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Subject/Keyword
Aristotle's theory of matter
Aristotle's theory of intellection
Aristotle's theory of change and generation
Intellect and incorporeality
Spatial extension
Aristotle
Prime Matter
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Small, Matthew A
Supervisor and department
Corkum, Philip (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Kitchen, John (History and Classics)
Tweedale, Martin (Philosophy)
Harris, John (History and Classics)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-08-20T16:03:37Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In this paper, I shall stress the importance of discussing Aristotle’s theory of matter in light of his theory of intellect. I shall focus upon a division of the prime matter debate, whose advocates reject prime matter on the grounds that the common matter of the elements is essentially extended, and thus, not a pure potentiality. Failing to acknowledge that the human intellect as described in the De Anima is a material substratum, advocates of this position typically defend their view by ascribing to Aristotle the Cartesian principle that all matter is essentially extended. But the materiality of the intellect, combined with Aristotle’s doctrine of the incorporeality of nous, entails that Aristotle believed in an essentially (and necessarily) unextended species of matter.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3H89P
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