Three Possibilities for Place: Matter, Form, and Space

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

 Three Possibilities for Place: Matter, Form, and Space

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Because something's proper place is the first thing that surrounds it, one might think that something's place is its outer boundary, i.e. its shape or form. Equally, some philosophers have thought that places are extended and the same size as their occupants, which suggests that something's place is its extension or matter: Plato argued this in the Timaeus. Finally, one might think that the interval occupied by something (but existing separately from it) is also its place––this is close to what we call ‘space’. Aristotle argues that on this theory, there are an infinite number of overlapping places.

Keywords: form; interval; matter; Place; Plato; space; Timaeus

Chapter.  14331 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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