Phronesis 60 (1):88-126 (2015)

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Christopher Frey
University of South Carolina
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_ Source: _Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 88 - 126 The dominant interpretation of Metaphysics Θ.8 commits Aristotle to the claim that the heavenly bodies’ eternal movements are not the exercises of capacities. Against this, I argue that these movements are the result of necessarily exercised capacities. I clarify what it is for a heavenly body to possess a nature and argue that a body’s nature cannot be a final cause unless the natural body possesses capacities that are exercised for the sake of its nature qua form. This discussion yields a better understanding of what capacities are, what explanatory work capacities do, and what it is to possess a nature
Keywords nature   activity   capacity   De Caelo   eternal   aither   Aristotle   Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1163/15685284-12341280
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