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Aristotle’s Theory of Material Substance. Heat and Pneuma, by Gad Freudenthal

By Gad Freudenthal

This publication bargains an unique new account of 1 of Aristotle's valuable doctrines. Freudenthal He recreates from Aristotle's writings a extra entire conception of fabric substance which can clarify the complicated parts of how topic organizes itself and the patience of subject, to teach that the hitherto neglected idea of important warmth is as vital in explaining fabric substance as soul or form.

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Constructs flesh and the bodily parts of the other sense-organs out of the purest of the material, whereas out of the residues [which are earthier] she constructs bones and sinews and hair, and also nails and hoofs and all such things' b (GA 2. 6, 744 23-6; d. ). The latter, as also plants (which are earthy too), are indeed incapable of sensation (DA 3. ). ), it follows that 'it cannot but necessarily be that the more precise senses will have their precision rendered still greater if ministered to by parts that have the purest blood.

Vital Heat: Persistence and Soul-Functions Vital Heat: Persistence and Soul-Functions something to do also with his spatial orientation in relation to the cosmos (d. also HA 1. 15, 494~26-b1). We will now see that this conception is in fact consistent with-indeed is part and parcel of-an essential characteristic of Aristotle's cosmology and theology. . f God in terms of intellect and thought as expounded notably m Metaphysics A. But we must here take into ~ccount a non-explicit crucial trait underlying Aristotle's theologIcal thought, one th~t Heinz Happ has well described as the 'spatialization of the noetic substance' by Aristotle.

Rld of generation of corruption. The natural neceSSIties pOSIted m the theory of matter do not give rise to order, and in fact tend to subvert whatever order and structure there may be. he ha~ to account not only for the coming-to-be and the passmg eXlstenc~ of unique individual organized substances, but also for. e. for the supposed fact that matter IS recurrently informed into substances of essentially the same structures. The obvious conclusion was that Aristotle had to introduce some further explanatory principles.

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