Ursula Coope

in Time for Aristotle

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199247905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603082 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series


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As a preliminary to Aristotle’s account of time, it is necessary to understand his views on change and on indivisibles. He has an account of change (in terms of actuality and potentiality) that makes no reference to time. His view of indivisibles is important because he thinks that the now is indivisible. It is argued that, according to his view, an indivisible is a boundary of, or potential division in, some continuum. An indivisible is, then, ontologically dependent on the continuum that it (potentially) divides.

Keywords: change; now; continuum; indivisible; potential division

Chapter.  6124 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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