Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle's Biology
axiomatic structure of biological explanation (and the first principles such explanation proceeds from) in the Parts of Animals. After an exploration of the implications of these two treatises for our understanding of Aristotle's metaphysics, Gotthelf examines important aspects of the method by which Aristotle
organizes his data in the History of Animals to make possible such a systematic, explanatory study of animals, offering a new view of the place of classification in that enterprise. In a concluding section on 'Aristotle as Theoretical Biologist', Gotthelf explores the basis of Charles Darwin's great praise of Aristotle and, in the first printing of a lecture delivered worldwide, provides an overview of Aristotle as a philosophically-oriented scientist, and 'a proper verdict' on his
greatness as scientist.
- Hardback | 464 pages
- 163 x 241 x 30mm | 838g
- 30 Apr 2012
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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himself thinks these parts fit together. That the book includes an impressive list of references and indexes (locorum, names, and subjects) further increases its value as a reference for those engaging with Aristotleas biological treatises. * Byron J. Styles, Mind * for those who are new to Aristotle's biology this book is an exceptional resource. It contains a wealth of interesting and provocative ideas on everything from the nature of teleological causation, to the relation between Aristotle's scientific theory and practice, to an analysis of the concepts of form, essence and substance, to a discussion of Darwin's views on Aristotle as a biologist . . . there is much to be praised in this excellent collection. While it will
likely be of interest mostly to Aristotle specialists, it tackles issues of a much broader historical significance in an engaging and delightful way. * David Henry, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
About Allan Gotthelf
has been life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has published widely on Aristotle's biological works, and his work on Aristotle has recently been celebrated by some of the foremost scholars of Aristotle's in Being, Nature, and Life in Aristotle: Essays in Honour of Allan Gotthelf (2010).