Forms of Hylomorphism

Authored by: Sarah Pessin

The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415881609
eBook ISBN: 9781315708928
Adobe ISBN: 9781317484332


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Hylomorphism—the view that substances are composed of matter (hūlē) and form (morphē)—can be found in Islamic philosophy in a variety of manners, falling under two large categories: Aristotelian hylomorphism and Pseudo-Empedoclean hylomorphism. In an effort to unpack these two trends in Islamic thought, we turn to Ibn Sīnā and Shahrastani.

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