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Time

Stephen R.L. Clark

in Aristotle's Man

Published in print May 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245162
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245162.003.0008
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This chapter evaluates Aristotle's approach to time. It then reviews his account of temporal change and provides at least some prima facie reasons for thinking this reasonable. Aristotle gives an operationalist account of time, such that change is an unanalysable datum. The world cannot be reduced to the static form common in dimensionalist theories of time. The temporal metric is no more than an abstraction from the experience of changefulness. This view is related to various other cosmological doctrines, particularly the indeterminacy of the future. Only such a theory can accommodate organic entities that can fail of their completion.

Keywords: Aristotle; time; dimensionalist theories; temporal change; changefulness; abstraction

Chapter.  7019 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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