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Copyright © 2008, S. Marc Cohen Revised 2/5/08 1Aristotle on coming-to-be: Physics Book I The ingredients of change (“coming-to-be”) 1. Contraries In chapter 5, Aristotle argues that change involves contraries. “How could something come to be pale from being musical, unless musical were a coincident of the not-pale or dark thing?” (188a35). The argument seems to be: something that is musical cannot become pale unless it is previously dark, or at least non-pale. That is, suppose that x is musical (at time t1) and that x is pale (at some later time t2). Is this a case of coming-to-be? Not necessarily. For if x is both musical and pale at t1 and ends up being both musical and pale at t2, there has been no change at all. So the relevant fact about the musical thing that makes it a candidate for becoming pale is that it is (also) a non-pale thing. As Aristotle puts it, the musical thing and the non-pale thing must “coincide.” 2. Subject In chapter 6, Aristotle argues that change requires mo...