Below is my doctoral dissertation. To confirm that it is a meager work, I place as its epigraph here the quotation from Aristotle which should have been included on its first page and which summarizes the thesis of the entire project.

ἔστι δὲ σοφία τις καὶ ἡ φυσική, ἀλλ᾽ οὐ πρώτη.

The philosophy of nature is a kind of wisdom, but it is not the first.

– Aristotle, Metaphysics, IV.3, 1005b1–2

Defended September 9, 2016.

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Committee in Charge (L to R): Dr. Vadim Uritsky, Secretary; Dr. Kevin White, Second Reader; myself; Dr. Jean De Groot, First Reader; Dr. Richard F. Hassing, Director; Dr. Nelson Minnich, Chair