By the fourth book he begins to attack some of the sophistry that has contaminated the field

By the fourth book he begins to attack some of the sophistry that has contaminated the field

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By the fourth book he begins to attack some of the sophistry that has contaminated the  field. One point that he dwells on is the law of contradictions, which essentially asserts  that something cannot both be and not be at the same time. In particular, he is  concerned with the relativism and even nihilism that would result from a metaphysics  that allowed contradictions. The relationship between form and matter is another central  problem for Aristotle. He argues that both are substances, but matter is potential, while  form is actual. The two are not separate but intertwined, and actuality precedes  potentiality. Although the actual is produced from the potential, it is the actual that  makes the production possible. Several of the books covering topics like contrariety, unity, the nature of mathematical 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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