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Places, Natural Places, and the Power of Place

Benjamin Morison

in On Location

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247912
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247919.003.0002

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

 Places, Natural Places, and the Power of Place

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Motion is the most important type of change. Everything is somewhere, in some sense of ‘somewhere’. The most evident type of change of place is replacement: when one thing replaces another. All motion in nature is a case of replacement or displacement. The four elements (earth, water, air, and fire) all have their own places, known as ‘natural places’ that are referred to in the very definitions of those elements. These natural places exist and are defined independently of us or our orientation.

Keywords: change; displacement; element; motion; natural place; place; replacement; somewhere; where

Chapter.  20634 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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