The Physics The Physics is a study of nature ( ta phusika ), as opposed to the Metaphysics ( ta meta ta phusika —lit., “the stuff that comes after the stuff on nature”) which studies beings in general, not just natural objects. What is the difference? “ Natural things are some or all of them subject to change ” ( Physics I.2, 185a12-13). So the study of nature is basically a study of change and the things that are subject to change. Puzzles about Change We know this was a topic that puzzled Aristotle’s predecessors. Plato said that real things (Forms) don’t change, and restricted change to the realm of appearances—the physical world. Parmenides went farther still, denying the existence of change altogether. Change is often described (both by Aristotle and his predecessors) as coming-to-be (
This is the end of the preview. Sign up
access the rest of the document.