Tuesday 14 May 2024 - 23:03
Aristotle's 'Physics' appears at Iranian bookstores

IBNA- Written in ancient Greek, 'Physics' collated from a collection of surviving manuscripts known as the Corpus Aristotelicum, attributed to the 4th-century BC philosopher Aristotle has been published in Persian.

This book has been translated into Persian by Esmaeil Sa'adat, edited and revised by Hossein Ma'soumi. Tehran-based Hermes Publishing has released 'Physics' in 621 pages.

For many centuries, Aristotle's 'Physics' was the essential starting point for anyone who wished to study the natural sciences.

It is a collection of treatises or lessons that deals with the most general (philosophical) principles of natural or moving things, both living and non-living, rather than physical theories (in the modern sense) or investigations of the particular contents of the universe.

The chief purpose of the work is to discover the principles and causes of (and not merely to describe) change, or movement, or motion (kinesis), especially that of natural wholes (mostly living things, but also inanimate wholes like the cosmos).

In the conventional Andronicean ordering of Aristotle's works, it stands at the head of, as well as being foundational to, the long series of physical, cosmological and biological treatises, whose ancient Greek title, means "the [writings] on nature" or "natural philosophy".

Aristotelian 'physics' is different from what we mean today by this word, not only to the extent that it belongs to antiquity whereas the modern physical sciences belong to modernity, rather above all it is different by virtue of the fact that Aristotle's 'physics' is philosophy, whereas modern physics is a positive science that presupposes a philosophy.

This book determines the warp and woof of the whole of Western thinking, even at that place where it, as modern thinking, appears to think at odds with ancient thinking. But opposition is invariably comprised of a decisive, and often even perilous, dependence.


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