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Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology$
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Allan Gotthelf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287956.001.0001

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Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's Parts of Animals II–IV

Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's Parts of Animals II–IV

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(p.217) 10 Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's Parts of Animals II–IV
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Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology
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Allan Gotthelf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287956.003.0010

This chapter takes a close look at nine passages in PA (and IA) where Aristotle speaks of a part as present, or as having the character it does, in an organism because it is part of or required by the substance, or definition of the substance, or essence or definition of the organism. It then catalogues (i) these various ‘definitional’ relations, (ii) the objects of these definitions, and (iii) the contents of those definitions. One surprise is that there turns up among the contents of definitions, not only soul‐functions but certain parts (both uniform and non‐uniform) and certain ‘dimensional features’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Parts of Animals, substance, essence, definition, matter, kinds, deformed kinds

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