New PDF release: An approach to Aristotle's physics: with particular

By David Bolotin

ISBN-10: 0791435520

ISBN-13: 9780791435526

Holding that Aristotle's writings concerning the flora and fauna include a rhetorical floor in addition to a philosophic center, David Bolotin argues during this publication that Aristotle by no means heavily meant a lot of his doctrines which were demolished by means of glossy technology. as a consequence, he provides a few "case experiences" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a inspiration that was once mostly shared by way of commentators on his paintings in overdue antiquity and the center a while. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's actual perspectives haven't been refuted by means of glossy technological know-how and nonetheless deserve our such a lot critical cognizance.

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2 The critics of such views acknowledge that modern science has succeeded in relating the particular events and particular objects of our experience to more general laws, laws that involve entities not accessible to direct experience. But it is denied that these laws or these indirectly accessible entities provide the answers as to what the world, or the events and objects of our primary experience, really are. 3 It is thus argued that only philosophy, as distinct from modern science, can tell us what the world most truly is.

That the earth is not at rest in the center of the universe, but a mere satellite orbiting around the sun; that the stars and the planets are inanimate bodies made up of the same elements as bodies here on earth, and that their motions are subject to the same laws; that natural motion does not tend toward ends or fulfillments, but that every body in motion would continue indefinitely in a straight line if it were not for the action of external forces; all these and other such fundamental notions were regarded from the beginning as contradicting key doctrines of Aristotle's physics.

191a36) of responding to the perplexity of the ancients, and he follows it by mentioning another response (alloVd' 191b27). 5 And yet we recall that he had introduced the discussion by saying that it is "only in this one way" (emphasis mine), that is, on the basis of his three principles, that the perplexity of Page 15 the ancients can be resolved. Now if we assume that our manuscripts are correct, and that Aristotle meant what he wrote, these difficulties, taken together, invite the suggestion that he himself may think that the first of his two responses merely appears to resolve the perplexity, and that the second one, which may not really even attempt to resolve it, is nevertheless a better or more truthful response.

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