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REFUTATION: Only small parts of Earth change in the Aristotelian sense
By: NickAdams, on 12 Jan 2016


Overall, the nature of Earth tends more towards permanence than change. Salviati on the first day argues that while some aspects, such as living things, may change and transform, Earth has endured and appears that it will endure far longer, so perhaps it is not so different from the seemingly-unchanging heavens. "For let me ask the Peripatetic if, being of the opinion that celestial bodies are incorruptible and eternal, he believes that the terrestrial globe is not so, but corruptible and mortal, so that there will come a time when, the sun and moon and other stars continuing their existence and their operations, the earth will not be found in the universe but will be annihilated along with the rest of the elements, and I am certain that he would answer, No. Therefore generation and corruption belong to the parts and not to the whole; indeed, to very small and superficial parts which are insensible in comparison to the whole mass. "

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