Aristotle - index for METAPHYSICA Book 5 Part 1


Paragraph 1 'Beginning' means:
Paragraph 2 (1) that part of a thing from which one would start first, e.
Paragraph 3 (2) That from which each thing would best be originated, e.g. even in learning we must sometimes begin not from the first point and the beginning of the subject, but from the point from which we should learn most easily.
Paragraph 4 (3) That from which, as an immanent part, a thing first comes to be, e,g, as the keel of a ship and the foundation of a house, while in animals some suppose the heart, others the brain, others some other part, to be of this nature.
Paragraph 5 (4) That from which, not as an immanent part, a thing first comes to be, and from which the movement or the change naturally first begins, as a child comes from its father and its mother, and a fight from abusive language.
Paragraph 6 (5) That at whose will that which is moved is moved and that which changes changes, e.g. the magistracies in cities, and oligarchies and monarchies and tyrannies, are called arhchai, and so are the arts, and of these especially the architectonic arts.
Paragraph 7 (6) That from which a thing can first be known, - this also is called the beginning of the thing, e.g. the hypotheses are the beginnings of demonstrations.

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