On Aristotle Meteorology 1.4-9, 12 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)

On Aristotle Meteorology 1.4-9, 12 (Ancient Commentators on Aristotle)

John Philoponus


Of Philoponus' remark at the Meteorology in simple terms that on chapters 1-9 and 12 of the 1st ebook has been preserved. it truly is translated during this sequence in volumes, the 1st masking chapters 1-3; the second one (this quantity) chapters 4-9 and 12. the themes mentioned right here contain the character of fiery and lightweight phenomena within the sky, the formation of comets, the Milky approach, the homes of wet exhalation, and the formation of hail. Philoponus will pay unique cognizance to the excellence among the obvious and the true one of the sky phenomena; he criticises Aristotle's thought of the Milky manner as sublunary, and argues for its beginning within the heavenly realm; offers a close exposition of Aristotelian thought of antiperistasis, mutual substitute of the recent and the chilly, because the mechanism of condensation and similar procedures. As within the first quantity, Philoponus demonstrates scholarly erudition and familiarity with equipment and result of post-Aristotelian Greek technology. regardless of the fragmented nation of the paintings and the style of observation, the reader will locate the weather of a coherent photograph of the cosmos in line with an intensive re-thinking of Aristotelian meteorology and physics. the quantity can be of curiosity to all scholars of historical and medieval philosophy, historical past of Early glossy philosophy, background and philosophy of technological know-how.

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