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Aristotle and Contemporary Science

Volume II

Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou, Jagdish Hattiangadi and David M. Johnson

These two volumes of essays by outstanding Aristotelian scholars, philosophers of science, and scientists explore the relevance of Aristotle’s thought to developments in contemporary science in such diverse fields as Newtonian and quantum mechanics, relativity theory, mathematics, cosmology, biology, psychology, philosophy of mind, logic, ethics, politics, poetics, and economics. In addition, they offer original and enlightening perspectives on how Aristotle’s thinking can help us solve problems concerning scientific knowledge and method, demonstrative science, explanation, mechanistic determinism, teleology, and realism. Although not all the contributors are in accord as to Aristotle’s success in answering questions of our own day, their exploration of the Stagirite’s thought contributes to a deepening of our understanding of such fundamental concepts as time, infinity, continuity, matter, causation, mind, soul, life, and potentiality and shows why Aristotle is so very alive today.
These volumes are the result of the 1997 Aristotle and Contemporary Science International Conference held at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference was host to eighty scholars from Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Volume I includes essays initially presented in the plenary sessions, while volume II is a collection of selected papers presented at the conference.
Contents: David Bostock: Aristotle’s Theory of Matter – Gottfried Heinemann: Nature, Matter and Craft in Aristotle – Maurice Gagnon: From Relational Space and Time to Relativist Space-Time: Aristotle, Leibniz and Einstein – Wladyslaw Krajewski: Aristotelian and Leibnizian Concepts of Possibility – Nick Huggett: Aristotle and Modern Cosmology – Theodor M. Christidis: Chance, Necessity and the Role of Time in Aristotle’s Physics – Val Dusek: Aristotle’s Four Causes and Contemporary «Newtonian» Dynamics – George Boger: The Modernity of Aristotle’s Logic – Anne G. J. Newstead: Aristotle and Modern Mathematical Theories of the Continuum – August Bayonas: Exactness and Scientific Thought According to Aristotle – Giovanni Boniolo: Aristotelian Phrónesis as a Way Out for Methodology – Demetrios Koutras: Aristotle and the Limitations of Deduction in Scientific Knowledge – David Gutiérrez-Giraldo: Ψυχή and Genotype – Paul Thompson: «Organization», «Population» and Mayr’s Rejection of Essentialism in Biology – Abraham P. Bos: Aristotle’s De Anima II.1: The Traditional Interpretation Rejected – Joseph Gonda: Aristotle on Consciousness – Katerina Ierodiakonou: Aristotle on Colours – Maria Magoula Adamos: Aristotle on Emotions and Contemporary Psychology – Raymond Herbenick: Aristotle on Mathematical Ethics – Stelios Virvidakis: Contemporary Approaches to Aristotle’s Moral Realism – Byron Kaldis: Aristotle’s Connection of Ethics and Politics: Remarks from a Kantian Viewpoint.