Analysis Of Aristotle 's ' Hylomorphism ' Essay

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On Aristotle’s “Hylomorphism” he explains how this theory, or idea, teaches how every physical thing in the universe is made up of two key composites, matter and form. In other words, everything has matter and form. Which matter is potency and form is the actuality. So for example, form without matter would be the Prime Mover. With that being said then that means the Prime Mover is pure actuality. Since humans are made up of matter then that means we are in potency. Potency shows that matter is always changing and we can observe this with everything that is made up of matter. There isn’t anything you can find anywhere in this planet, galaxy, or even the universe that is made up of matter that doesn’t have potency.
In this theory, Aristotle says that the form is the essence. In humans we find that DNA is just a part of the essence because that is what gives us form. Aristotle argues that in order for there to be change, or potency, there has to be two principles involved. One of the principles would be the one that changes and the other one is the one that remains the same. So in this case the substance that changes is matter while the form is the constant and remains the same actualizing the principle of form which made it an actual being. Now when it comes to the human body and soul, Aristotle says this is a special case between matter and form. Body and soul is naturally present and exists in all compound beings. He thinks one must look at the roots or the primary…

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