Aristotle's Meteorologica IV (Doctoral thesis)

Ζήκου, Θεοδώρα Σ.

This PhD thesis aims at a detailed commentary on the Aristotelian treatise Meteorologica IV. This treatise is well-known as the "Aristotelian chemical treatise", since, despite the title, no reference is made to the meteorological phenomena. Meteorologica IV is about the creation of the homoiomerē bodies and their properties. Homoiomerē are the homogenous bodies consisted of -at least visually- only one material. Their creation is achieved by the reciprocal change of the four elements, mainly of the earth and of the water. The elements change from one another under the influence of the two pair of qualities that determine the creation of the physical bodies: these pairs are the active (hot-cold) and the passive one (dry-wet). This PhD includes an extensive introduction, which examines the following issues: the issue of the treatise's authenticity and its place in the Aristotelian coprus, an attempt of the treatise's dating, its connection with other Aristotelian treatises and a thorough presentation of the Aristotelian physic theory present in the Meteorologica IV. Special reference is made to the issues of pores and of the Aristotelian teleology. In the detailed commentary, the text is examined word by word and the parallel texts are referred and interpreted· at the same time, a detailed description of the Aristotelian theories that appear in this treatise is given. The modern Greek translation depicts and simultaneously interprets, close to the original text, the treatise's philosophical meanings.
Alternative title / Subtitle: εισαγωγή - μετάφραση - ερμηνευτικό υπόμνημα
introduction ‒ modern greek translation ‒ commentary
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Φιλοσοφική Σχολή. Τμήμα Φιλολογίας
Subject classification: Αριστοτέλης, 384-322 π.Χ.
Keywords: Αριστοτέλης,Μετεωρολογικά IV,Γνησιότητα,Χημική πραγματεία,Πρώτη ύλη,Στοιχεία,Τελεολογία,Πόροι,Ομοιομερή,Ζεύγη δυνάμεων,Στερεοποίηση,Υγροποίηση,Πέψη,Βρασμός,Σχέση με ιατρική και βιολογία,Χρήση πειραμάτων και παραδειγμάτων,Συλλογιστική πορεία του φιλοσόφου,Aristotle,Meteorologica IV,Authenticity,Chemical treatise,Prima materia,Elements,Teleology,Pores,Homogenous bodies,Pair of qualities,Solidification,Liquefaction,Concoction,Boiling,Relationship with biology and medicine,Use of experiments and exemplars,The philosopher's syllogistic methods
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