The Decision about Truth .: The Relation between Physics and Metaphysics in Aristotle's Philosophy

Phainomena 41 (2002)

Aristotle's metaphysics has its logical foundation in the principle of contradiction. According to Heidegger's »Phenomenological Interpretations on Aristotle”, we must address Aristotle's Physics if we want to elucidate the origins of metaphysics and logic. The fundamental concepts of metaphysics: Being and One, Being and Not-Being, subject and matter, form, potentiality and actuality and others, are elaborated out of our basic experience of nature as the “principle of movement and standing still”. Aristotle’s Physics endeavours to establish the accordance between nature and the human being, between art and nature. If nature is in itself a kind of proportion and “rationality”, it can keep this world order in safety and self-maintenance, soteria
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