Matter, space and motion : theories in antiquity and their sequel / Richard Sorabji.

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Other titles
  • Matter, space & motion
  • Matter, space & motion.
Published
  • Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press 1988
Physical description
x, 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
  • 0801421942
  • 9780801421945
  • 0801480574
  • 9780801480577
Notes
  • Spine title: Matter, space & motion.
  • Includes indexes.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-305).
Contents
  • pt. I. Matter. 1. Body as extension endowed with properties: simplicius on Aristotle -- 2. Body as extension endowed with properties: Philoponus against Aristotle -- 3. Body as extension endowed with properties: Antecedents and sequel -- 4. Bodies as bundles of properties -- 5. Can two bodies be in the same place? Chemical combination from Anaxagoras to Aristotle -- 6. Can two bodies be in the same place? Stoic metaphysics and chemistry -- 7. Neoplatonists and Christians: Place and bodies in the same place -- pt. II. Space. 8. Is there infinite or extracosmic space? Pythagoreans, Aristotelians and Stoics -- 9. Motion in a vacuum: Stoics, Epicureans and Philoponus against Aristotle -- 10. Closed space and closed time: the Pythagoreans -- 11. The immobility of space: Theophrastus on Aristotle -- 12. Is space inert or dynamic? Theophrastus and the Neoplatonists -- pt. III. Motion. 13. Nature and God: two explanations of motion in Aristotle -- 14. The theory of impetus or impressed force: Philoponus -- 15. Infinite power impressed: The Neoplatonist transformation of Aristotle.
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Genre
  • Bibliography
  • History.
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • The nature of matter was as intriguing a question for ancient philosophers as it is for contemporary physicists, and Matter, Space, and Motion presents a fresh and illuminating account of the rich legacy of the physical theories of the Greeks from the fifth century B.C. to the late sixth century A.D.

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