38 - Down to Earth: Aristotle on Substance

Aristotle rejects Plato's Forms, holding that ordinary things are primary substances. But what happens when we divide such substances into matter and form?

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Further Reading: 

• M.F. Burnyeat, A Map of Metaphysics Zeta (Pittsburgh, PA: 2001).

• M. Frede, Essays in Ancient Philosophy (Oxford: 1987).

• M.J. Loux,  Primary Ousia: An Essay on Aristotle's Metaphysics Ζ and Η (Ithaca, NY: 1991).

• T. Scaltsas, D. Charles, and M.L. Gill (eds.), Unity, Identity, and Explanation in Aristotle's Metaphysics (Oxford: 1994).

• M. Wedin, Aristotle's Theory of Substance: the Categories and Metaphysics Zeta (Oxford: 2000).

Stanford Encyclopedia: Aristotle's Metaphysics