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Aristotle's Physics
A Critical Guide

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Mariska Leunissen, James G. Lennox, Sean Kelsey, Stasinos Stavrianeas, James Allen, Margaret Scharle, Charlotte Witt, Robert Bolton, Devin Henry, Diana Quarantotto, David Charles, Jacob Rosen, Ursula Coope, Andrea Falcon
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108454186

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  • Aristotle's study of the natural world plays a tremendously important part in his philosophical thought. He was very interested in the phenomena of motion, causation, place and time, and teleology, and his theoretical materials in this area are collected in his Physics, a treatise of eight books which has been very influential on later thinkers. This volume of new essays provides cutting-edge research on Aristotle's Physics, taking into account recent changes in the field of Aristotle in terms of its understanding of key concepts and preferred methodology. The contributions reassess the key concepts of the treatise (including nature, chance, teleology, art, and motion), reconstruct Aristotle's methods for the study of nature, and determine the boundaries of his natural philosophy. Due to the foundational nature of Aristotle's Physics itself, the volume will be a must-read for all scholars working on Aristotle.

    • Offers new, cutting-edge interpretations of Aristotle's Physics
    • Reassesses key notions in Aristotle's natural philosophy to provide a new understanding of fundamental concepts
    • Provides new perspectives on Aristotle's methodology in the natural sciences and on their relation to other sciences in Aristotle
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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108454186
    • length: 309 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mariska Leunissen
    1. How to study natural bodies: Aristotle's Mέθοδος James G. Lennox
    2. Aristotle on interpreting nature Sean Kelsey
    3. Nature as a principle of change Stasinos Stavrianeas
    4. Aristotle on chance as an accidental cause James Allen
    5. Man from man but not bed from bed: nature, art and chance in Physics II Margaret Scharle
    6. In defense of the craft analogy: artifacts and natural teleology Charlotte Witt
    7. The origins of Aristotle's natural teleology in Physics II Robert Bolton
    8. Substantial generation in Physics I. 5-7 Devin Henry
    9. A dynamic ontology: on how Aristotle arrived at the conclusion that eternal change accomplishes Ousia Diana Quarantotto
    10. Aristotle's processes David Charles
    11. Physics V-VI versus VIII: unity of change and disunity in the Physics Jacob Rosen
    12. Perfection and the physiology of habituation according to Physics VII.3 Mariska Leunissen
    13. Self-motion as other-motion in Aristotle's Physics Ursula Coope
    14. The argument of Physics VIII Andrea Falcon.

  • Editor

    Mariska Leunissen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Mariska Leunissen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her recent publications include Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Science of Nature (2010).


    Mariska Leunissen, James G. Lennox, Sean Kelsey, Stasinos Stavrianeas, James Allen, Margaret Scharle, Charlotte Witt, Robert Bolton, Devin Henry, Diana Quarantotto, David Charles, Jacob Rosen, Ursula Coope, Andrea Falcon

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