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Author Pfeiffer, Christian, 1982- author

Title Aristotle's theory of bodies / Christian Pfeiffer
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford Aristotle studies
Oxford Aristotle studies
Contents Cover; Aristotle's Theory of Bodies; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; 1: Introduction; PART I: Putting the Theory of Bodies in its Place; 2: A Remark on the Notion of Body; 3: Body in the Context of Physical Science; 3.1. The Importance of an Account of Body for Physical Science; 3.2. The Connection Between Physics III-IV and the Study of Body; 3.2.1. A remark on Physics III-IV; 3.2.2. Body as part of the conceptual underpinnings of physical science; 3.2.3. Further evidence from On Generation and Corruption; 3.3. A Physical Study of Body
3.3.1. Why the study of bodies belongs to physical science3.3.2. More exemplary cases; 3.3.3. The limits of the study of physical bodies; 4: Mathematics and Physical Science; 4.1. The Theory of Physics II. 2; 4.1.1. Studying X but not qua Y; a remark on x qua y; magnitudes, but not qua physical; 4.1.2. Separation and falsity; 4.1.3. The snub example; 4.2. The Mathematician and the Physicist; 4.2.1. The most important results reviewed; 4.2.2. Drawing on mathematical results; PART II: The Theory of Bodies; 5: Body in Categories 6; 5.1. Introduction and Framework
5.2. The Continuous and the Discrete5.2.1. The definition of the continuous and the discrete; 5.2.2. Getting the quantifiers right; 5.2.3. Defining the continuous and the discrete; 5.2.4. Some limitations of the theory; 5.2.5. Is it really the definition of continuity?; continuity and connection; continuity and divisibility; 5.3. Having Parts with Position versus Having Parts without Position; 5.3.1. PPos considered; 5.3.2. Position, place, and space; 5.3.3. Further evidence on thesis; 5.3.4. Thesis and the six spatial directions; 5.3.5. A classification of bodies
6.3.3. The relation of bodies and their limits6.3.3.1. does the question make sense?; bodies include their limits; 6.3.4. The ontology of boundaries; the ontology and dependence of boundaries; boundaries and properties; boundaries versus parts; 6.4. The Matter of Body; 6.4.1. Two meanings of 'matter' distinguished; 6.4.2. An account of extension; 6.4.3. Why is the interval indeterminate?; 6.4.4. The ontology of extension; independent and dependent extension; the matter of magnitude; 6.4.5. The divisibility of matter and extension
6: A Topological Conception of Bodies6.1. Introduction; 6.2. Bodies are Complete; 6.2.1. De Caelo on the completeness of bodies; aristotle's arguments for the priority of bodies; what does teleion mean?; 6.2.2. Substantiality and the dimensions; quantity is not a substance; three-dimensionality and priority in substance; substance, causes, and dimensionality; 6.3. Bodies and Limits; 6.3.1. An account of limits; 6.3.2. Internal and outer boundaries; boundary in and boundary of; boundaries and the (topological) form of an object
Summary Christian Pfeiffer presents the first full account of Aristotle's theory of bodies, the perceptible, extended, and demarcated substances that are the subject-matter of physical science. He shows that many parts of Aristotle's metaphysics and natural philosophy presuppose a general theory of body
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 13, 2018)
Subject Aristotle -- Criticism and interpretation
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Ancient & Classical.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191085308 (electronic book)
0191824755 (electronic book)
9780191085307 (electronic book)
9780191824753 (electronic book)