The Physics is one of Aristotle's masterpieces - a work of extraordinary intellectual power which has had a profound influence on the development of metaphysics and the philosophy of science, as well as on the development of physics itself. This collection of ten new essays by leading Aristotelian scholars examines a wide range of issues in the Physics and related works, including method, causation and explanation, chance, teleology, the infinite, the nature of time, the critique of atomism, the role of mathematics in Aristotle's physics, and the concept of self-motion. The essays offer fresh approaches to Aristotle's work in these areas, and important new interpretations of his thought. The book also contains an extensive bibliography.
`The enormous vitality and range of writing on Aristotle is well reflected in these two collections of essays. ... concerned with just one Aristotelian text, but it is a particularly rich and fundamental one. ... illustrates a very welcome trend in more recent writing on Ancient Philosophy. ... the overwhelming impression ... is of a thriving field of study, characterized by exegetical precision, stylistic clarity and a remarkable ability to illuminate the
text in the light of contemporary philosophical interests without distorting it in the process. ... Admirable in method, and stimulating in content, ... required reading for anyone interested in the
`All exemplify the Oxford style of classical scholarship: informed by contemporary philosophy and the most recent Oxford-style scholarship, and paying careful attention to textual details, the essays argue for novel and challenging interpretations of particular passages.'
E. Halper, University of Georgia, Choice, Sep'92
'excellent collection ... The choice of contributors was excellent. The essays are uniformly of a high quality ... it is an excellent secondary source for anyone wishing to take a serious look at the Physics.'
Robert Mayhew, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Review of Metaphysics, September 1993
`Readers with a background in Aristotle's physical theories will find well-informed and insightful investigations into Aristotle's methods in natural philosophy.'
Religious Studies Review
Aristotle's Method in Natural Science: Robert Bolton: Physics I; Julius M. Moravcsik: What makes reality intelligible? Reflections on Aristotle's Theory of Aitia; Cynthia A. Freeland: Accidental causes and real explanations; Lindsay Judson: Chance and `Always or for the most part' in Aristotle; David Charles: Teleological causation in the Physics; William Charlton: Aristotle's potential infinites; Michael Inwood: Aristotle on the reality of time; David Bostock:
Aristotle on continuity in Physics VI; Edward Hussey: Aristotle's mathematical physics: a reconstruction; Mary Louise Gill: Aristotle on self-motion.