Is matter governed by an immaterial form, as Aristotle once argued? Or is the physical world all there is? On today’s episode, guest host Pat Flynn interviews philosopher Jim Madden, author of a chapter in the new book Minding the Brain. Madden discusses his involvement in the book project and his contribution to the volume. He explains the concept of hylomorphism, the idea that objects are composed of both matter and form. Madden emphasizes that hylomorphism is not dualism or materialism, but rather a distinct philosophical perspective. He explores the connection between hylomorphism and Aristotle’s views on the soul and ethics. Madden also touches on the relationship between hylomorphism and contemporary neuroscience.
- The new book Minding the Brain contains the chapter “Mere Hylomorphism and Neuroscience”, by Jim Madden.
- Guest host: Pat Flynn. Listen to Pat’s podcast series Philosophy for the People and check out his website.
- This interview originally aired on Pat Flynn’s Philosophy for the People podcast series.
- Watch the interview on YouTube.