Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Science of Nature (BOK)

Mariska Leunissen

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In Aristotle's teleological view of the world, natural things come to be and are present for the sake of some function or end (for example, wings are present in birds for the sake of flying). Whereas much of recent scholarship has focused on uncovering the (meta-)physical underpinnings of Aristotle's teleology and its contrasts with his notions of chance and necessity, this book examines Aristotle's use of the theory of natural teleology in producing explanations of natural phenomena. Close analyses of Aristotle's natural treatises and his Posterior Analytics show what methods are used for the discovery of functions or ends that figure in teleological explanations, how these explanations are structured, and how well they work in making sense of phenomena. The book will be valuable for all who are interested in Aristotle's natural science, his philosophy of science, and his biology.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Mariska Leunissen
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521197748
Antall sider 264 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,6cm x 2,2cm
Vekt 589 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd