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An approach to Aristotle's physics: with particular by David Bolotin

By David Bolotin

Preserving that Aristotle's writings in regards to the flora and fauna 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 by means of glossy technological know-how. for this reason, he offers a few "case reviews" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a suggestion that was once often shared by means of commentators on his paintings in past due antiquity and the center a long time. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's actual perspectives haven't been refuted via glossy technological know-how and nonetheless deserve our such a lot critical cognizance.

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242b5363; cf. 266b27267a2). This assumption, in other words, is needed to exclude the alternative that a body's motion might be caused by a chain of successive interactions, stretching infinitely far back in time, among moved movers. And Aristotle's suggestion about projectile motion, according to which the various parts of the medium along the path of the projectile keep it moving, is more in Page 12 accord with this key assumption (or more nearly in accord with it) than is any account in which the body's motion could continue on its own (Physics 267a312; cf.

And in any case, the rejection of the Darwinian account of evolution stems mostly from older and different sources than does the prevailing critique of modern science. More typically, we see an acceptance of the results of this science, combined, however, with a criticism of the ordinary interpretation of these Page 2 results; and this criticism has led to the view that modern and Aristotelian science, when both are rightly understood, are not opposed, but complementary to one another. The criticism to which I am referring begins by arguing that modern scientists themselves and other interpreters of their results are wrong to claim to have seen beneath the apparent world of our experience in the direction of its true or underlying being.

11. Physics, bk. q; On the Heaven, bk. A; Generation of Animals 731b18732a1; Meteorology 339b2830. 12. Wieland, for instance, acknowledges in his concluding remarks that the last book of the Physics, with its argument for the existence of an unmoved Prime Mover, goes beyond the scope of phenomenology. But he does not himself devote any thematic attention to this fact (Wieland, Die aristotelische Physik, 33538). 13. , trans. W. B. Baron, Jr. and Vera Deutsch (Chicago: Regnery, 1967), 8095. Also see Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd ed.

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