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8. Stoic Physical Theory, Aristotelian Precedent

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This chapter examines the relation of the Placita to the detailed contents of the two divisions of the Stoic physikos logos as reported in Diogenes Laertius. It is first divided eidetically into corporeals and incorporeals. This division compares well with the contents of Book I of the Placita, and can be integrated with concepts from Aristotle's theoretical physics. The first division divides the physikos logos into (1) the part about bodies, (2) the part about principles, (3) the part about elements, (4) the part about gods, (5) the part about bounding entities, (6) the part about place, and (7) the part about void. A large part of the macrostructure of Book I is indebted to the first division of the Stoic physikos logos and to Aristotle's Physics. Thus the Stoic list of topics can be interpreted as a further development of questions that are at issue in Aristotle's Physics.

Keywords: Aristotelian Precedent; corporeals; Diogenes Laertius; incorporeals; Placita; Stoic Physical Theory; theoretical physics



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