Aristotle on Nature and Incomplete Substance by Sheldon M. Cohen
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Aristotle on Nature and Incomplete Substance
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Aristotle on Nature and Incomplete Substance

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Aristotle on Nature and Incomplete Substance by Sheldon M. Cohen

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This book examines Aristotle's metaphysics and his account of nature, stressing the ways in which his desire to explain observed natural processes shaped his philosophical thought. It departs radically from a tradition of interpretation, in which Aristotle is understood to have approached problems with a set of abstract principles in hand, principles derived from critical reflection on the views of his predecessors. A central example of the book interprets Aristotle's essentialism as deriving from an examination of the kinds of unity that various sorts of things have: elemental motion, alteration, transformation and the growth of organisms. An important conclusion of this argument is that an essence may, under certain circumstances, lack some of its essential attributes. This is a major re-evaluation of Aristotle's metaphysics that will interest philosophers, classicists and historians of science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521533133
ISBN-10: 0521533139
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 204
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Explores Aristotle's concept of nature and its role in scientific explanation.

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