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Philosophy Workshop: Anna Schriefl on "Aristotle's concept of matter and the generation of animals"

Philosophy Workshop: Anna Schriefl on "Aristotle's concept of matter and the generation of animals"

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center
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Anna Schriefl, University of Bonn, on "Aristotle's concept of matter and the generation of animals"

Abstract: 

There is a broad consensus that Aristotle introduced the concept of matter in order to develop a consistent account of substantial change. However, it is disputed which role matter fulfills in substantial change. According to the traditional interpretation, matter persists while taking on or losing a substantial form. According to a rival interpretation, matter does not persist in substantial change; instead, it is an entity from which a new substance can emerge and which ceases to exist in this process. In my view, both interpretations are problematic in the light of Aristotle’s broader ontological project and are at odds with the way Aristotle describes the substantial generation of living beings. On the basis of Aristotle's biological theory, I will suggest that Aristotelian matter is a continuant in substantial generation, but does not satisfy the common criteria for persistence that apply to individual substances.

Anna Schriefl
Anna Schriefl is Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (assistant professor) at the University of Bonn, and currently a visiting scholar at the New School. She has published a book about Plato's criticism of money and wealth, and most recently an introduction into Stoicism (both in German). 

Presented by The New School for Social Research and Philosophy Department



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