Hylemorphism
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1. Hylemorphism is strictly characteristic of Aristotelian scholastic philosophy. It is an effort to explain the nature of inner- worldly things. All bodies are essentially composed of matter (ΰλη) and form (μορφή) which in the concrete thing combine to make a unified whole. Hence hylemorphism is opposed to the various forms of atomism and dynamic monism which ultimately assume one single essential basis of beings. It is also opposed to a dualism which would suppose in living beings, and especia…

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Herbert Scheit, “Hylemorphism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_001890>
First published online: 2016



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