Aristotle and the Eleatic One - Oxford Aristotle Studies Series (Hardback)Timothy Clarke (author)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 01/02/2019
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This is the first book-length study of Aristotle's engagement with Eleatic monism - a theory which Aristotle associates particularly with Parmenides of Elea (often regarded as Aristotle's greatest Presocratic predecessor) and Parmenides' follower Melissus of Samos. Timothy Clarke primarily focuses on Physics 1.2-3, Aristotle's most extensive treatment of Eleatic monism, and how Aristotle sees the Eleatics as posing a radical challenge to the possibility of natural philosophy. The book also examines other texts where Aristotle discusses the Eleatics, including passages from the Metaphysics, De Generatione et Corruptione, and De Caelo. Clarke provides a detailed reconstruction and appraisal of Aristotle's criticisms of Eleatic monism, and uses these criticisms to work out how he understood the theory and the arguments given in its defence. In particular, he offers a new account of his central charge that the Eleatics overlook the fact that 'being is said in many ways'. Contrary to the common view that Aristotle is a historically insensitive critic of his Presocratic predecessors, the book argues that his interpretation of Eleatic monism is coherent and illuminating. It also shows how Aristotle's response to the Eleatics in Physics 1.2-3 contributes to the larger project of Physics 1, his enquiry into 'the principles of natural things'.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
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