Aristotle, Evolution, and Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphogenetic Fields A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J.

Fejfar In his scientific work, Rupert Sheldrake discusses a concept which scientists call “morphogenetic fields.” Morphogenetic Fields are “invisible fields of influence” which help to structure biological growth. A morphogenetic field can also be called a “morphogenetic form.” A morphogenetic form seems to be very similar to the Aristotelian material forms and substantial forms which I have previously discussed in my work. Sheldrake has two explanations for morphogenetic forms, the first involving Plato. Arguably, the morphogenetic forms are the Immutable Platonic forms found in the “mathematical world of perfection” also known as the World of the Forms. These forms exist outside. of time. I would argue, however, that these forms can be “added to, but not subtracted from, rearranged but not changed.” In this sense the forms can be added to outside of time. The idea that the forms could be added to is consistent with Sheldrake’s other hypothesis involving formative causation. Under the


formative causation theory, nature itself can produce forms utilizing evolutionary creativity. I would argue that both theories operate simultaneously, and that both are true. I would argue that a more ethereal subststantial form developes from the original “material form” or morphogenetic form in some instances. At the same time, many substantial forms manifest as material forms or morphogenetic forms. Thus evolution involves a top down-bottom up dialectic of the forms. Lastly, I would argue that the Immutable Platonic Forms and the Aristotelian Forms are not the same. The Immutable Platonic Forms exist in the World of Perfection, the World of the Forms, outside of time. I would argue that the Aristotelian forms exist inside of time and inhere in reality here and now.

Bibliography Fejfar, Anthony Jurisprudence for a New Age Sheldrake, Rupert, The Greening of the Rebirth of Nature Science and God