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Aristotle’s Theory of Parts


Allan Bäck


Pages 49 - 56



At first glance Aristotle does not make parts and wholes fundamental in his theory: we think rather of substance and accident, matter and form, potentiality and actuality. However, in the course of investigating the structure of substances, he came to make some distinctions about types of parts. These distinctions, coupled with his remarks on parts elsewhere came to form the basis of standard medieval doctrine of parts and wholes and his own account of the structure of substance.




1Department of Philosophy, Kutztown University



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