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In Metaphysics 4 Aristotle discusses the character of metaphysics, the elemental legislation of good judgment, the falsity of subjectivism and the differing kinds of ambiguity. the complete, transparent observation of Alexander of Aphrodisias in this vital e-book is the following translated into English by way of Arthur Madigan. Alexander is going via Aristotle's textual content essentially line through line, getting to the logical series of the arguments, noting locations the place Aristotle's phrases will endure a couple of interpretation and staining version readings. He time and again cross-refers to the De Interpretatione, Analytics, Physics and different works of Aristotle, therefore putting Metaphysics 4 within the content material of Aristotle's philosophy as a complete

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But if the process turns back on itself, the causes involved in this type of becoming do not, as a series, proceed ad infinitum in a downward direction. If then one thing is not cause of another ad infinitum in a series in the case of things that come to be either in the latter way or in the former, but 10 one thing comes to be from another only in these ways, one thing simply does not come to be from another ad infinitum in a series. 994a25 As we say that a man comes to be from a boy. Aristotle has used examples to clarify the twofold sense in which a thing is said to change 'from something into something".

Again Aristotle 5 himself provides an example: If the moving cause of man were to be air, that of air the sun, that of the sun in turn strife, and that of strife something else again, and so on ad infinitum. And a similar explanation [would be given] in the case of the cause that has Protrepticus, Ross, fr. 5, 332b30-333a5; Me. 2, 1094a20-l. For a discussion of Aristotle's argument see P. Brown, 'Infinite causal regression", Philosophical Review 75, 1966, 510-25. Sc). See A. Kenny, The Five Ways: St.

But Alexander wishes to exclude a sequence of purely random events which are first, intermediate and last only by chronological succession. 71 151,2. Alexander says only, 'the difference among causes', but his meaning is not that 'first' and 'last' describe different kinds of causes, but the different relationship found among the members of a series, the first of which is cause and the others effects. 72 151,3-4. The alt. rec. illustrates this point by the example of Sophroniscus and Socrates. Considered simply as men, they do not differ at all, although in point of time one of them is older, the other younger.

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