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The Feminine SymptomAleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos$
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Emanuela Bianchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823262182

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823262182.001.0001

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Motion and Gender in the Aristotelian Cosmos

Motion and Gender in the Aristotelian Cosmos

(p.140) Chapter Five Motion and Gender in the Aristotelian Cosmos
The Feminine Symptom

Emanuela Bianchi

Fordham University Press

This chapter investigates the operation of the feminine symptom in Aristotle’s various account of motion. The phenomenon of motion is considered at many different sites: the movements of the heavens and their relationship to the prime mover; the transition from circular heavenly movement to rectilinear yet cyclical movement on earth and the sun’s role therein; the upward and downward movement toward proper place of the elements; the motion of animals with an especial focus on involuntary motions and the operation of aleatory matter. Gendered tropes are examined in all these contexts. Aristotle’s definition of motion in terms of potentiality and actuality is also analyzed.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Motion, Prime mover, Heavens, Gender, Elements, Animals, Potentiality, Actuality, Matter

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