Aristotle's "The Physics" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Aristotle's "The Physics"
This paper explains Aristotle's thoughts on the existence of natural bodies, using the terms luck, chance and teleology as presented in his book "The Physics".
# 64976 | 885 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Apr 20, 2006 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , English (Analysis)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper explains that Aristotle defines "luck" ("tuche" in Greek) as part of human affairs and human intentions, "chance" as the interruption of a process, which produces an unusual result, and "teleology" as end or goal directness. The author points out that Aristotle believes that an inanimate thing, a lower animal or a child cannot do anything by chance or luck because it is incapable of deliberate intention; good fortune or ill fortune can not be attributed to them except metaphorically. The paper suggests that Aristotle believes that chance and luck do exist but they usually do not last as long as that which comes naturally.

From the Paper:

"Luck is another word for chance, but it is used for the daily lives of men, instead of how they came to exist. When good luck comes to men, it is called good. When bad luck comes to people, it is called evil. A good example of this is coming into great fortune. It is said that the existence of great fortune is unstable, because like the monster, great fortune is not natural. Happiness is another example of good luck, but an example, which may last."

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Aristotle's "The Physics" (2006, April 20) Retrieved May 31, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Aristotle's "The Physics"" 20 April 2006. Web. 31 May. 2020. <>