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Author Lloyd, G. E. R. (Geoffrey Ernest Richard), 1933-

Title Aristotelian explorations / G.E.R. Lloyd.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  185 LIOY    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-229) and indexes.
Contents Introduction: reading Aristotle -- 1. The theories and practices of demonstration -- 2. The relationship of psychology to zoology -- 3. Fuzzy natures? -- 4. The master cook -- 5. Spontaneous generation and metamorphosis -- 6. The varieties of perception -- 7. The unity of analogy -- 8. Heavenly aberrations: Aristotle the amateur astronomer -- 9. The idea of nature in the Politics -- 10. The metaphors of metaphora.
Summary This book challenges several widespread views concerning Aristotle's methods and practices of scientific and philosophical research. Where does the boundary between the animal and the plant kingdoms come? How can supposed cases of spontaneous generation and metamorphosis be explained? What do the processes of reproduction, growth and digestion have in common that allows Aristotle to apply his theory of 'concoction' to each? What contributions to astronomical theory does Aristotle hope to make? Does he claim to apply precisely the same explanatory schema to every mode of sense-perception? How does he use his notion of 'nature' in his politics? Does he have unified concepts of analogy, of metaphor, of demonstration? Professor Lloyd explores generally unrecognised tensions between Aristotle's deeply held a priori convictions and his remarkable empirical honesty in the face of complexities in the data or perceived difficult or exceptional cases. The picture that emerges of Aristotle's actual engagement in scientific research and of his own reflections on that research is substantially more complex than is usually allowed.
Subject Aristotle.
ISBN 0521554225 (hardback)
0521556198 (paperback)