Monthly Archives: January 2011

Accidents and a Porphyrian tree

Below is a preliminary Porphyrian tree for accidents. Advertisements

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Substances and Porphyrian trees

Substance from a Thomistic point of view is a composite of: 1) Actuality and Potentiality 2) Substantial Form and Prime Matter (for corporeal substances, see below) 3) Essence and the Act of Existing. Substance, along with accident, is also one of … Continue reading

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Peripatetic vs Mechanical Philosophy

The seventeenth century saw the emergence of Mechanical philosophy. Descart, Boyle, Hobbes, Gassendi and others rejected the Aristotelian idea of substantial form and final causes. Matter was no more understood as a correlate of form, but rather understood to be … Continue reading

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