Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3):498-499 (2016)

Mariska Leunissen
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
While Aristotle is mostly famous as the father of natural teleology, De Groot sets out to offer us a picture of the “other,” hitherto neglected Aristotle, whose natural science is thoroughly influenced by mechanistic procedures and ideas. Her monograph is impressive: it provides a wealth of detailed and philosophically rich discussions of sometimes overlooked Aristotelian texts, diagrams, and tables that help visualize the often technical materials she discusses, and bold and original claims that will perhaps not convince everyone, but that will need to be taken into account in future studies of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. By drawing attention to the operation of mechanical notions...
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