Aristotle - Aristotle Aristotle's version of the...

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Aristotle Aristotle's version of the cosmological argument also fits the general pattern. In these notes, I will be making some reference to Aristotle's arguments for the Unmoved Mover in his Physics, as well as in Book Lambda of the Metaphysics (the passage in the Supplement). FOCUS The focus for Aristotle argument is motion, in a more general sense than the locomotion of Plato's argument. Aristotle recognizes four kinds of change: change in quantity, quality, relation (including position), and substantial change (creation and annihilation). The term "motion" (kinesis) encompasses the first three kinds of change. So, motion includes locomotion, but also change in quantity (increasing and diminishing) and quality (growing hotter or whiter or smellier). Unlike Plato, Aristotle does not begin by accepting (even for the sake of argument) the assumption of materialists that all physical change is explainable in terms of the locomotion of atoms or other microscopic bits of matter. TEMPORALITY This is a controversial point. Some argue that Aristotle is assuming a synchronic model of causation: there must be now a cause of any motion that is occurring now. Causes of motion
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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