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On Aristotle "On the Heavens 1.5-9", Hardback Book

On Aristotle "On the Heavens 1.5-9" Hardback

Part of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series

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Aristotle argues in "On the Heavens" 1.5-7 that there can be no infinitely large body, and in 1.8-9 that there cannot be more than one physical world.

As a corollary in 1.9, he infers that there is no place, vacuum or time beyond the outermost stars.

As one argument in favour of a single world, he argues that his four elements, earth, air, fire and water, have only one natural destination apiece.

Moreover they accelerate as they approach it and acceleration cannot be unlimited.

However, the Neoplatonist Simplicius, who wrote the commentary translated here in the sixth century AD, tells us that this whole world view was to be rejected by Strato, the third head of Aristotle's school.

At the same time, he tells us the different theories of acceleration in Greek philosophy.

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