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Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9
     

Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9

by Han Baltussen, Michael Atkinson, Michael Share, Ian Mueller, Simplicius
 

ISBN-10: 0715638572

ISBN-13: 9780715638576

Pub. Date: 08/30/2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on Physics 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. This is its first translation into English. 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

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Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on Physics 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. This is its first translation into English. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715638576
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Series:
Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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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