i am sure of your knowingness that the Matter/Form distinction is just a
short way of Aristotle's division of the ten basic kinds of entities:
Substance/Properties (Quantity, Quality, Relation, Place, Time, Position,
State, Change (action, passion)).
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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 5:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] entity: nothing (02)
> Yes, that is true:
> > So, antimatter as a form of matter (made of elementary antiparticles)
> > is a kind of substance, the first class citizen of Aristotle's
> > categories.
> But that is so very general that it hardly says anything. Aristotle
> also developed the form-matter distinction, which doesn't quite fit
> the ten categories. Aristotle's matter does not correspond exactly
> to the modern physicists' concept of matter, which itself undergoes
> major revisions with new discoveries and new theories.
> As Peirce said,
> "It is easy to be certain. One has only to be sufficiently vague."
> For some purposes, a vague answer is adequate. But for other purposes,
> it is necessary to deal with the very annoying details that don't fit
> together as nicely as one would hope.
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