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By David Bolotin

Retaining that Aristotle's writings in regards to the wildlife include a rhetorical floor in addition to a philosophic middle, David Bolotin argues during this ebook that Aristotle by no means heavily meant a lot of his doctrines which were demolished through sleek technological know-how. subsequently, he offers a couple of "case reports" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a suggestion that was once in general shared by means of commentators on his paintings in overdue antiquity and the center a long time. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's actual perspectives haven't been refuted through smooth technological know-how and nonetheless deserve our so much severe awareness.

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And there are other examples in the Physics of this usage. One of the most noteworthy of these examples occurs in his discussion of void, where he introduces the claim that the matter of hot and coldwhich in the context means, especially, of air and wateris one in number by saying that this is what ''we say on the basis of what has been laid down" (hmeiVdelegomenektwnupokeimenwn, 217a21). Now in the light of this usage, we are prepared to remark that Aristotle's discussion of Anaxagoras contains an unusual density of references to what "they," that is, he and his followers, say.

In making his case for the existence of an unmoved Prime Mover, Aristotle's strongest argument against an infinite regress of motive causes (which would themselves be in motion) relies on the assumption that a motive cause must remain in contact with the body that it moves in order for the latter's motion to continue. For on this assumption (along with one or two others), Aristotle can argue that infinitely many moved movers would be like a single body moving with an infinitely great motion in the finite time of the original motion to be explained, which is impossible (compare Physics 256a1319 with 242a49243a31; see esp.

2. Physics 191a23b27; 187a2635. 3. Physics 191b2021; and contrast 190a2426, 190b45. 4.

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