Does hylomorphism offer a distinctive solution to the grounding problem?

Analysis 74 (3):397-404 (2014)
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The Aristotelian doctrine of hylomorphism has seen a recent resurgence of popularity, due to the work of a number of well-known and impressive philosophers. One of the recently motivating virtues claimed for the doctrine is its ability to solve the grounding problem for philosophers who believe in coinciding entities. In this brief article, I will argue that when fully spelled out, hylomorphism does not, in fact, contribute a distinctive solution to this problem. It is not that it offers no solution at all, but that it is not really a different solution from other familiar, seemingly non-hylomorphic, solutions on offer



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Alan Sidelle
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