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Being, Nature, and Life in Aristotle: Essays in Honor of by James G. Lennox

By James G. Lennox

This quantity of essays explores significant hooked up topics in Aristotle's metaphysics, philosophy of nature, and ethics, particularly issues regarding essence, definition, teleology, job, potentiality, and the top stable. the amount is united via the assumption that every one facets of Aristotle's paintings have to be studied jointly if anybody of the components of proposal is to be totally understood. the various papers have been contributions to a convention on the collage of Pittsburgh entitled 'Being, Nature, and existence in Aristotle', to honor Professor Allan Gotthelf's many contributions to the sphere of historical philosophy; a number of are contributions from those that have been invited yet couldn't attend. The individuals, all longstanding associates of Professor Gotthelf, are one of the such a lot comprehensive students within the box of historic philosophy this day.

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Balme and A. Kosman to Gotthelf and Lennox 1987. See also the essay by M. Gill in this volume. , Gill 1989.

But of course it does, at least in our everyday experience of crafts on which Aristotle’s methodology leans so heavily. Scholars have, in my view, generated unnecessary difficulties over the interpretation of this admittedly dark remark. It is regularly suggested that Aristotle has in mind an idealized picture of the craftsman. 20 19 20 Štopon d• t¼ mŸ o­esqai ™nek† tou g©gnesqai, –‡n mŸ ­dwsi t¼ kinoÓn bouleus†menon. ka©toi kaª ¡ t”cnh oÉ bouleÅetai. The best defence of this interpretation known to me is Broadie 1990.

76a37–b2). It has often been argued that Aristotle’s requirements in the Analytics for a science, including those that there guarantee the autonomy of the different sciences, are abandoned in the Metaphysics. In particular, it has been claimed that the doctrine of the Analytics that each science deals with a unique genus (and its proper attributes) is rejected in the Metaphysics. Whether or not this is so, however, it is clear that in the Metaphysics itself, for the reasons just given, Aristotle holds that, as the study of what is qua being, the subject matter of metaphysics does not overlap with that of natural science.

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