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Potential Happiness?

In two previous posts I have made it clear that happiness seems almost impossible to have. Yet it is the most important thing to have. It seems impossible that such an important thing would be impossible to have. The only way to solve this dilemma is to examine it further. Since the problem has two do with being happy, we should examine and distinguish various ways that we might be happy. Sometime...

Change and Secondary Substances

I have explained how substances and explanation are connected in a previous post. I mentioned that there are four ways to understand substances: materially, essentially, causally and teleologically. In a different post, I mentioned that change needs to be explained by the use of powers. These ideas belong together. Each change has a purpose, a passive object and an active subject. Each change is t...

Powers and Potential

So far, I have discussed matter and things and the various ways that they exist and can be understood. However, the entire discussion was completed without detailed consideration of change. I have already proven that change is real and that change of substance requires that matter exist. So now we can consider the nature of change while considering what we have already learned about matter and thi...