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Two Aristotelian puzzles about planets and their Neoplatonic reception


Baltzly, Dirk, Two Aristotelian puzzles about planets and their Neoplatonic reception, Apeiron: a journal of ancient philosophy and science, 48, (4) pp. 483-501. ISSN 0003-6390 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1515/apeiron-2012-0015


The longevity of Aristotelian natural science consists not so much in the fact that Aristotle’s solutions to puzzles were accepted by generations of philosophers, but by the fact that the presuppositions that made these puzzles look puzzling were. In what follows I consider some Neoplatonic responses to two puzzles that Aristotle poses in De Caelo Book 2, Chapter 12. Both Proclus and Simplicius rejected Aristotle’s solutions to the puzzles he posed. In one case, but not in the other, they also reassessed the relative importance of the presuppositions that created the puzzle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History of philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Baltzly, Dirk (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
ID Code:92949
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-07-02
Last Modified:2018-03-21
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