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The Argument For The Sphericity Of The Universe In Aristotle's De Caelo: Astronomy And Physics

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Aristotle's De caelo has undergone a series of misinterpretations regarding either Aristotle's general intentions in the text or the major epistemological principles according to which he conducted his research. The connections between Aristotle's speculations in the De caelo conducted from the point of view of a physical theorist and those of the "mathematicians" are much more apparent when considered from a general point of view. This chapter examines the strength of some arguments according to their relation to observation, all these arguments aiming at establishing one and the same thesis, that of the sphericity of the universe.

Keywords: Aristotle; De caelo



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