15. Aristotle's Physics and Cosmology

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. István Bodnár1 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch15

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Bodnár, I. and Pellegrin, P. (2012) Aristotle's Physics and Cosmology, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Philosophy of Eötvös University, Budapest (Hungary), UK

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Aristotle's physics and cosmology;
  • trace of crisis in the history of philosophy, from its beginning to Aristotle;
  • changes any changeable entity, from external influences and the changing object itself;
  • Aristotelian division of sciences, of a theoretical science of changeable being;
  • principles of physics, in the true Aristotelian sense, physics of the genus and the principles;
  • Aristotle's matter and form, a hypothetical necessity;
  • motion, causal interaction, and causational synonymy;
  • Aristotelian kinematics, priority of locomotion (phora), and circular locomotion;
  • Aristotelian theory of movement, everything moved being moved by a mover;
  • the mover of eternal motions, an entity possessing infinite power


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Principles of Physics

  • The Science of Natural Beings

  • Motion, Causal Interaction, and Causational Synonymy

  • Aristotelian Kinematics

  • Aristotle's Theory of the Continuum

  • The Causes of Elemental Motions

  • Unmoved Movers

  • Bibliography