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Philoponus: Corollaries on Place and Void with Simplicius: Against Philoponus on the Eternity of the World

by Philoponus

Part of the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle Series

Philoponus: Corollaries on Place and Void with Simplicius: Against Philoponus on the Eternity of the World Synopsis

In the Corollaries on Place and Void, Philoponus attacks Aristotle's conception of place as two-dimensional, adopting instead the view more familiar to us that it is three-dimensional, inert and conceivable as void. Philoponus' denial that velocity in the void would be infinite anticipated Galileo, as did his denial that speed of fall is proportionate to weight, which Galileo greatly developed. In the second document Simplicius attacks a lost treatise of Philoponus which argued for the Christians against the eternity of the world. He exploits Aristotle's concession that the world contains only finite power. Simplicius' presentation of Philoponus' arguments (which may well be tendentious), together with his replies, tell us a good deal about both Philosophers.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780933740
Publication date: 18th January 2013
Author: Philoponus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 156 pages
Categories: Literary essays, Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500,

About Philoponus

David Furley is Professor of Classics at Princeton University. Christian Wildberg is Lecturer in Greek at the Freie Universitat, Berlin

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