From Quantum Physics to Classical Metaphysics

  title={From Quantum Physics to Classical Metaphysics},
  author={William M. R. Simpson},
  journal={Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature},
  • W. M. Simpson
  • Published 30 September 2021
  • Philosophy
  • Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature
In this chapter, I argue that Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism, which conceived the natural world as consisting of substances which are metaphysically composed of matter and form, is ripe for rehabilitation in the light of quantum physics. I begin by discussing Aristotle’s conception of matter and form, as it was understood by Aquinas, and how Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism was ‘physicalised’ and eventually abandoned with the rise of microphysicalism. I argue that the phenomenon of…