Aristotelian Kinematics and Non-Locomotive <i>Kinēseis</i>

Michael J. White

in The Continuous and the Discrete

Published in print April 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239529
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679940 | DOI:
Aristotelian Kinematics and Non-Locomotive Kinēseis

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This chapter proposes the extension of Aristotle's kinematic analysis from the paradigm case of finite, bounded locomotion with definite, distinguishable termini a quo and ad quem to other sorts of kinēseis. The examination looks first at circular or rotary motion as a cosmologically important special case of locomotion, and then at cases of non-kinetic change. Finally, it looks on the kinematic characteristics of qualitative change or alloiōsis. It concludes with a summary of the perceived salient features of the discussion of Aristotle's physical theory.

Keywords: rotary motion; non-kinetic change; qualitative kinēseis; alloiōsis

Chapter.  7264 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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