Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotles Biology

Hardcover | March 5, 2012

byAllan Gotthelf

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This volume presents an interconnected set of sixteen essays, four of which are previously unpublished, by Allan Gotthelf - one of the leading experts in the study of Aristotle's biological writings. Gotthelf addresses three main topics across Aristotle's three main biological treatises.Starting with his own ground-breaking study of Aristotle's natural teleology and its illuminating relationship with the Generation of Animals, Gotthelf proceeds to the axiomatic structure of biological explanation (and the first principles such explanation proceeds from) in the Parts of Animals. After an exploration of the implications of these two treatises for our understanding of Aristotle's metaphysics, Gotthelf examines important aspects of the method by which Aristotle organizes his data in the History of Animals to make possible such a systematic, explanatory study of animals,offering a new view of the place of classification in that enterprise. In a concluding section on 'Aristotle as Theoretical Biologist', Gotthelf explores the basis of Charles Darwin's great praise of Aristotle and, in the first printing of a lecture delivered worldwide, provides an overview ofAristotle as a philosophically-oriented scientist, and 'a proper verdict' on his greatness as scientist.

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This volume presents an interconnected set of sixteen essays, four of which are previously unpublished, by Allan Gotthelf - one of the leading experts in the study of Aristotle's biological writings. Gotthelf addresses three main topics across Aristotle's three main biological treatises.Starting with his own ground-breaking study of Ar...

Allan Gotthelf is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the College of New Jersey. He has been a Visiting Professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh since 2003. He was a junior fellow at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in 1979-80 and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:March 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPART I: Teleology, Irreducibility, and the Generation of Animals (GA)1. Aristotle's Conception of Final Causality2. The Place of the Good in Aristotle's Natural Teleology3. Understanding Aristotle's Teleology4. Teleology and Embryogenesis in Aristotle's Generation of Animals II.65. co-authored with Mariska Leunissen: 'What's Teleology Got to Do with It?'--A Reinterpretation of Aristotle's Generation of Animals V6. Teleology and Spontaneous Generation in Aristotle: A DiscussionPART II: First Principles and Explanatory Structure in the Parts of Animals (PA) 7. First Principles in Aristotle's Parts of Animals8. The Elephant's Nose: Further Reflections on the Axiomatic Structure of Biological Explanation in Aristotle9. Division and Explanation in Aristotle's Parts of AnimalsPART III: Metaphysical Themes in PA and GA10. Notes towards a Study of Substance and Essence in Aristotle's Parts of Animals II-IV11. A Biological Provenance: Reflections on Montgomery Furth's Substance, Form, and Psyche: An Aristotelean MetaphysicsPART IV: Starting a Science: Theoretical Aims of the History of Animals (HA) 12. Data-Organization, Classification, and Kinds: The Place of the History of Animals in Aristotle's Biological Enterprise13. HA I.6 490b7-491a6: Aristotle's megista gene14. Historiae I: Plantarum et AnimaliumPART V: Aristotle as Theoretical Biologist15. Darwin on AristotleCoda: Aristotle as Scientist: A Proper VerdictReferencesIndex LocorumGeneral Index