What Killed Substantial Form? ( and can it be revived?). David Banach Department of Philosophy St. Anselm College. Plato’s Timaeus (48e-56c ).
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Department of Philosophy
St. Anselm College
Appearances saved by geometric construction. Simple unified apparent motion arises from confluence of many forms.
Simple unified motions often arise from an impure conglomeration of forces such as friction and air resistance. The scientific method systematically manipulates properties to isolate the real source of phenomena.
How does the ball remember whether it is dropped from a stationary or moving object? It doesn’t have to, the motion from within each frame of reference is the same.
1°real properties of matterPrimary and Secondary Properties The Assayer 1623
An explanation in terms of the intrinsic properties of a nature no longer counted as a scientific explanation, even if such a nature did exist and even if such an explanation could be given. Without the apodictic certainty or necessity supplied by mathematical deduction, an account no longer counted as science. The whole scientific method was designed to see which regularities nature was necessitated to follow independent of the circumstances and across all transformations.