Aristotle: The Formal Analysis of Spatial Magnitude and Locomotion

Michael J. White

in The Continuous and the Discrete

Published in print April 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239529
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679940 | DOI:
Aristotle: The Formal Analysis of Spatial Magnitude and Locomotion

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This chapter focuses on Aristotle's formal, structural analysis of spatial magnitude and locomotion. It analyses spatial magnitude and motion in terms of their geometrical or topological properties. The first section discusses spatial magnitude. The second section is concerned with the rational kinematics in Aristotle's Physics. The last section of this chapter studies three kinematic mistakes: reversed rectilinear motion, the impossibility of affecting a limited motion in infinite time, and the claim that what is indivisible cannot move ‘in itself’.

Keywords: spatial magnitude; locomotion; kinematic mistakes; infinite divisibility; local motion; reversed rectilinear motion; rational kinematics

Chapter.  29193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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