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|Name: Prof. Fei-Ting Chen|
|Institution: National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan|
|Title: A Hylomorphic Proposal of an Aristotelian Event|
|Abstract: I argue that Physics VII.3 suggests a hylomorphic account of an Aristotelian event. In Physics VII.3 Aristotle offers an analysis of why acquisitions of forms and changes of somatic and psychic states are not considered to be genuine qualitative changes. He knows his readers may rashly assume that they are, inasmuch as they involve a concomitant case of genuine qualitative change. In this paper, first, I argue that the above non-genuine qualitative changes should be understood as the coming-to-be into a state of excellence, namely, an activity (energeia) rather than a change (kinêsis). The passage in 246a4-b3 indicates that an Aristotelian event consists of two parts: the coming-to-be into a state of excellence at the formal level as well as the genuine qualitative change at the material level. Second, I refute the popular one-direction supervenience interpretation in which the coming-to-be into a state of excellence is construed to be a “Cambridge Change” that supervenes upon the genuine qualitative change at the material level. Through reconstructing Aristotle’s analysis of the case of becoming healthy in 246b3-20, I shall offer an interpretation of two-direction relation instead: the material necessitation from genuine qualitative change and the formal constraint from excellence.|
|Keywords: Aristotle, Physics, Change, Activity, Event|