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Actuality, Activity, Ambiguity: Preliminary Considerations on <i>Energeia</i>

Jonathan Beere.

in Doing and Being

October 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics; Ancient Philosophy. 6458 words.

In the sixth chapter of Metaphysics Theta, Aristotle resumes direct engagement with the science of being, as such. The entire text up to this point has been preparatory. He now undertakes,...

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Agent and Patient

Sarah Waterlow.

in Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics

April 1982; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 18679 words.

This chapter turns to the most puzzling part of Aristotle's theory of change, the topic of agent and patient. It is difficult to determine his position on this matter, and difficult to see...

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The Analysis of Change

Sarah Waterlow.

in Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics

April 1982; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 27035 words.

Having examined the concept of nature as a principle of change, this chapter now turns to change itself. Aristotle’s use of ‘μεταβολή‎’ expresses his determination to let nothing that could...

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Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning

David Bronstein.

March 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 288 pages.

Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics is one of the most important, and difficult, works in the history of western philosophy. This book sheds new light on this challenging text by arguing that...

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Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

Anna Marmodoro.

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 304 pages.

How can one explain the structure of perceptual experience? What is it that we perceive? How is it that we perceive objects and not disjoint arrays of properties? By which sense or senses...

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Aristotle’s Causal Powers Theory of Perception

Anna Marmodoro.

in Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 14943 words.

For Aristotle perception takes place when the perceiver and the object of perception causally interact, and their respective powers come to be activated. As discussed in De Anima,...

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Aristotle’s Subtle Perceptual Realism

Anna Marmodoro.

in Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 9884 words.

Perception for Aristotle is an instance of causal interaction between the properties of objects in the world and the perceiver’s sense organs. It is the mutual activation of the respective...

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Aristotle’s Theory of Material Substance

Gad Freudenthal.

February 1999; p ublished online September 2011 .

Book. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 248 pages.

This book discusses one of Aristotle's central doctrines, his theory of material substance. The book argues that Aristotle's concept of heat is a crucial but hitherto ignored part of this...

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The Bad Itself (with Speculations on Goodness) (Theta 9)

Jonathan Beere.

in Doing and Being

October 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics; Ancient Philosophy. 13623 words.

This chapter analyzes Theta 9, focusing on three intimately connected concepts: that for-the-sake-of-which, the end, and the good. Theta 9 offers reasoned argument that eternal principles...

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Being‐in‐Capacity and Matter (Theta 7)

Jonathan Beere.

in Doing and Being

October 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics; Ancient Philosophy. 11224 words.

This chapter continues the discussion of Theta 7, focusing on matter in connection with being-in-incapacity. The passage deals with two connected issues: the way in which a composite...

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