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The Non-kinetic Origins of Aristotle’s Concept of Ἐνέργεια (2023)


In this paper, I argue that Aristotle was already aware in his earlier texts of the fundamental distinction between motion and activity and of the criterion which structures this contrast. Moreover, I will present textual evidence which suggests that Aristotle’s original concept of ἐνέργεια applies primarily to activities which contain their ends in themselves, and not to motions, which are different from their ends.

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Authors & Contributors
Beullens, Pieter
Bianchi, Emanuela
Bowin, John
Cooper, John Madison
Frampton, Michael F.
Gill, Mary Louise
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Ancient Philosophy
Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch fur Antike und Mittelalter
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago
Princeton University
Princeton University Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Boston College
Motion (physical)
Ecdotics; source study (methodology)
Mondino de' Liuzzi
Moore, G. E.
Time Periods
20th century, early

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