The Theory Of Aristotle 's Theory

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nam Dorji

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Similar to Heraclitus, Aristotle finds that everything is in a constant state of flux. For Aristotle flux, or movement, is dependent on something acting on the thing that is being moved, the mover. Thus, in Aristotle’s Physics we are first introduced to the topic of the unmoved mover: that which moves without being moved, also formally known as the Prime mover. Historically this theory has resulted in a monotheistic concept that has been advanced not only by Aristotle, but also thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas. As a primarily cause or mover of all the motion in the universe, the primary mover is a complex that is surrounded by much controversy. This paper analyzes the first mover from a Buddhist point of view. I will first present Aristotle’s claims and then attempt to disprove them from a holistically dependent Buddhist complex. I will then present the Buddhist complex to assert that identifying the first mover or the causation of the first mover is objectively difficult. Aristotle’s Physics, is broken into two main focuses. The first four books raise inquiry onto nature. In contrast books five to eight emphases the treatment of motion. For the sake of this paper we shall focus on the latter.
Unlike his predecessors, specifically Socrates’ aporia, Aristotle provides explicit definitions of his concepts. In book eight he establishes that the primary mover is at the center of the cosmos. Aristotle argues that for every motion

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