Departmental Colloquium: Mary Krizan (U of Wisconsin)

Thursday February 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Queen's University, Zoom
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Department of Philosophy Presents: Mary Kriza, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom (link distributed via email)

Title: Aristotle’s elements and a problem for change.

Abstract: Aristotle’s theory of material elements, as described in On Generation and Corruption II.1-4, points toward a serious issue for his theory of matter and change: in support of his ontology of things, they must be able to change into one another, but such changes are not readily explicable by the mechanisms of substantial change set out in Physics I.7-9. In this talk, I set out the origins of the apparent inconsistency and show that three common attempts to avoid it are not successful. In turn, I introduce an alternative solution, arguing that in the case of simple bodies, the notions of subject and constituent come apart.

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