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By David Bolotin

ISBN-10: 0791435520

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Retaining that Aristotle's writings concerning the flora and fauna include a rhetorical floor in addition to a philosophic center, David Bolotin argues during this publication that Aristotle by no means heavily meant a lot of his doctrines which have been demolished by way of smooth technology. as a consequence, he provides a few "case stories" to teach that Aristotle intentionally misrepresented his perspectives approximately nature--a concept that was once typically shared through commentators on his paintings in past due antiquity and the center a long time. Bolotin demonstrates that Aristotle's genuine perspectives haven't been refuted through sleek technology and nonetheless deserve our such a lot severe awareness.

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But rather than trying to say more about either of these questions now, I will return to them in a broader context, after Page 25 first giving more evidence for the legitimacy of my whole approach, in my concluding discussion of Aristotle's manner of writing. As an appendix to my argument that there are these several levels to Aristotle's thought regarding the principles, I would like to call attention to his discussion of what seems to me to be the somewhat similar case of the philosopher Anaxagoras.

39 For alteration involves the emergence of new characteristics in a substrate, but at least with regard to the characteristics of the infinitely many original kinds, that is precisely what this doctrine is meant to deny. Yet one can understand, on the basis of what we have seen in the case of Aristotle, that Anaxagoras might have taught this doctrine without accepting it. For those who do accept that some of everything, including even flesh and bone and the like, has always been present in every portion of a permanent substrate, are therefore shelteredat least more than those who believe only in inanimate elementsfrom doubts regarding their philosophic claim that life could not have come into being from nothing.

Simplicius, In Aristotelis Physicorum Libros Quattuor Priores Commentaria, in Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca, vol. 9, ed. H. Diels (Berlin, 1882), 8. Cf. 59. And see also Descartes, The Principles of Philosophy, in The Philosophical Works of Descartes, trans. Elizabeth Haldane and G. R. T. Ross, vol. 1 (London: Cambridge University Press, 1972), 206: "The first and principal whose writings we possess, are Plato and Aristotle, between whom the only difference that exists is that the former, following the steps of his master Socrates, ingenuously confessed that he had never yet been able to discover anything for certain, and was content to set down the things that seemed to him to be probable, for this end adopting certain principles whereby he tried to account for other things.

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