By Aristotle (author), William Charlton (translator and editor)
Within the first books of the Physics Aristotle discusses philosophical matters eager about the research of the actual universe. He introduces his contrast among shape and topic and his fourfold category of explanations or explanatory elements, and defends teleological clarification. those books for this reason shape a ordinary access into Aristotle's procedure as an entire, and likewise occupy a major position within the background of medical idea. the current quantity presents a detailed literal translation, which might be utilized by critical scholars with out Greek. The creation and observation take care of the translation and evaluation, from a philosophical perspective, of what Aristotle says. This translation used to be first released in 1970.
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Hence the automatic and luck are posterior 10 to both mind and nature; so however much the automatic may be the cause of the heavens, mind and nature are necessarily prior causes both of many other things and of this universe. ' embraces. '—that happens over unchangeable 37 198M7 PHYSICS II. 1 things; for instance in mathematics it comes back at last to a definition of straight or commensurable or the like. Or to that which in the first instance effects the change; thus on account of what did they go to war?
They cannot be one, since opposites are not one and the same; and they cannot be unlimited, since if they were, what is would be unknowable, since there is one opposition in any one kind of thing, and reality is one such kind, and since we can get on with a limited number, and it is better to use a limited, like Empedocles, than an unlimited. Empedocles claims to do everything Anaxagoras can do with his unlimited plurality. Further, some pairs of opposites are prior to others, and some, like sweet and bitter, pale and dark, arise from others,* whereas principles ought to be constant.
But if they are limited, there is an argument for not making them only two. For it is hard to see how density could be by nature such as to act on rarity or vice versa, and similarly whatever the opposition: love does not gather up strife and make something out of it, nor does strife act thus with love, but both must act on a third thing distinct from them. And some people enlist even more principles to constitute the nature of things. We may also run into the following difficulty if we do not posit some additional nature to underlie the opposites.