Chapter 10. Form and Matter

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. Frank A. Lewis Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch10

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Lewis, F. A. (2009) Form and Matter, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch10

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • form and matter and metaphysical preliminaries;
  • contraries and underlying subject;
  • form, matter, and unity of substance;
  • change and constitution;
  • Parmenides and Plato;
  • explanation and natural philosophy;
  • (metaphysical) predication;
  • hierarchy of form and matter;
  • teleological conception of matter


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Some Metaphysical Preliminaries

  • The Introduction of Matter and Form

  • The Hierarchy of Form and Matter

  • Matter and Potentiality, Form and Actuality; the Teleological Conception of Matter

  • Form, Matter, and the “Unity of Substance”

  • Prime Matter

  • Entrapment and the Homonymy of the Body and Its Organs

  • Note

  • Bibliography