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Unformatted text preview: Categories . For substantial change requires a subject (viz., matter) that seems more basic than the individual plants and animals of the Categories . But this creates a problem: if the primary substances of the Categories turn out to be compounds of form and matter, how can they be the basic ingredients of the world? Example: a builder is not a basic individual, for Aristotle. A builder is a compound of a subject and a property: a substance (a human being) and a characteristic (s)he happens to havethe knowledge of building. How, then, can a tiger retain its status as a basic individual? After all, it, too, is a compound of a subject and a property: matter and a form that supervenes, a form that the matter happens to have. This problem is not addressed in the Physics , but it is one that Aristotle returns to in the Metaphysics . His answer, as we shall see, is not altogether clear....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course PHYSICS 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.
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