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Aristotle's Concept of Chance
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The first exhaustive study of Aristotle's concept of chance. This landmark book is the first to provide a comprehensive account of Aristotle’s concept of chance. Chance is invoked by many to explain order in the universe, the origins of life, even human freedom and happiness. An understanding of Aristotle’s concept of chance is indispensable for an appreciation of his views on nature and ethics, views which have had a tremendous influence on the development of Western philosophy. Author John Dudley analyzes Aristotle’s account of chance in the Physics, the Metaphysics, in his biological and ethical treatises, and in a number of his other works as well. Important complementary considerations such as Aristotle’s criticism of Presocratic philosophers, particularly Empedocles and Democritus, Plato’s concept of chance, the chronology of Aristotle’s works, and the relevance of Aristotle’s work to evolution and quantum theory are also covered in depth. This is an essential book for scholars and students of Western philosophy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Chance in the Physics of Aristotle: The Metaphysics of Chance
  2. pp. 17-196
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  1. 1. The Doctrine of Phys. II, IV-VI
  2. pp. 19-57
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  1. 2. The Structure of Phys. II, IV-VI
  2. pp. 58-71
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  1. 3. Dating Phys. II, IV-VI
  2. pp. 72-100
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  1. 4. Necessity and Chance
  2. pp. 101-162
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  1. 5. The Causes of That Which Occurs by Chance
  2. pp. 163-196
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  1. Part II: Chance in the Ethics of Aristotle
  2. pp. 197-267
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  1. 6. Chance as the Source of External Prosperity
  2. pp. 199-235
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  1. 7. Chance and Intuition
  2. pp. 236-257
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  1. Additional Note on the Chronology of Aristotle's Ethical Works
  2. pp. 258-259
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  1. Appendix I: Chance in the Lists of Sources of Happiness in NE and EE
  2. pp. 260-263
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  1. Appendix II: Differences in the Role of Chance in NE, EE, and MM
  2. pp. 280-267
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  1. Part III: Implications of Aristotle's Concept of Chance
  2. pp. 269-374
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  1. 8. Chance and Aristotle's Rejection of Determinism
  2. pp. 271-324
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  1. Additional Note on Determinist Interpretations of Aristotle's Philosophy of Nature
  2. p. 325
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  1. 9.Aristotle's Concept of Chance and Related Contemporary Questions
  2. pp. 326-358
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 359-374
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 375-404
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 405-427
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  1. Index Nominum / Index Rerum
  2. pp. 429-437
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