Nous e ordine dei fini in Aristotele, Met. Lambda 6-10

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Nous and order of ends in Aristotle, Met. Lambda 6-10

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[Autom. eng. transl.] It was the anassagorean intuition of a nous as the cause of the order of the cosmos that triggered the reasoning that made it possible to overcome the monism on which kinetic materialism was based. However, the dependence of the arguments of Metaph. A 3 from the autobiographical excursus of Fedone (95 E 6 - 101 D 2) shows the extent to which Aristotle agreed with Plato in deeming a justification that directly links the movement of matter to the ordering work of the divine nous untenable. After discussing the reasons for this agreement, the article goes on to consider Aristotle's revival of anassagean intuition in Metaph. L 6-10. The subject is deepened above all on the cosmological side, showing how Aristotle is looking for a principle that justifies the dynamism of the plurality of ends that the cosmos represents. He shows that it cannot be a kinetic cause, but a driving cause operating as a final cause and, in doing so, establishes a fundamental junction between the physical, metaphysical and anthropological dimension. These are the final version of the contribution presented in the Conference " The divine and the order of the world: a recurrent polarity Minima Metaphysica, held at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, 5-7 November 2012.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Nous and order of ends in Aristotle, Met. Lambda 6-10
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationMinima Metaphysica. Il divino e l'ordine del mondo
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameTemi metafisici e problemi del pensiero antico. Studi e testi


  • coming-to-be
  • end
  • first mover
  • material principle
  • nous
  • order


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