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Aristotle's Physics AlphaSymposium Aristotelicum$
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Katerina Ierodiakonou, Paul Kalligas, and Vassilis Karasmanis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830993.001.0001

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Introduction: Some General Remarks on Aristotle’s Physics I

Introduction: Some General Remarks on Aristotle’s Physics I

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(p.1) Introduction: Some General Remarks on Aristotle’s Physics I
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Aristotle's Physics Alpha
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Carlo Natali

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830993.003.0001

Physics I is a well-constructed logos. It aims at knowledge of the principles of physical change: it establishes that there are such principles and determines what they are and how many. Even if the results are general, its theories are fundamental for the entire Aristotelian study of the natural world. This introduction reconstructs the general structure of Physics I and its connection to Physics II. It distinguishes four stages in Physics I: an introduction, a doxographical section in which Aristotle is in dialogue with previous philosophers, a section in which he solves the main puzzles about change, and an endoxical confirmation of the theory established in the preceding section. Other points discussed are: to what kind of public Physics I is addressed, the difference between Aristotle’s theory and ancient cosmologies, the examples he uses, how to identify a single event, and his conception of essences.

Keywords:   Aristotle, physical change, principles, essence, doxography

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