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Classical Physics, Book I, Chapter 2.

To complete this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Study the Lesson for mastery.
  2. Complete the lesson Assessment.

Lesson

In reading this textbook, please note that the larger text is that of Aristotle, and the smaller print is commentary of the translator. The smaller print does not need to be studied.

Assessment

  1. Briefly summarize what was studied in the previous lesson(s).
  2. What question does Aristotle investigate in this lesson?
  3. If there is only one principle in nature, what two options would we next need to consider?
  4. If there are more than one principles in nature, what two options would we next need to consider?
  5. If there are a finite number of principles in nature, what would we next need to consider?
  6. If there are an infinite number of principles in nature, what would we next need to consider?
  7. Why does Aristotle say that to consider whether being is one and immoveable does not belong to natural philosophy?
  8. What is necessary before one can discuss natural philosophy?
  9. Why can there be no principle if there is only one thing in nature?
  10. What kinds of errors were found in the opinions on these subjects among different ancient philosophers?
  11. How is a definition like the parts of a whole?
  12. Briefly summarize the content of this lesson.

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