The Growth of S<sub>2</sub>: Potentiality and Actuality

Daniel W. Graham

in Aristotle's Two Systems

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198243151
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680649 | DOI:

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The Growth of S2: Potentiality and Actuality

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This chapter presents theories that were peripheral to S1 and states that they were transformed under the pressure of new principles to become key components of a new system. Since the important stages in the development of Aristotle's two theories correlates with the changeover to S2, this provides confirmation for a developmental hypothesis. Recognizing the hylomorphic turn in Aristotle's early physical speculation explains variations in Aristotelian theories in a systematic way. Aristotle's progress from S1 to S2 allowed him to achieve a greater integration of his theories while expanding the range and explanatory power of his philosophy. Discussions in this chapter include: the development of the concept of actuality such as the need for a new concept, from energy levels to the curve of becoming, and degrees of reality; and the potentiality in Metaphysics ix.

Keywords: developmental hypothesis; physical speculation; philosophy; concept of actuality; energy levels; curve of becoming; degrees of reality; potentiality

Chapter.  10150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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