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By Alexander of Aphrodisias, William E. Dooley, Arthur Madigan

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In Metaphysics 4 Aristotle discusses the character of metaphysics, the elemental legislation of good judgment, the falsity of subjectivism and the differing kinds of ambiguity. the entire, transparent statement of Alexander of Aphrodisias in this vital publication is the following translated into English by means of Arthur Madigan. Alexander is going via Aristotle's textual content virtually line by way of line, getting to the logical series of the arguments, noting locations the place Aristotle's phrases will undergo multiple interpretation and staining version readings. He again and again cross-refers to the De Interpretatione, Analytics, Physics and different works of Aristotle, hence putting Metaphysics 4 within the content material of Aristotle's philosophy as a complete

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In the context of Alexander's whole interpretation, this hypothesis must be regarded as an impossible one. The only sense in which there can be an infinity of causes is the case in which the same causes operate in eternal time, as in successive generations of sons by fathers, all of whom are the same kind of cause. As Alexander says, this case proves the infinity of time, not of causes in the relevant sense. In the case in which successive causes are of differentnt kinds, the chain of causes must be strictly finite; cf.

If Alexander is speaking precisely, he means some third type of change that is neither growth nor alteration, the two types mentioned just before and at 153,17-23 above. In that case, teleiotes hat' eidos is not a perfection acquired in virtue of, or in accordance with, the form, as at 153,21 (see n. 92), for all such perfections seem to be instances of alloiosis. But what specific perfections are there that cannot be reduced to these two types? Perhaps Alexander would think that the ability of a mature male to produce seed that generates another man, or the development of a counter-rotating thumb, are human characteristics that are not simply the result of auxesis (growth) in the individual.

E. infinite, number of others on either side of it. The passage that begins at 9 above and concludes here provides an explicit argument for the principle that there is no ordering of prior and posterior in an infinite sequence. On this point see Sharpies, op. cit. 37 and note 142,44. 83 152,17, homoids. In Aristotle's text this adverb qualifies the preceding mesa: 'all of the parts are alike intermediates', as Alexander takes it at 8 above. See also 152,2 and n. 78. 84 152,19, apo tou enestdtos kai ontos nun, lit.

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