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By W. H. Newton-Smith

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Here, therefore, we encounter the concept of a principle which causes the ontological perspective to make itself known also in the physics of Aristotle. Aristotelian physics is based on the assumption of the intelligibility of motion (intelligibilitas motus). Motion is intelligible because one can appeal to principles which render the concept of motion logically consistent and therefore make motion possible. A serious difficulty in understanding the character of Aristotle’s physics is that we usually associate the term “physics” closely with contemporary physics.

And therefore to the complete liquidation—solution—of the problem. And that is why the history of cosmology continues. Appendix: Ancient Ideas About the Structure of the Universe The beginnings of Greek astronomy must be sought already in the sixth century BC. The first philosophers (Thales of Miletus and Anaximander) tried to describe the nature of the heavenly bodies. Initially, astronomical considerations were accompanied by the conviction that the earth is flat, but already Parmenides of Elea (seventh to sixth centuries BC) mentioned its sphericity.

When a sculptor creates a statue (accidental motion), the stone finds itself in potency to the reception of the act of a new shape. In substantial change—by analogy—it is also necessary to assume a kind of material fulfilling the function of potency and a certain shape creating the new substance. That material, inaccessible to the senses and purely potential, Aristotle calls prime matter, or for short matter (hyle), and the shape which constitutes the substance substantial form, or for short form (morphe).

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