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Aristotle and the Science of Nature: Unity without by Andrea Falcon

By Andrea Falcon

Aristotelian students have argued that he looked the wildlife, and its examine, as owning a different constitution. This ebook examines Aristotle's philosophy of nature during this mild. Claiming that the flora and fauna shows harmony with out uniformity, it demonstrates that even though 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 up of a distinct physique, Andrea Falcon's ebook is vital examining for all scholars of Aristotle's philosophy of nature.

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De caelo i 9, 14 Aristotle and the Science of Nature causal unity Interesting consequences as well as special problems follow from this particular approach. In particular, we are expected to be able to explain not only why the inquiry into nature displays a specific structure, but also why there is only a single inquiry. In other words, we are expected to be able to identify what gives unity to this inquiry; what makes it one inquiry rather than a mere collection of relatively independent and sufficiently selfcontained investigations.

In this passage, Aristotle is not only announcing an analysis of becoming in general; he is also making it clear that this general analysis of 50 Consider the following passage: (1) It is then clear that everybody makes, in one way or another, the contraries principles. (2) And this is plausible: the principles must come neither from one another nor from something else, and everything else must come from them. (3) The primary contraries have these characteristics; because they are primary they do not come from anything else; because they are contraries they do not come from one another (Phys.

Aristotle’s science of nature 15 and plants form one department of reality, but they do not fall under some higher genos like the different species of animals do. We have therefore to look for the relevant generic unity. One possibility is to argue that the science of nature is a methodologically unified science and claim that methodological unity is enough to secure the required generic unity. Let us return to the beginning of the Meteorology, and in particular to the question whether the study of plants and animals can be exhaustively conducted in accordance with the method indicated – clause (6).

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