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By Andrea Falcon

ISBN-10: 0521854393

ISBN-13: 9780521854399

Aristotelian students have argued that he seemed the flora and fauna, and its examine, as owning a distinct constitution. This booklet examines Aristotle's philosophy of nature during this mild. Claiming that the flora and fauna indicates harmony with out uniformity, it demonstrates that even if he systematically investigated nature, Aristotle by no means forgot to acknowledge the constraints of usual technology. Arguing that his declare resulted in the conviction that the heavens are made from a distinct physique, Andrea Falcon's booklet is vital analyzing for all scholars of Aristotle's philosophy of nature.

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These bodies are the material principles of everything in the sublunary world, and for Aristotle they are endowed with the capacity to move towards their own natural places. 25 Something is therefore needed to prevent the liberated material principles from being completely relocated in their natural places. The dislocation of a certain amount of earth, water, air, and fire is in fact crucial for the persistence of the process of coming into existence and going out of existence. 26 By now it should be clear that the program for the investigation of nature presented in the opening lines of the Meteorology, is strongly dependent upon a specific conception of the natural world.

Let us return to the generation of man from man. There is a sense in which the explanation of the generation of a particular man from a man can be given by pointing out four explanatory factors: the father, the sperma, the katamenia, and the goal of that particular generation; that is, a particular form of organization realized in a body of a specific type. The sun is required only to account for the continuity and eternity of the generation of a man from a man. Moreover, there are only some aspects of the celestial world which are of direct relevance to the study of the sublunary world.

See Phys. 193 a 4–9. For a discussion of this second passage, I refer the reader to Waterlow (1982: 30–1). 58 For an introduction to Aristotle’s conception of subordination see McKirahan (1978: 197–220). 59 Cf. Rhet. 1354 a 1–6. 60 looking ahead So far I have insisted on the unity of the natural world and argued that Aristotle conceives of this world as a causally unified system. In the following chapters I shall argue that Aristotle believes in the existence of celestial and sublunary natures but does not believe in the uniformity of nature.

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