, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 145–153

The Limits of Hylomorphism


DOI: 10.1007/s12133-012-0099-5

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Britton, T. Int Ontology Metaphysics (2012) 13: 145. doi:10.1007/s12133-012-0099-5


Aristotle’s theory of physical objects, hylomorphism, has resurfaced in contemporary metaphysics. In its current version, hylomorphism is proposed as a general theory of mereology, its purview extending beyond material objects to chemical composites, events, and non-physical mathematical, linguistic, and musical objects. While I agree that hylomorphism works well in all of the newly proposed applications, it fails as a theory of properties and their parts. I show that this is the case and then theorize about why this is so.


HylomorphismMereologyProperty partsStructure

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA