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In Metaphysics 4 Aristotle discusses the character of metaphysics, the fundamental legislation of common sense, the falsity of subjectivism and the different sorts of ambiguity. the complete, transparent observation of Alexander of Aphrodisias in this very important booklet is the following translated into English by means of Arthur Madigan. Alexander is going via Aristotle's textual content essentially line by way of line, getting to the logical series of the arguments, noting areas the place Aristotle's phrases will undergo a couple of interpretation and staining variation readings. He again and again cross-refers to the De Interpretatione, Analytics, Physics and different works of Aristotle, hence putting Metaphysics 4 within the content material of Aristotle's philosophy as a complete
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Alexander now comments on two aspects of the final sentence of Aristotle's argument: 'But of [series] that are infinite in this way ... all the parts down to the present are alike intermediates, so that if there is no first there is no cause at all' (994al6-19). At 151,25 the translation adopts the reading of LF, proskeitai de touton ton tropon tei lexei ton de apeirdn, for Hayduck's to de touton ton tropon proskeimenon tois aitiois. There is no mention ofaitia in Aristotle's text. 77 151,26. Alexander explains actual and potential infinity at 166,9ff.
93. 155,21, ho memathSkds, lit. 'one who has completed the learning process'. This is Aristotle's ho epistemon, the man who possesses the developed capacity for scientific thinking. The expression here is very loose: the learner does not 'change into perfection', but into a person who has acquired the habitual capacity, a perfection. 104 155,23-4. A capsule version of the noetic theory that Alexander develops at length in his de Anima. The eidos (form) in this text later became the species impressa of medieval Aristotelians, the form abstracted from material things by the agent intellect that, united with the potential intellect, enables the latter to bring forth the species expressa or concept.
44 For if the things that are forever beings, those that are the object of theoretical knowledge, are forever true because they exist forever, then certainly among these things too the causes are true to a greater degree than their effects, since the former are prior and the latter posterior - not of course in time (both of them 10 are eternal) but by nature; for the cause is by nature prior to the things of which it is the cause. e. true. The argument is that the first causes are pre-eminently true because they are the source of the truth found in other things.
Alexander of Aphrodisias : on Aristotle metaphysics 2 & 3 by Alexander of Aphrodisias, William E. Dooley, Arthur Madigan