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Talk at Bogazici, Hikmet Unlu (Yeditepe), “Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”

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Monday, April 27

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)

Hikmet Unlu (PhD Yeditepe, MA Amsterdam)
“Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”
According to Aristotle the material aspect of matter-form compounds is ultimately reducible to the four elements, for it is from these four elements (earth, water, air, fire) that everything in the sublunary realm is made. Living beings are a special case of matter-form compounds, and they owe their unique status to the alleged interaction between the soul and the elements. Such an account is highly problematic, however, because the elements already have particular inclinations, and it is difficult to conceive how the soul could override these inclinations. The interaction problem threatens not only the unity of living beings but also the substancehood of substances, which in turn leads us to question the basic assumptions of Aristotelian ontology.

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April 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

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