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Philoponus : On Aristotle On Coming - John Philoponus


On Aristotle On Coming

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These chapters of Aristotle's treatise are about physical interactions. In his innovative commentary, Philoponus discusses Aristotle's idea that certain qualities of the elements are basic. In what way are they basic? he asks. To what extent can the other qualities be reduced to the basic ones? And if the other qualities depend on the basic ones, how is it that they can vary independently of each other when the basic qualities change? Philoponus develops the idea that the other qualities merely supervene on the basic ones, rather than resulting from them. Moreover, physical qualities admit of different ranges of variation, and so have different thresholds at which they appear or disappear.
In every case, Philoponus takes Aristotle's discussions further, and his ideas on the dependence of some qualities on others are very relevant to the continuing philosophical debate on the subject.

Introductionp. 1
Textual Emendationsp. 19
Contactp. 21
Acting and Being Affected (1). Like and Unlikep. 41
Acting and Being Affected (2). Empedocles and the Atomistsp. 56
Acting and Being Affected (3). Actuality and Potentialityp. 88
Mixingp. 94
The Elements and Prime Matterp. 114
The Primary Contrarietiesp. 123
The Contrarieties and the Elementsp. 135
Reciprocal Transformation of the Elementsp. 142
Notesp. 151
English-Greek Glossaryp. 173
Greek-English Indexp. 175
Subject Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780715628546
ISBN-10: 0715628542
Series: Ancient Commentators on Aristotle
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 187
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1