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This book investigates what change is, according to Aristotle, and how it affects his conception of being. Mark Sentesy argues that the analysis of change leads Aristotle to develop first-order metaphysical concepts such as matter, potency, actuality, sources of being, epigenesis, and teleology. He shows that Aristotle’s distinctive ontological claim—that being is inescapably diverse in kind—is anchored in his argument for the existence of change.
 
Aristotle may be the only thinker to propose a noncircular definition of change. With his landmark argument that change did, in fact, exist, Aristotle challenged established assumptions about what it is and developed a set of conceptual frameworks that continue to provide insight into the nature of reality. This groundbreaking work on change, however, has long been interpreted through a Platonist view of change as unreal. By offering a comprehensive reexamination of Aristotle’s pivotal arguments, and establishing his positive ontological conception of change, Sentesy makes a significant contribution to scholarship on Aristotle, ancient philosophy, the history and philosophy of science, and metaphysics.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. Chapter 1. Change and the Many Senses of Being in Physics I
  2. pp. 17-38
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  1. Chapter 2. The Demonstration of Change in Physics III.1-2
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. Chapter 3. Energeia, Entelecheia, and the Completeness of Change
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. Chapter 4. The Being of Potency
  2. pp. 81-108
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  1. Chapter 5. The Ontology of Epigenesis
  2. pp. 109-134
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  1. Chapter 6. Genesis and the Internal Structure of Sources in Metaphysics IX.8
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810141902
Related ISBN
9780810141896
MARC Record
OCLC
1148870120
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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