Anthropological Hylomorphism

Authored by: Bruno Niederbacher

The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472410931
eBook ISBN: 9781315613673
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041320


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In philosophical anthropology, hylomorphism is the view that human beings are compounds of matter (Greek hylē) and form (Greek morphē). In this chapter I first present a version of hylomorphism that is inspired by the Aristotelian tradition and explore some difficulties pertaining to it. Second I investigate how this version accounts for three central topics of Christian belief: the creation and beginning of an individual human being, the moral responsibility and moral status of human beings, and, finally, their bodily resurrection.

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