Doing and Being: An Interpretation of Aristotles Metaphysics Theta

Paperback | April 1, 2012

byJonathan Beere

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Doing and Being confronts the problem of how to understand two central concepts of Aristotle's philosophy: energeia and dunamis. While these terms seem ambiguous between actuality/potentiality and activity/capacity, Aristotle did not intend them to be so. Through a careful and detailed readingof Metaphysics Theta, Beere argues that we can solve the problem by rejecting both "actuality" and "activity" as translations of energeia, and by working out an analogical conception of energeia. This approach enables Beere to discern a hitherto unnoticed connection between Plato's Sophist andAristotle's Metaphysics Theta, and to give satisfying interpretations of the major claims that Aristotle makes in Metaphysics Theta, the claim that energeia is prior in being to capacity (Theta 8) and the claim that any eternal principle must be perfectly good (Theta 9).

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Doing and Being confronts the problem of how to understand two central concepts of Aristotle's philosophy: energeia and dunamis. While these terms seem ambiguous between actuality/potentiality and activity/capacity, Aristotle did not intend them to be so. Through a careful and detailed readingof Metaphysics Theta, Beere argues that we ...

Jonathan Beere is a member of the Department of Philosophy, as well as the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy and the Excellence Cluster Topoi, at the Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin. He was previously Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Significance of Metaphysics Theta1. Peace between the Gods and Giants2. The Introduction to Metaphysics Theta (Theta 1)Part II: Powers for Action and Passion3. Powers (Theta 1)4. Rational Powers (Theta 2)5. Powers and Possibilities: The Megarics (Theta 3)6. Possibility and the Future (Theta 3 and 4)7. The Exercise of Powers (Theta 5)Part III: Being-in-Energeia and Being-in-Capacity8. Actuality, Activity, Ambiguity9. Being-in-Energeia (Theta 6)10. Interlude: The Energeia-Kinesis Distinction (Theta 6)11. Being-in-Capacity (Theta 7)Part IV: The Priority and Superiority of Energeia12. Being-in-Capacity and Matter (Theta 7)13. The Priority of Energeia (Theta 8)14. The Bad Itself (with Speculations on Goodness) (Theta 9)Bibliography

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Review from previous edition: "This book is an enormously valuable contribution to the field of Aristotelian studies. It brings us closer to attaining Aristotle's wisdom." --Times Literary Supplement