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By Vasilis Politis

Aristotle might be an important determine in philosophy. each severe reader of philosophy will come upon the Metaphysics, but beforehand there has now not been an introductory booklet to assist clarify the customarily tough principles that come up within the text.This GuideBook seems to be on the Metaphysics thematically and takes the reader throughout the major arguments present in the publication. The booklet introduces and assesses Aristotle's existence and the heritage to the Metaphysics, the guidelines and textual content of the Metaphysics and Aristotle's philosophical legacy.

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In other words, there would, necessarily, be a remaining part that could be any number of things. ’ question. ’, then there is a single, determinate and welldefined answer to this question. It will emerge that Aristotle (and Plato) thinks that this answer will be provided by the essence of the thing in question. For he argues that if a thing has an essence, then it has a single, determinate and well-defined essence (see Chapter 7§5iii). And in general he argues that the explanation of why a thing is as it is and behaves as it does is ultimately provided by the essence of that thing.

Questions. But Aristotle thinks that such answers will refer directly to the things themselves and their features. ’ question, we are asking something of the things themselves; for example, why plants grow. But he also thinks that the answer that we are searching for will appeal directly to the things themselves and their features; for example, plants grow because they take up and process nutrients in certain ways. e. e. ’ questions) as things and their features, and he conceives of explanation as a relation simply between two sets of things and their features—a metaphysical relation.

1, 980b28–981a1) 32 THE ULTIMATE EXPLANATIONS OF ALL THINGS The memories that he has in mind are evidently memories associated with previous sense perceptions. So when he says that experience is generated from sense perception and memory, he means that if an animal has perceived many particular things that are all alike, for example, many particular trees, and if it also remembers these particular things, then this animal may—especially, but not exclusively, if it is a human being— develop the capacity for a single experience of such things, for example, of trees.

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