The Introductory Puzzles

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

 The Introductory Puzzles

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Aristotle raises three introductory puzzles (aporiai) about time. The first two are arguments that time cannot be something that is, since it is divisible into the past (which is no longer), and the future (which is not yet). The third puzzle is an argument that the now cannot always be different, but also cannot always be the same. This chapter suggests that Aristotle can answer the first two puzzles by appealing to his view of the way in which time depends upon change. His response to the third puzzle depends upon his view that a now only exists insofar as it is marked out in some way.

Keywords: introductory puzzles; aporiai; past; future; now; same; different; change

Chapter.  6586 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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