Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms

Oxford University Press UK (2016)

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Simon Evnine
University of Miami
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Simon J. Evnine explores the view that some objects have matter from which they are distinct but that this distinctness is not due to the existence of anything like a form. He draws on Aristotle's insight that such objects must be understood in terms of an account that links what they are essentially with how they come to exist and what their functions are. Artifacts are the most prominent kind of objects where these three features coincide, and Evnine develops a detailed account of the existence and identity conditions of artifacts, and the origins of their functions, in terms of how they come into existence. He then extends this account to organisms, where evolution accomplishes what is effected by intentional making in the case of artifacts, and to actions, which are seen as artifactual events.
Keywords artifacts  hylomorphism  function  organisms  actions  Fine  Aristotle  Koslicki  matter  constitution
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