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Optimality Reasoning in Aristotle’s Natural Teleology

Devin Henry

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 45

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199679430
eISBN:
9780191758492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679430.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter examines the role of optimality reasoning in Aristotle’s natural science. By the phrase ‘optimality reasoning’ Aristotle means reasoning that appeals to some conception of ‘what is ... More


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