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- DescriptionAristotle argues in On the Heavens 1.5-7 that there can be infinitely large body, and in 1.8-9 that there cant be more than one physical world. As a corollary in 1.9, he infers that there is place, vacuum or time beyond the outermost stars. As one argument in favour of a single world, he argues that his four elements: earth, air, fire and water, have only one natural destination apiece. Moreover they accelerate as they approach it and acceleration cant be unlimited. However, the Neoplatonist Simplicius, who wrote the commentary in the sixth century AD (here translated into English), tells us that this whole world view was to be rejected by Strato, the third head of Aristotle's school. At the same time, he tells us the different theories of acceleration in Greek philosophy.
- Author BiographyR.J. Hankinson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication10/04/2014
- Series TitleAncient Commentators on Aristotle
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Academic
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight279 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Translated byR. J. Hankinson
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