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Traditionally, Aristotle is held to believe that philosophical contemplation is valuable for its own sake, but ultimately useless. In this volume, Matthew D. Walker offers a fresh, systematic account of Aristotle's views on contemplation's place in the human good. The book situates Aristotle's views against the background of his wider philosophy, and examines the complete range of available textual evidence (including neglected passages from Aristotle's Protrepticus). On this basis, Walker argues that contemplation also benefits humans as perishable living organisms by actively guiding human life activity, including human self-maintenance. Aristotle's views on contemplation's place in the human good thus cohere with his broader thinking about how living organisms live well. A novel exploration of Aristotle's views on theory and practice, this volume will interest scholars and students of both ancient Greek ethics and natural philosophy. It will also appeal to those working in other disciplines including classics, ethics, and political theory.
The identification of modes of oscillation is an important first step towards the seismology of stars. Low- and high-degree nonradial modes of oscillation may appear as variations in the line profiles of rapidly rotating δ Scuti stars. We present a technique whereby complex patterns in the line profiles are decomposed into Fourier components in both time and “Doppler space”. The technique is applied to the 7.3-hour time series of high-resolution data obtained from CFHT for the δ Scuti star τ Peg. In addition to the low-degree mode which has been identified in photometric studies (Breger 1991), we find evidence for at least three high-degree modes near 11 and 15. Correcting for the rotation of the star, most of these modes appear to oscillate with frequencies near 17 cycles day-1. Our results are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical limits imposed on the frequencies of oscillation by the models of Dziembowski (1990).