Zeno's Paradox of Place

Benjamin Morison

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

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies

 Zeno's Paradox of Place

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Eudemus and Alexander of Aphrodisias provide valuable evidence for the reconstruction of what Zeno's paradox of place is. Everything is somewhere: so places are in a place, which is in turn in a place, etc.; this generates an infinite regression. Aristotle thinks this infinite regression deprives us of the possibility of saying where something is, or answering where‐questions properly. He solves the paradox by giving different senses to the word ‘somewhere’.

Keywords: Alexander of Aphrodisias; Eudemus; infinite regression; paradox; place; somewhere; where; where‐questions; Zeno

Chapter.  9364 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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