Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animals

Authors: Tipton, Jason A.

  • Illustrates the biological details that provide the foundation for the philosophical argument
  • Retraces Aristotle’s steps in Lesvos, Greece  
  • Provides a commentary on the whole of the Parts of Animals
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This book provides a detailed analysis of Aristotle’s Parts of Animals. It presents the wealth of information provided in the biological works of Aristotle and revisits the detailed natural history observations that inform, and in many ways penetrate, the philosophical argument. It raises the question of how easy it is to clearly distinguish between what some might describe as “merely” biological and the philosophical. It explores the notion and consequences of describing the activity in which Aristotle is engaged as philosophical biology.  The book examines such questions as:  do readers of Aristotle have in mind organisms like Ascidians or Holothurians when trying to understand Aristotle’s argument regarding plant-like animals?  Do they need the phenomena in front of them to understand the terms of the philosophical argument in a richer way?  The discussion of plant-like animals is important in Aristotle because of the question about the continuum between plant and animal life. Where does Aristotle draw the line?  Plant-like animals bring this question into focus and demonstrate the indeterminacy of any potential solution to the division. This analysis of Parts of Animals shows that the study of the nature of the organic world was Aristotle’s way into such ontological problems as the relationship between matter and form, or form and function, or the heterogeneity of the many different kinds of being.​

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Aristotle’s Philosophy and Biology: The Biological Phenomena

    Tipton, Jason A.

    Pages 1-18

  • The Problem of Beginnings (PA I.1)

    Tipton, Jason A.

    Pages 19-45

  • Recognizing Sameness and Otherness in Animals (PA I.2–5)

    Tipton, Jason A.

    Pages 47-71

  • The Examination of the Animate in Light of the Inanimate: Or, the Argument for the Autonomy of the Zoological Inquiry

    Tipton, Jason A.

    Pages 73-105

  • Finding Fault with Nature

    Tipton, Jason A.

    Pages 107-140

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37652-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animals
Authors
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
26
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01421-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01421-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01420-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37652-3
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 207
Number of Illustrations and Tables
26 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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