Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9

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Overview

Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on Physics 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. The sixth-century philosopher starts with a valuable elucidation of what Aristotle means by 'principle' and 'element' in Physics. Simplicius' own conception of matter is of a quantity that is utterly diffuse because of its extreme distance from its source, the Neoplatonic One, and he tries to find this conception both in Plato's account of space and in a stray remark of Aristotle's. Finally, Simplicius rejects the Manichaean view that matter is evil and answers a Christian objection that to make matter imperishable is to put it on a level with God. This is the first translation of Simplicius' important work into English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715638576
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Series: Ancient Commentators on Aristotle
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor/Translators:
Han Baltussen is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Thought at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the author of Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato: Peripatetic Dialectic in the De sensibus (2000).
Michael Atkinson is a former teacher of Classics at Eton College, UK.
Michael Share is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania.
Ian Mueller was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Richard Sorabji 1

Conventions 13

Abbreviations 14

Translation: 1.5-6 15

1.5 Han Baltussen 17

1.6 Michael Share and Michael Atkinson 30

Departures from Diels' Text and Bibliography 50

Notes 53

English-Greek Glossary 65

Greek-English Index 71

Subject Index 79

Memorial notice 85

Translation: 1.7-9 Ian Mueller 87

Notes 145

English-Greek Glossary 157

Greek-English Index 161

Subject Index 166

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