Article ID: CBB001421726

Aristotle on the Emergence of Material Complexity: Meteorology IV and Aristotle's Biology (2014)


Lennox, James G. (Author)

Volume: 4
Pages: 272-305

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: First article in a Forum: “Aristotle's Chemistry between Theory and Practice”
Language: English

In this article I defend an account of Meteorology IV as providing a material-level causal account of the emergence of uniform materials with a wide range of dispositional properties not found at the level of the four elements---the emergence of material complexity. I then demonstrate that this causal account is used in the Generation of Animals and Parts of Animals as part of the explanation of the generation of the uniform parts (tissues) and of their role in providing nonuniform parts (organs) with the dispositional properties needed to fulfill their functions


Description Focus of article is on generation of animals and parts of animals. Contents of series:

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Article Popa, Tiberiu (2014) Scientific Method in Meteorology IV. HOPOS (pp. 306-334). unapi

Article Gill, Mary Louise (2014) The Limits of Teleology in Aristotle's Meteorology IV.12. HOPOS (pp. 335-350). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Beullens, Pieter
Gotthelf, Allan
Haas, Frans A. J. de
Mansfeld, Jaap
Bossier, Fernand
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
European Legacy
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies
Ethics, Place and Environment
Ancient Philosophy
Oxford University Press
Brill Academic Publishers
University of California, Los Angeles
Villanova University
Four elements (philosophy)
Biogenesis; origin of life; spontaneous generation
Hippocrates of Chios
Time Periods
15th century

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