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Alexander of Aphrodisias On Aristotle , On Coming to be and Perishing 2.2-5 by Emma Gannage
  

Alexander of Aphrodisias On Aristotle , On Coming to be and Perishing 2.2-5

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Alexander of Aphrodisias On Aristotle , On Coming to be and Perishing 2.2-5 by Emma Gannage

This important commentary by Alexander of Aphrodisias on Aristotle's work on biochemistry was previously lost. However, four chapters of it have been reidentified in an Arabic translation by Emma Gannge and are here translated for the first time. The chapters were preserved in the writings of an eighth-century alchemist, Jabir ibn Hayyan. In addition to preserving an interesting example of very early cross-cultural scientific activity in the Muslim world, the newly discovered material is of philosophical importance: We learn how Alexander attempted to provide a unified theory that would unite Aristotle's chemistry with his elemental physics. In addition to a translation of the text, this volume includes a detailed introduction demonstrating the authenticity of the work and discussing its contribution to our understanding of ancient science.

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Publication date

27th January 2006

Author

Emma Gannage

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Publisher

Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

ISBN

9780715633038

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