An approach to Aristotle's physics: with particular by David Bolotin

By David Bolotin

Conserving that Aristotle's writings in regards to the flora and fauna include a rhetorical floor in addition to a philosophic center, David Bolotin argues during this e-book that Aristotle by no means heavily meant a lot of his doctrines which have been demolished by way of glossy technological know-how. therefore, he provides a couple of "case stories" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a idea that was once quite often shared by means of commentators on his paintings in past due antiquity and the center a while. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's genuine perspectives haven't been refuted by way of glossy technology and nonetheless deserve our so much critical realization.

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24 Moreover, as we have noted, it is not merely by concomitance that a being comes to be from something with the appropriate potency. 25 And this interpretation also helps us to see the strength of Aristotle's second response to the perplexity of the ancients, a response that he had told us was based on the distinction between potency and being at work. Now if the substrate from which a being comes to be does not persist, as at least in the case of natural beings it does not,26 then the being can not consist of a form in that substrate.

5 And Aristotle is turned to because his natural science has come to be seen as a masterful description along these lines. The traditional interpretation of Aristotle's science has been accused of concealing this fundamental feature of it, by misconstruing it as an attempt to derive the natural phenomena from ultimate causes. Page 3 And by contrast, one of the most thoughtful among the recent Aristotelian scholars has spoken of the Physics as a kind of phenomenology and as a study of the linguistic structures in terms of which we experience the natural world.

Physics 234b10235b5, 237b922. 11. Physics, bk. q; On the Heaven, bk. A; Generation of Animals 731b18732a1; Meteorology 339b2830. 12. Wieland, for instance, acknowledges in his concluding remarks that the last book of the Physics, with its argument for the existence of an unmoved Prime Mover, goes beyond the scope of phenomenology. But he does not himself devote any thematic attention to this fact (Wieland, Die aristotelische Physik, 33538). 13. , trans. W. B. Baron, Jr. and Vera Deutsch (Chicago: Regnery, 1967), 8095.

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