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2. Physical Tenets, Physikos Logos

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This chapter first concentrates on the tenets. Aetius presents a wide spectrum of these as they pertain to the physical part of philosophy, and does so in a compressed format. Tenets are formulated briefly to extremely briefly, and are best understood in the context of the information provided by the chapter where they are located. Next, the chapter turns to the account of physics as a whole, arguing that the treatise possesses a certain amount of cohesion. The authors comment on Diels' useful source-critical analysis. Though in Volume I of the book the authors have argued in favour of Theodoret's version of the title for Aetius, they believe that his reference only gives us part of the title. The main argument for attributing the full title to Aetius is that the words 'physical doctrines held' are indispensable, for the mere '(views) held' could include tenets in the field of ethics.

Keywords: Aetius; Diels; ethics; philosophy; physical doctrines; Physical Tenets; Physikos Logos; source-critical analysis; Theodoret



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