Time and the Soul

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

 Time and the Soul

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At the end of his account, Aristotle raises a puzzle about whether or not there could be time if there were no ensouled beings. It is argued that his answer to this puzzle is that time depends upon the soul in a way in which change does not. Aristotle puts this by saying that if there were no souls, there could not be time, but there might perhaps be change. This chapter explains why Aristotle’s definition of time leads him to this conclusion. It contends that he views time as essentially countable, and because of this, could not exist in the absence of beings able to count. Moreover, Aristotle’s view implies, that time is not just essentially countable but also essentially counted. Because of the way in which time is a number, it can only be countable if it is in fact counted.

Keywords: soul; change countable; colours; number

Chapter.  6215 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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