Ideas from 'Coming-to-be and Passing-away (Gen/Corr)' by Aristotle [335 BCE], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Sophistical Refutations, On the Cosmos etc (III)' by Aristotle (ed/tr Forster,E.S. /Furley,D.J.) [Harvard Loeb 1955,0-674-99441-8]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly
Unobservant thinkers tend to dogmatise using insufficient facts
6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 5. The Infinite / c. Potential infinite
Infinity is only potential, never actual
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 2. Types of Existence
Existence is either potential or actual
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 1. Nature of Change
True change is in a thing's logos or its matter, not in its qualities
A change in qualities is mere alteration, not true change
If the substratum persists, it is 'alteration'; if it doesn't, it is 'coming-to-be' or 'passing-away'
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 2. Processes
All comings-to-be are passings-away, and vice versa
9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 3. Matter of an Object
Matter is the substratum, which supports both coming-to-be and alteration
9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 10. Beginning of an Object
Does the pure 'this' come to be, or the 'this-such', or 'so-great', or 'somewhere'?
Philosophers have worried about coming-to-be from nothing pre-existing
The substratum changing to a contrary is the material cause of coming-to-be
If a perceptible substratum persists, it is 'alteration'; coming-to-be is a complete change
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / b. Primary/secondary
Which of the contrary features of a body are basic to it?
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / a. Greek matter
Matter is the limit of points and lines, and must always have quality and form
The primary matter is the substratum for the contraries like hot and cold
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / c. Ultimate substances
There couldn't be just one element, which was both water and air at the same time
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / f. Ancient elements
The Four Elements must change into one another, or else alteration is impossible
Fire is hot and dry; Air is hot and moist; Water is cold and moist; Earth is cold and dry
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / g. Atomism
Wood is potentially divided through and through, so what is there in the wood besides the division?
Bodies are endlessly divisible
If a body is endlessly divided, is it reduced to nothing - then reassembled from nothing?
27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 1. Nature of Time / b. Relative time
There is no time without movement
27. Natural Reality / E. Cosmology / 2. Eternal Universe
If each thing can cease to be, why hasn't absolutely everything ceased to be long ago?
28. God / B. Proving God / 2. Proofs of Reason / a. Ontological Proof
Being is better than not-being
28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / b. Teleological Proof
An Order controls all things