Aristotle on the Mechanism of Inheritance

  title={Aristotle on the Mechanism of Inheritance},
  author={Devin Henry},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • Devin Henry
  • Published 26 July 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Biology
In this paper I address an important question in Aristotle’s biology, What are the causal mechanisms behind the transmission of biological form? Aristotle’s answer to this question, I argue, is found in Generation of Animals Book 4 in connection with his investigation into the phenomenon of inheritance. There we are told that an organism’s reproductive material contains a set of “movements'' which are derived from the various “potentials'' of its nature (the internal principle of change that… 

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