On Aristotle's "on the Heavens 2.10-14"
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On Aristotle's on the Heavens 2.10-14 by Ian Mueller
Book DescriptionAristotle believed that the outermost stars are carried round us on a transparent sphere. There are directions in the universe and a preferred direction of rotation. The sun, moon and planets are carried on different revolving spheres. The spheres and celestial bodies are composed of an everlasting fifth element, which has none of the ordinary contrary properties like heat and cold which could destroy it, but only the facility for uniform rotation. But this creates problems as to how the heavenly bodies create light, and, in the case of the sun, heat. The topics covered in this part of Simplicius' commentary are: the speeds and distances of the stars; that the stars are spherical; why the sun and moon have fewer motions than the other five planets; why the sphere of the fixed stars contains so many stars whereas the other heavenly spheres contain no more than one (Simplicius has a long excursus on planetary theory in his commentary on this chapter); discussion of people's views on the position, motion or rest, shape, and size of the earth; that the earth is a relatively small sphere at rest in the centre of the cosmos.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801444159
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ian Mueller
Alexander of Aphrodisias: on Aristotle Prior Analytics 1.14-22, Paperback (April 2014)
Includes translation of Aristotle's text.
Alexander of Aphrodisias: On Aristotle Prior Analytics 1.32-46, Paperback (April 2014)
Explains some of Aristotle's more opaque assertions and discusses post-Aristotelian ideas in semantics and the philosophy of language. It provides an insight into the way in which these disciplines developed in the Hellenistic era. He also shows a more sophisticated understanding of these fields than Aristotle himself.
Alexander of Aphrodisias: on Aristotle Prior Analytics 1.23-31, Paperback (April 2014)
In his commentary on the final chapter translated in this volume, the author provides an insightful account of Aristotle's criticism of Plato's method of division. His discussion helps readers follow Aristotle's difficult presentation.
Simplicius: On Aristotle on the Heavens 1.3-4, Paperback (April 2014)» View all books by Ian Mueller
Until the launch of this series nearly twenty years ago, the 15,000 volumes of the ancient Greek commentators on Aristotle constituted the largest corpus of extant Greek philosophical writings not translated into English or other European languages. Over 60 volumes have now appeared in the series, which is planned in some 80 volumes altogether.
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