The course is an in-depth reading of the Greek text of Aristotle’s Physics Book III. We will discuss Aristotle’s account of motion – why motion is a key issue for Aristotle in natural philosophy, and how that fits in with his doctrine of actuality and potentiality. Our discussion will try to find connections between Aristotle’s critical discussion of the views of his predecessors, and his larger quest for the metaphysical preconditions of the presence of motion in the cosmos.

Some preliminary knowledge of Greek is required, on the basis of which we will read and translate the text, and give a philosophical analysis of its arguments.

We shall use the following edition: Aristotle, Physics, revised Greek text with introduction and commentary by William David Ross, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936.