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The Theory Of The Elements In De Caelo 3 And 4

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De caelo 3 and 4 investigate the nature and behavior of the sublunary elements. The De caelo is only one of several works in which Aristotle investigates the four sublunary elements. This chapter considers the special perspective Aristotle brings to the elements in the De caelo, where he defines them by their weight and lightness, features associated with their natural motion. It then examines his treatment of elemental natural motion and end with some observations about how his conclusions about natural motion reinforce his rejection of the elements as substances.

Keywords: Aristotle; De caelo



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