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Pure Form in Aristotle

In: Phronesis
Author: Eugene E. Ryan1
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209 Pure Form in Aristotle EUGENE E. RYAN odern commentators often attribute to Aristotle a position in- vl volving a grave inconsistency in his metaphysics. This position, which I will call "the paradoxical doctrine of pure form," consists in holding two apparently irreconcilable theses: A Since form is a correlate of matter (and a correlate of the sort that cannot exist apart from its partner,)' it is impossible to divorce form from matter; it would be as absurd to say "x is a form but has no matter" as it would be to say "Jones is a husband but has

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