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This paper is zetetic rather than expository: Can we define the field in which Aristotle believed kinesis to operate? My interest in this question stems from my work with his biological writings. The distinction between potentiality and actuality was for him an indispensable instrument for philosophy. The application of this principle reaches its apex when he speaks of active and passive nous.


Arthur L. Peck presented “Aristotle on Kinesis” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the American Philological Association in Pittsburgh, 1963. It was published in John P. Anton & George Kustas, eds. 1971. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy vol. 1, SUNY, 478-490.

For most of his career A. L. Peck was a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, but when he spoke to the Society he was visiting the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton. For a rough idea of his many publications, see Philpapers online.