The Roots of Logical Hylomorphism

12 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2015

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Elena Dragalina–Chernaya

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: February 24, 2015


The purpose of this paper is four-fold. Firstly, various explications of the logical hylomorphism will be sketched. Secondly, I propose to revisit certain interpretations of Aristotle’s syllogistic. I attempt to answer the question why Aristotle was not the founder of logical hylomorphism. Thirdly, I try to qualify the logical hylomorphism of Alexander of Aphrodisias. Finally, I focus on the medieval discussions on syncategoremata and consequences. My larger aim is to discuss the origin of formality criterion for the demarcation of logic.

Keywords: logical hylomorphism, logical form, logical matter, syllogistic, categorematic terms, syncategorematic terms, material consequence, formal consequence

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Dragalina–Chernaya, Elena, The Roots of Logical Hylomorphism (February 24, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 88/HUM/2015 . Available at SSRN: or

Elena Dragalina–Chernaya (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017

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