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CASNATI, María Gabriela. The reference to Timaeus in Physics IV 2. arete [online]. 2013, vol.25, n.2, pp.231-266. ISSN 1016-913X.

In this paper, we discuss some possible readings of Physics IV 2, where Aristotle identifies the Platonic χώρα of the Timaeus with ὕλη, μεταληπτικόν and μεθεκτικόν. We will study common features that bring the receptacle of the Timaeus closer to Aristotelian matter and space, and that make it natural for Aristotle to identify χώρα with matter. However, we will try to show that, in spite of the similarities between the receptacle and what Aristotle understands for place and matter, the mechanics of appropriation of the Platonic text that the Stagirite operates, forcing an equivalence with his own technical terms, possibly implies a distortion that, in the end, does not do justice to the formulations of the teacher.

Palabras clave : Physics; Timaeus; χώρα; ὕλη; μεθεκτικόν.

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