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The Order of Nature in Aristotle's Physics

The Order of Nature in Aristotle's Physics
Place and the Elements

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  • Date Published: October 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521624534

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  • This book enters into the point of view of the ancient world in order to explain how they saw the world, and to show what arguments were used by Aristotle to support this view. Lang demonstrates a new method for reading the texts of Aristotle by revealing a continuous line of argument running from the Physics to De Caelo, and analyzes a group of arguments that are almost always treated in isolation from one another to reveal their elegance and coherence. She establishes the case that we must rethink our approach to Aristotle's physical science and Aristotelian texts.

    • Aristotle remains one of the most widely studied of all philosophers
    • An alternative reading of Aristotle's views of the physical world showing its coherence and elegance
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    "...this book will be of interest to scholars. It will also interest those seeking to understand Aristotle's physics on its own terms." Norman O. Dahl, Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521624534
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Place:
    1. Aristotle's physics and the problem of nature
    2. Nature and motion
    3. Place
    4. Void
    Part II. The Elements:
    5. Inclination: an ability to be moved
    6. Inclination as heaviness and lightness
    7. Inclination: the natures and activities of the elements
    Part III. Nature As a Cause of Order:
    8. The order of nature in Aristotle's physics
    Bibliography of works cited
    Subject and name index
    Index of Aristotelian texts.

  • Author

    Helen S. Lang, Trinity College, Connecticut

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