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Aristotle and Philoponus on Light

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by Jean De Groot
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Aristotle and Philoponus on Light by Jean De Groot

Originally published in 1991. Philoponus' long commentary on Aristotle's definition of light sets up the major concerns, both in optics and theory of light, that is discussed here. Light was of special interest in Neoplatonism because of its being something incorporeal in the world of natural bodies and therefore had a special role in the philosophical analysis of the interpenetration of bodies and also as a paradigm for the soul-body problem. The material investigated in this book contains much about the physiology of vision as well as the propagation of light. Several chapters investigate the philosophical theory and its origins in 'multiplication of species.' These issues in the history of science philosophy are looked at further and an analysis is offered of the development of the distinction between Aristotle's kinesis and energeia. The book covers a substantial amount of the philosophy of mathematical science from the point of view of Philoponus, drawing on more of his works relating to three dimensionality.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 198
Size: 7.7 MB
Publisher: Routledge
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781317380627 (EPUB)

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