The Aristotelian Problemata Physica

Philosophical and Scientific Investigations


Editor: Robert Mayhew
The Problemata physica is the third longest work in the corpus Aristotelicum, but among the least studied. It consists of 38 books, over 900 chapters, covering a vast range of subjects, including medicine and music, sex and salt water, fatigue and fruit, animals and astronomy, moderation and malodorous things, wind and wine, bruises and barley, voice and virtue. Aristotelian Problemata Physica : Philosophical and Scientific Investigations consists of 21 essays by scholars of ancient Greek philosophy and science. These essays shed light on this mysterious work, providing insights into the nature of philosophical and scientific inquiry in the Lyceum during Aristotle’s life and especially in the years following his death.

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Biographical Note
Robert Mayhew, Ph.D. (1991, Georgetown University) is Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University (New Jersey). He has published monographs, translations, and articles in ancient Greek Philosophy, including most recently Prodicus the Sophist: Texts, Translations, and Commentary (Oxford 2011) and Aristotle: Problems (Loeb Classical Library – Harvard 2011).

Contributors are: Han Baltussen, Andrew Barker, Istvan Bodnár, Alan C. Bowen, Bruno Centrone, William W. Fortenbaugh, Stefan Hagel, James G. Lennox, Mariska Leunissen, Robert Mayhew, Stephen Menn, David C. Mirhady, Katerina Oikonomopolou, Jason G. Rheins, Eckart Schütrumpf, Byron J. Stoyles, Liba Taub, Oliver Thomas, John Wilkins and Malcolm Wilson.
Table of contents
Editor’s Preface

1 The Problemata physica: An Introduction
Istvan Bodnar
2 Democritus, Aristotle, and the Problemata
Stephen Menn
3 Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics and the Aristotelian Problemata
James G. Lennox
4 The Problemata’s Medical Books: Structural and Methodological Aspects
Katerina Oikonomopoulou
5 Creating Problemata with the Hippocratic Corpus
Oliver Thomas
6 On Problemata 3: Wine-Drinking and Drunkenness
William W. Fortenbaugh
7 Material and Teleological Explanations in Problemata 10
Byron J. Stoyles
8 Sound Reasoning in Problemata 11? Disentangling the Components of Voices
Stefan Hagel
9 Understanding Odours in Problemata12–13: Peripatetic Problems Concerning the Elusive Sense of Smell
Han Baltussen
10 The Ethnography of Problemata 14 in (Its Mostly Aristotelian) Context
Mariska Leunissen
11 Problemata 15: Its Title and Agenda
Alan C. Bowen
12 Musical Pitch and the Enigmatic Octave in Problemata 19
Andrew Barker
13 Food and Health in Problemata 21–22: Cooking ( pepsis) in the Kitchen and “Cooking” ( pepsis) in the Body
John Wilkins
14 On Problemata 23: Little Problems on the Vast Sea
Malcolm Wilson
15 Problemata 26 and Theophrastus’ De ventis: A Preliminary Comparison
Robert Mayhew
16 On Problemata 27: Problems Connected with Fear and Courage
William W. Fortenbaugh
17 On Problemata 28: Temperance and Intemperance, Continence and Incontinence
Bruno Centrone
18 Problemata 29 and Athenian Law
David C. Mirhady
19 Black Bile as the Cause of Human Accomplishments and Behaviors in Pr. 30.1: Is the Concept Aristotelian?
Eckart Schutrumpf
20 Homo numerans, venerans, or imitans? Human and Animal Cognition in Problemata 30.6
Jason G. Rheins
21 ‘Problematising’ the Problemata: The Problemata in Relation to Other Question-and-Answer Texts
Liba Taub

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Anyone interested in ancient Greek philosophy and science (including medicine and mathematics, but also moral philosophy), and especially that of Aristotle and the later Peripatetic philosophers.
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