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World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism

Brungardt, John G. (2019) World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism. Synthese. pp. 1-33. ISSN 1573-0964

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This essay proposes a comprehensive blueprint for the hylomorphic foundations of cosmology. The key philosophical explananda in cosmology are those dealing with global processes and structures, the regularity of global regularities, and the existence of the global as such. The possibility of elucidating these using alternatives to hylomorphism is outlined and difficulties with these alternatives are raised. Hylomorphism, by contrast, provides a sound philosophical ground for cosmology insofar as it leads to notions of cosmic essence, the unity of complex essences, and globally emergent properties. These are used as the basis to account for the aforementioned cosmological explananda and to resolve two problems in the philosophy of cosmology: the meta-law dilemma and the uniqueness of the universe. In summary, cosmology needs hylomorphism because it is able to ground cosmology’s efforts as a scientific inquiry. It can do so because hylomorphism philosophically accounts for changing substances and aggregates of substances, the various scales of law-governed behavior measured by the natures of those substances, and how those substances as parts relate to the universe as a whole.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Brungardt, John G.0000-0003-4989-145X
Keywords: hylomorphism, philosophy of cosmology, universe, laws, meta-law dilemma
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Dr. John G. Brungardt
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 01:29
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 01:29
Item ID: 15719
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL:
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-019-02112-0
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 6 February 2019
Page Range: pp. 1-33
ISSN: 1573-0964

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