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Description - Aristotle and the Science of Nature by Andrea Falcon

In recent years the study of Aristotle's philosophy of nature has taken a new direction, under which Aristotle is shown to have regarded the natural world, and its study, as having a clear structure. Andrea Falcon explores this new direction in order to present an accessible examination of Aristotle's philosophy of nature. He shows that Aristotle, while systematically investigating nature, also recognized the limitations of natural science. Aristotle insisted that the celestial world is radically different from the sublunary world and that there is an important discontinuity between both worlds. This book explores the source of the discontinuity and argues that Aristotle's conviction that the natural world exhibits unity without uniformity ultimately led to his claim that the heavens are made of a special body, unique to them. Highly accessible and clearly-structured, this book is essential reading for all students of Aristotle's philosophy of nature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521854399
ISBN-10: 0521854393
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrea Falcon

Andrea Falcon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of Corpi e Movimenti: Il De caelo di Aristotele e la sua fortuna nel mondo antico (Naples, 2001).

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