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6. The Introduction Of The Treatise

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The focus is on the introductory section of the treatise, i.praef together with the first three chapters of Book I. The authors argue that if the chapter headings are mentally eliminated, this section amounts to the kind of introduction typical of treatises dealing with a specific discipline. The subject is defined in i.i, and a short history provided in 1.3, including a reference to its first practitioner and a relative chronology. The discipline at issue here is the physical part of philosophy, which just as its ethical part is a problem-oriented venture. The purpose being to hand down the physical theory, the chapter starts right away with the division of the discipline of philosophy, that we may know what philosophy is, and as which of the number of its parts we may count the exposition of physics. These elements, plants, animals are treated in the main body of the treatise.

Keywords: discipline of philosophy; exposition of physics; history; introduction; practitioner; reference; relative chronology; specific discipline; subject; treatise

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