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Simplicius: On Aristotle on the Heavens 2.1-9 (Electronic book text)
Simplicius: On Aristotle on the Heavens 2.1-9 (Electronic book text): Ian Mueller

Simplicius: On Aristotle on the Heavens 2.1-9 (Electronic book text)

Ian Mueller

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Aristotle believed that the outermost stars are carried round us on a transparent sphere. There are directions in the universe and a preferred direction of rotation. The sun moon and planets are carried on different revolving spheres. The spheres and celestial bodies are composed of an everlasting fifth element, which has none of the ordinary contrary properties like heat and cold which could destroy it, but only the facility for uniform rotation. But this creates problems as to how the heavenly bodies create light, and, in the case of the sun, heat. The value of Simplicius' commentary on "On the Heavens" 2,1-9 lies both in its preservation of the lost comments of Alexander and in Simplicius' controversy with him. The two of them discuss not only the problem mentioned, but also whether soul and nature move the spheres as two distinct forces or as one. Alexander appears to have simplified Aristotle's system of 55 spheres down to seven, and some hints may be gleaned as to whether, simplifying further, he thinks there are seven ultimate movers, or only one.

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2014
Editors: Ian Mueller
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 235
ISBN-13: 978-1-306-72450-0
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time
Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time > Cosmology & the universe
LSN: 1-306-72450-3
Barcode: 9781306724500

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