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Unmoved Mover
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For Aristotle the unmoved mover is the primal origin (Origins) and ground of the movement of everything that exists (Phys. VIII 5–9; Metaph. XII 6–10; Being). It is itself unmoved, inasmuch as it is not moved by anything else. It does not persist in inactivity, however, but sets other things in motion. Aristotle describes the movement initiated by the unmoved mover as circular and uniform movement, belonging to the type of ἐνέργεια/enérgeia, and explains it as the thinking of a mind thinking of itself (Metaph. XII 9, 1074b, 34–35). He calls the unmoved mover mind (νοῦς/noús…

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Rese, Friederike, “Unmoved Mover”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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