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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which presents an analysis of Proclus' philosophy of nature. The author speaks of φυσιολογία and of 'philosophy of nature', rather than of science of nature, or physics, for two reasons. First, to avoid the suggestion that there is one modern science, or a common cluster of sciences, Second, Proclus' commentary for its philosophical considerations pertaining to the study of the natural world - especially in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of language - than for the details either of its contribution, if any, to the science of his age or of its comparison to that of present age. The book attempts to reconstruct the philosophical foundations of Proclus' philosophy of nature, and any comparison of Proclus' theory to that of his sources will be subordinate to that aim.

Keywords: φυσιολογία; philosophy of nature; Proclus

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