Structure and Method in Aristotle's Meteorologica: A More by Malcolm Wilson

By Malcolm Wilson

Within the first full-length research in any glossy language devoted to the Meteorologica, Malcolm Wilson provides a groundbreaking interpretation of Aristotle's average philosophy. Divided into elements, the e-book first addresses normal philosophical and clinical concerns via putting the treatise in a diachronic body comprising Aristotle's predecessors and in a synchronic body comprising his different actual works. It argues that Aristotle considered meteorological phenomena as middleman or 'dualizing' among the cosmos as an entire and the manifold international of terrestrial animals. enticing with the simplest present literature on Aristotle's theories of technological know-how and metaphysics, Wilson specializes in problems with aetiology, teleology and the constitution and team spirit of technology. the second one half the e-book illustrates Aristotle's relevant matters in a section-by-section therapy of the meteorological phenomena and gives options to a few of the difficulties which were raised because the time of the traditional commentators.

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But more important for the Meteorologica, Aristotle, by refusing to assign a role to the final cause among the meteorological phenomena, is better able to stabilize the sublunary world between its role in cosmic unity and its role in prefiguring terrestrial diversity without having it definitively serve the purposes of either. The second part of the book treats the major phenomena in the order in which Aristotle presents them. The main purpose of Chapter 6 on the “kapnosphere” (my coinage for the upper smoky region) is to show how Aristotle conceives of these fiery phenomena as quasi-celestial, that is, as intermediary between the celestial and the sublunary realms.

On this perspective the cosmos forms a single unity. According to the second perspective, each meteorological phenomenon, each comet or river, is conceived of as a sort of proto-animal, each being independent of all others. This perspective is already supported by the biological method of the Meteorologica revealed in Chapter 4. For additional support, I draw on Aristotle’s doctrine of spontaneous generation, in which a common solar heat produces a variety of different kinds of animal according to the specific nature of the putrid matter it acts upon.

356b17–19). Cherniss 1935: 127 misrepresents the situation: “The objections Aristotle brings to previous meteorological theories are all ultimately based upon the assumption of such a generation and destruction of these four bodies. ” The error is perpetuated by Coutant and Eichenlaub 1975: xxxvi. 343b32–344a2). 357a24–32). For a rough catalogue of this evidence, see the Appendix at the end of this chapter. The following are some arguments based on Aristotle’s peculiar commitments, rather than empirical evidence.

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