Aristotle on the Principles of Change in <i>Physics</i> I

David Bostock

in Space, Time, Matter, and Form

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199286867
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603532 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 Aristotle on the Principles of Change in Physics I

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This essay is a commentary on Physics I, with special reference to the account of change in chapter 7. It is argued: (i) that Aristotle is mistaken when he attempts in the earlier chapters to present his account as the natural development of various Pre-Socratic views ‘on nature’; (ii) that as a result the main theme of his chapter 5 is a clear error; and (iii) that this raises an important question over how we should understand the apparent claims of chapter 6. All of this leads to the problem: How should we explain his remark at the end of chapter 7 that it is not yet clear whether the underlying thing, the thing that persists through change, is substance?

Keywords: Aristotle; Physics; substance; change; persisting things; underlying things; matter; form

Chapter.  10261 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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