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Aristotle on Continuity in <i>Physics</i> VI

David Bostock

in Space, Time, Matter, and Form

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199286867
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603532 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286868.003.0010

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

 Aristotle on Continuity in Physics VI

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This essay discusses almost all of Aristotle’s claims in Physics VI, highlighting some virtues in his discussion as well as inadequacies or plain mistakes. In some cases, Aristotle’s mistakes may be put down to his imperfect grasp of the notion of infinity. But in most cases, they are due to the fact that in this book of the Physics, he is trying to argue against all forms of atomism, i.e., against atoms of space, time, movement, and atoms of matter. However, his arguments on this head are never conclusive.

Keywords: Aristotle; Physics; continuity of space; continuity of time; continuity of motion; points; atomism

Chapter.  18143 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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