Being in

Benjamin Morison

in On Location

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247912
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598067 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

 Being in

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Something is said to be in a place, and so its place is one of the things in which it is. If x is in y, then y contains x. Something may contain something else either derivatively, or in its own right. I am in the universe derivatively, because there is something else in which I am, namely the air, such that anything in the air is in the universe, but not vice versa. The air is one of my broad places. There is a place in which I am, such that I am the only thing in that place: this is my proper place. There are many different ways of being in something: containment is only one of them, but it is the central way in which something is in something else.

Keywords: broad place; container; containment; containment in its own right; derivative containment; in; place; proper place

Chapter.  12753 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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