Aristotle's Theology: A Commentary on a Book of the by Leo Elders

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That is why the soul, as long as it is in [the body], will never lack sense-perception even if some other part has departed; but no matter what [parts] of it are destroyed along with the container’s dissolution (whether entire or partial), if the soul survives it will be able to perceive. But the rest of the aggregate—whole or part—is not able to perceive even if it survives, when the number of atoms, however small it be, which makes up the nature of the soul, has departed. 73 tered and no longer has the same powers, nor can it move; consequently, it does not then [in fact] have [the power of] sense-perception.

Moreover, one must believe that it is the job of physics to work out precisely the cause of the most important things, and that blessedness lies in this part of meteorological knowledge and in knowing what the natures are which are observed in these meteorological phenomena, and all matters related to precision on this topic. And again, [one must accept] that in such matters there is no room for things occurring in several ways and things which might occur otherwise, but that anything which suggests conflict or disturbance simply cannot occur in the indestructible and divine nature.

10. There is a lacuna at this point in the text. A scholiast adds: “But he himself says in book 12 of the On Nature that they are different: some are spherical, some eggshaped, and others have different sorts of shapes; but they do not have every [possible] shape. ” 11. Scholiast: “Similarly they are nourished in it. ” 12. The text may be corrupt here; the sense should be that the inventors or discoverers followed an analogy with words already used in their own societies when deliberately coining new terms.

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