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On Generation and Corruption ("Ancient Greek: Περὶ γενέσεως καὶ φθορᾶς, "Latin: De Generatione et Corruptione), also known as On Coming to Be and Passing Away) is a treatise by "Aristotle. Like many of his texts, it is both scientific, part of "Aristotle's biology, and philosophic. The philosophy is essentially "empirical; as in "all of Aristotle's works, the deductions made about the unexperienced and unobservable are based on observations and real experiences.

The question raised at the beginning of the text builds on an idea from Aristotle's earlier work "The Physics. Namely, whether things come into being through causes, through some prime material, or whether everything is generated purely through "alteration."

Alteration concerned itself with the ability for elements to change based on common and uncommon qualities.

From this important work Aristotle gives us two of his most remembered contributions. First, the "Four Causes and also the "Four Elements (earth, wind, fire and water). He uses these four elements to provide an explanation for the theories of other Greeks concerning "atoms, an idea Aristotle considered absurd.

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