This paper shall explore Aristotle’s natural philosophy by paying attention to its role as a mediator between early Greek and modern science. To that aim, we shall focus on how to explain natural phenomena—based on a supernatural assumption or in a naturalistic way, and where to locate the physically important properties—within the physical objects or in the field around them. Aristotle’s natural philosophy holds contemporary significance in the sense that both mechanical and teleological views of nature are necessary for scientific explanations.
|Keywords:||Hylozoism of the Milesians, Democritean Atomism, Plato’s Theory of Forms, Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy, Hylomorphism, Substantial Forms, Mechanism, Teleology|
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership Program, St. Thomas University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA