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The Chemistry of Cohesion and Decay

Gad Freudenthal

in Aristotle’s Theory of Material Substance

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238645
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238645.003.0005
The Chemistry of Cohesion and Decay

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This chapter highlights some further aspects of Aristotle's account of material persistence of individual composite substances. It identifies the physical factors that, according to Aristotle, depend on material persistence of substance qua material substance, animate or inanimate. It shows that although Aristotle nowhere treats the problem of the cohesion of substances systematically, it is yet possible to make explicit a rich history, that can perhaps be described as Aristotle's chemistry of cohesion.

Keywords: Aristotle; material persistence; composite substance; material substance; living body; soul; chemistry; cohesion

Chapter.  13538 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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