Phronesis 66 (1):27-51 (2020)

Nathanael Stein
Florida State University
Aristotle presents four causes in Posterior Analytics 2.11, but where we expect matter we find instead the confusing formula, ‘what things being the case, necessarily this is the case’, and an equally confusing example. Some commentators infer that Aristotle is not referring to matter, others that he is but in a non-standard way. I argue that APo. 94a20-34 presents not matter, but determination by general features or facts, including facts about something’s genus. The closest connection to matter is Aristotle’s view that the relation between genus and species is analogous to that between matter and a hylomorphic compound.
Keywords Aristotle  Matter  Causation  Explanation  Demonstration
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DOI 10.1163/15685284-bja10034
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