By David Bolotin
Keeping that Aristotle's writings concerning the wildlife include a rhetorical floor in addition to a philosophic middle, David Bolotin argues during this ebook that Aristotle by no means heavily meant lots of his doctrines which have been demolished by way of smooth technological know-how. hence, he offers a couple of "case stories" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a notion that used to be in general shared by means of commentators on his paintings in overdue antiquity and the center a while. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's genuine perspectives haven't been refuted through sleek technological know-how and nonetheless deserve our such a lot severe recognition.
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10. Physics 189a19-20. 11. Physics 192a34-b2; 192a25-34. " By this latter expression, he goes on to explain, he has in mind a nature from which something comes into being (and) which is (also) inherent (in the completed thing); and he argues that the substrate in this sense (or matter, as he also calls it) is necessarily imperishable and ungenerated. It is, moreover, this latter view of the substrate that follows most readily from his earlier discussion of it (d. Physics 190a13-25, 192a12-14). 12.
33. Hesiod, Theogony 116-22. 34. Physics 187aI2-26; Metaphysics 983b6-984a29. 35. Physics 191b30-36. 36. Cf. On Coming into Being and Perishing 333b3-20, 335b24336a12. 37. Physics 192aI6-19. 38. To be sure, the simpler interpretation of this sentence is that it "seems" to be for the two reasons that Aristotle here proposes that Anaxagoras thought that the substrate was thus infinite (without there being any further suggestion that it only "seems" to be the case that he did think so). But the reading that I have suggested is also possible, and it seems preferable in the light of the other factors discussed in the text.
14. Compare Plato, Craty/us 393b7-e6ff. 15. Physics 189a27-34; d. Metaphysics 1029al0-27. 16. Physics 187a26-31; d. Metaphysics 983b6-18ff. 17. Physics 191b13-17; 190b25-27. d. 8-14; Themistius, In Aristote/is Physica Paraphrasis, in Commentaria in Aristote/em Graeca, vol. 5, pt. 2, ed. H. 16-29. 18. Physics 191a5-7; d. 192a14-16. 19. Physics 188a31-b21. The definiteness of this opposite to form strengthens the analogy between Aristotle's account of these cases, in which an ordered being first comes to be, and his account of those simpler cases in which change is between contraries in the strict sense (such as hot and cold), and in which privation is accordingly not the mere absence in general of some form, but rather one of the specificcontraries in question.
An Approach to Aristotle's Physics : With Particular Attention to the Role of His Manner of Writing by David Bolotin