On Aristotle Physics 1.4-9 (Ancient Commentators on by Philoponus

By Philoponus

Aristotle's Physics 1.4-9 explores various questions on the elemental constitution of fact, the character of major topic, the rules of switch, the relation among shape and topic, and the difficulty of no matter if issues can come into being out of not anything, and if this is the case, in what feel that's precise. Philoponus' commentaries don't purely document and clarify Aristotle and the opposite thinkers whom Aristotle is discussing. also they are the philosophical paintings of an self sustaining philosopher within the Neoplatonic culture. Philoponus has his personal, sometimes idiosyncratic, perspectives on a couple of very important concerns, and he occasionally disagrees with different lecturers whose perspectives he has encountered might be in written texts and in oral supply. a couple of designated passages of philosophical significance happen during this a part of booklet 1, during which we see Philoponus at paintings on matters in physics and cosmology, in addition to common sense and metaphysics. This quantity includes an English translation of Philoponus' remark, in addition to an in depth creation, statement notes and a bibliography.

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See also above note 9. 30. 5; 191,11-29. 31. For the contrary view see Richard Sorabji, Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 266-70, and Richard Sorabji, Time, Creation and the Continuum (London: Duckworth, 1983), 249-52, tracing this idea to Christian thinkers, including Origen. Sorabji finds this sense in the text because he reads the reference to hê holê dêmiourgia (at 191,15) as equivalent to ‘the Demiurge’s universal creation’.

Hence the quantity of the parts will come to a halt with respect both to greater and to smaller . So there is a minimum flesh and bone, just as there is also a maximum one. But perhaps someone may object to the reasoning by offering this argument on behalf of Anaxagoras: that just because the shrinkage of the uniform parts continues ad infinitum, it need not follow thereby that animals and plants also shrink ad infinitum. For if in each creature there were one uniform part of flesh or bone or blood it would be plausible that the whole would grow or shrink in just the way that the part grew or shrank; but, as it is, that is not how things are, but instead several uniform parts of flesh or bone or the rest come together and thus make up the flesh and the bone of the creature.

33 187a24 But they differ from each other, 10 Anaxagoras and Empedocles – in that Anaxagoras says that Intellect once having started to discriminate from the first mixture goes on doing this for ever, and it is not possible for everything to become a single mixture again, whereas Empedocles does this many times; for at one time the elements are extracted from the sphairos, at another they are gathered back into the sphairos, and this recurs in accordance with a certain cycle ad infinitum. e. the uniform parts, were infinite, while Empedocles had the following four ele- Translation 39 ments: fire, air, water and earth.

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