Chapter

Being in Time

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/10.1093/0199247900.003.0010

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 Being in Time

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Aristotle believes that some things are not in time; that the things that are in time are all and only those things that last for a finite length of time. This raises a puzzle. Everlasting things are (on this view) not in time. However, Aristotle thinks that some of the things that last forever move. This chapter presents a solution to this puzzle. It argues that everlasting movements are part of the temporal order: they have parts that are simultaneous with, or before or after, other changes. However, there is a sense in which things that last forever are not in time. Time does not cause them to grow older or decay. Aristotle’s view of being in time is compared to a view that can be found in Plato. The sense in which (on Aristotle’s account) time is a cause is explained.

Keywords: being in time; everlasting movements; everlasting things; Plato; cause; decay; growing older

Chapter.  7881 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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