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Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology

Allan Gotthelf


This book — an interconnected set of sixteen chapters, four previously unpublished, addresses in parallel three main topics and Aristotle's three main biological treatises. Starting with a set of six studies of central aspects of Aristotle's natural teleology, including its basis in what the book calls ‘irreducible potentials for form’, the book proceeds to the axiomatic (and other explanatory) structure of biological explanation to be found in the Parts of Animals, identifying three sorts of first principles involved in that structure. An exploration, in Part III, of the implications of these ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, biology, teleology, irreducibility, explanation, axiomatic structure, essence, substance, Generation of Animals, Parts of Animals, History of Animals, classification, Theophrastus, Darwin

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Gotthelf, author
University of Pittsburgh

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