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The ancient cosmological myths and theories of Western civilization from Hesiod and the Bible to Lucretius and Plotinus profoundly influenced the way in which large parts of humanity have thought and continue to think about themselves, their past, future, and their place in the universe. For scribes and scholars, scientists and philosophers throughout the ages, two towering cosmological works were of preeminent importance and influence, Plato's "dialogue" Timaeus and Aristotle's response to it, the physical tractate De caelo (On the Heavens). This chapter provides an insight into the book, which provides a collection essays on the De caelo that address challenging issues in the De caelo by acquainting the reader with some of the latest and most exiting aspects of current scholarship on Aristotle's natural philosophy. This collection provides useful discussion of some difficult passages and chapters in the De caelo, thereby deepening the reader's understanding of Aristotle's cosmology.

Keywords: Aristotle's cosmology; Aristotle's natural philosophy; cosmological myths; De caelo; Plato; Timaeus



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