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Mixture, Generation and the First Aporia of Aristotle’s GC 1.10

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  • 1 Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMünchenGermany
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Abstract

This paper concerns the classification of the process of mixture, for Aristotle, and the related issue of the manner in which the ingredients remain present once mixed. I argue that mixture is best viewed as a kind of substantial generation in the context of the GC and, accordingly, that the ingredients do not enjoy the kind of strong presence within a mixture usually attributed to them. To do this, I critically examine the most promising versions of the standard view and offer a new interpretation of Aristotle’s treatment of a puzzle about mixture in GC 1.10.

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