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Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9 By Han Baltussen

Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9

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The first translation into English of this part of the sixth-century philosopher Simplicius' commentary on Aristotle's Physics, which deals with the treatment of matter.

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Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9 by Han Baltussen

Simplicius' greatest contribution in his commentary on Aristotle on Physics 1.5-9 lies in his treatment of matter. The sixth-century philosopher starts with a valuable elucidation of what Aristotle means by 'principle' and 'element' in Physics. Simplicius' own conception of matter is of a quantity that is utterly diffuse because of its extreme distance from its source, the Neoplatonic One, and he tries to find this conception both in Plato's account of space and in a stray remark of Aristotle's. Finally, Simplicius rejects the Manichaean view that matter is evil and answers a Christian objection that to make matter imperishable is to put it on a level with God. This is the first translation of Simplicius' important work into English.

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About Han Baltussen

Editor/Translators: Han Baltussen is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Thought at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the author of Theophrastus Against the Presocratics and Plato: Peripatetic Dialectic in the De sensibus (2000). Michael Atkinson is a former teacher of Classics at Eton College, UK. Michael Share is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania. Ian Mueller was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction Richard Sorabji 1 Conventions 13 Abbreviations 14 Translation: 1.5-6 15 1.5 Han Baltussen 17 1.6 Michael Share and Michael Atkinson 30 Departures from Diels' Text and Bibliography 50 Notes 53 English-Greek Glossary 65 Greek-English Index 71 S ubject Index 79 Memorial notice 85 Translation: 1.7-9 Ian Mueller 87 Notes 145 English-Greek Glossary 157 Greek-English Index 161 Subject Index 166

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Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9 by Han Baltussen
Han Baltussen
Ancient Commentators on Aristotle
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