Re: In defense of Dualism (typos corrected)

From: Joao Leao <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 16:56:09 -0400

I am not sure that the Aristotelic term applied
to this. I see hylemorphism as the position that
matter beggets form (rather the other way
around which is the more platonic position).

I think it applies fully to the group of attempts
to build Relational (Classical and Quantum)
Theories of space-time such as the work of
Smolin,Rovelli, Barbour and such...
These follow Leibnitz in proposing that Space
(and time) are not things but objective relations
between material objects.

I find these interesting but anti-platonic.


scerir wrote:

> From: "Joao Leao"
> > Our access to mathematical archetypes is in
> > this sense a "map" to help us "make our way back
> > to the garden", as Joni Mitchell (that great
> > Platonist) would put it!
> If I remember well - but I studied all that 35
> years ago - Aristotle called all that 'hylomorphism',
> from hule = matter, or sustance, and morphe = form,
> or in-formation.
> Whether or not hylomorphism has something to do
> with the limited information carried by quantum
> states and quantum states themselves, the carriers
> of that limited information, is something which
> I find interesting :-)
> Saluti,
> -serafino

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