Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animals

2014.06.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason A. Tipton, Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animals, Springer, 2014, 207pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.06.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason A. Tipton, Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animals, Springer, 2014, 207pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319014203. Reviewed by Andrea Falcon, Concordia University (Montreal) This book is a study of the overall argument and contents of Aristotle's Parts of Animals (hereafter PA). Tipton writes that in view of the renewed interest in Aristotle's natural philosophy, he aims to develop a new avenue of research "with an eye to both the empirical and philosophical." This approach, he suggests, will help us "begin to understand better Aristotle's philosophical biology at the same time as trying to understand his biological philosophy" (p. 9). After a general introduction (chapter 1: "Aristotle's Philosophy and Biology: The Biological Phenomena"), Tipton offers his own reading of the main lines of the argument in PA I. He attempts a reconstruction of what he calls the movement of PA I in chapters 2. . .

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