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Aristotle's Physics

This is a monumental text in the history of metaphysics and ontology.


Week 1:

Books 1-2

Week 2:

Books 3-4

Week 3:

Books 5-6

Week 4:

books 7-8

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  • Brian

    This reading is eerily relevant to the Phaedo. We're on the right track I'd say

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • George

      First, what isn't? And B), aren't we always?

      February 19, 2014

    • Brian

      Socrates had a similar question in the Phaedo with his dream about music. He had always interpreted these dreams as cheering him on like a racer on a track. In his final hours he is questioning his purpose and the meaning of the dream. Despite this questioning, it comes with reference to his self-knowledge, and so remains consistent with the right track. This is similar to Chaung-tza's butterfly dream from which he questioned what is his true self - the very source of this questioning confirms the rightness of his track - as the opposites arise from the same principle

      February 22, 2014

  • mariann

    Ah, I'm really stuck on the idea of spontaneity and chance as being prior to intelligence or nature. ? Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    February 18, 2014

    • mariann

      Er, I should say "predicated"

      February 18, 2014

    • George

      I sympathize because it appears that, for Aristotle, there isn't much (ontological) room for anything prior to nature/"fusis"­ (sp.?) or the intelligence he credits for moving/creating it. Yet, I'm optimistic that our group will make better sense of the "Metaphysica" for me than have previous (or is it prior?) acquaintances.

      February 19, 2014

  • Brian

    Work deadline: mission aborted

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Amy

      Mission aborted also: roommate shit :( Hopefully see you guys sometime.

      1 · February 19, 2014

    • George

      (admittedly un-Stoic) neck + spontaneous doc = discussion tonight missed (but monumental mission sustained).

      February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you guys on the first week? Books 1 & 2?

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    wish I could be there, but I'm booked EVERY Wednesday evening. I was ready: "That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal." Let me know if it comes up.

    February 18, 2014

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