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Structure and Method in Aristotle's <I>Meteorologica</I>
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: December 2013
  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online ISBN: 9781107337121

Book description

In the first full-length study in any modern language dedicated to the Meteorologica, Malcolm Wilson presents a groundbreaking interpretation of Aristotle's natural philosophy. Divided into two parts, the book first addresses general philosophical and scientific issues by placing the treatise in a diachronic frame comprising Aristotle's predecessors and in a synchronic frame comprising his other physical works. It argues that Aristotle thought of meteorological phenomena as intermediary or 'dualizing' between the cosmos as a whole and the manifold world of terrestrial animals. Engaging with the best current literature on Aristotle's theories of science and metaphysics, Wilson focuses on issues of aetiology, teleology and the structure and unity of science. The second half of the book illustrates Aristotle's principal concerns in a section-by-section treatment of the meteorological phenomena and provides solutions to many of the problems that have been raised since the time of the ancient commentators.

Reviews

'Anyone interested in Aristotle’s conception of the cosmos or his scientific method should find this material (and Wilson’s accounts of them) of great interest … My reaction to this book is overwhelmingly positive.'

Robert Mayhew Source: Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'In this remarkable book, Malcolm Wilson returns Meteorologica I-III to its important place in Aristotle’s account of the natural world.'

Craig Martin Source: Early Science and Medicine

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