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This paper seeks to understand how Aristotle’s ideas about nutrition avoid cancerous growth: why does the flesh that is distilled out of the digestive process, and that travels out to the various parts of the body, not just produce formless growth? De Anima II.5 gives a purely formal reply ("limit and ratio:") Using GA and GC I try to put together Aristotle's schematic account of the process.


John Thorp presented “Homeopoesis: Aristotle on Nutrition and Growth” to the Society at its meeting with the Central Division in 2012. A somewhat different version was presented in the form of a poster at the Canadian Colloquium on Ancient Philosophy, Vancouver 2014.

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