Chapter 22. Form, Essence, and Explanation in Aristotle's Biology

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. James G. Lennox Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch22

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

Lennox, J. G. (2009) Form, Essence, and Explanation in Aristotle's Biology, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch22

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  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • essence and explanation in theory and practice;
  • form, function, and biological essentialism;
  • priority of being to generation;
  • parallel demonstration;
  • one-in-form;
  • Aristotle's biology - form, essence, and explanation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Essence and Explanation in Theory and Practice

  • Form, Function, and Biological Essentialism

  • The Priority of Being to Generation

  • Conclusion

  • Notes

  • Bibliography