Chapter

The Before and After

Ursula Coope

in Time for Aristotle

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199247905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247900.003.0005

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 The Before and After

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This chapter explains Aristotle’s notions of the before and after in time, in change, and in place. Aristotle says that the before and after is first of all in place; the before and after in change depends in some way on the before and after in place, and the before and after in time depends on the before and after in change. It argues that the before and after in change depends on the before and after in place because of an analogy between change and magnitude, whereas the before and after in time depends on the before and after in change in a different way (that stems from the fact that time follows change). This provides an answer to the objection (made by philosophers such as Owen) that Aristotle’s account of the before and after in time is circular.

Keywords: before and after; Owen; change; magnitude; time analogy

Chapter.  10405 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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