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Body, Natural Things, And The Science Of Nature

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Between the Physics and the de Caelo, Aristotle seems to define the objects examined by "the science of nature" differently. This chapter starts with natural things in Physics II and then turns to body in de Caelo I to specify the problems at stake in Aristotle's analysis of the science of nature and to consider the difficulties across these texts. The solution to these difficulties, the author argues, may be inferred from Aristotle's account of substance in the Metaphysics. The chapter concludes that Aristotle's account of substance as form, matter, and the combination of form and matter in fact resolves these difficulties and tells us why the science of nature must be both of natural things and of bodies. Physics II and de Caelo I are neither inconsistent nor do they require a thesis of "development" from one position to another.

Keywords: de Caelo I; natural things; Physics II; science of nature

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