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Introduction

Sarah Waterlow

in Passage and Possibility

Published in print June 1982 | ISBN: 9780198246565
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246565.003.0001
Introduction

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An account of Aristotle's logic of metaphysics could only be complete with some attempts to expound on his views on time and modality. The most frustrating puzzles arise over various connections he draws between temporal and spatial concepts. In particular, he subscribes to some form of equivalence between the temporal quantifiers ‘always’ and ‘at some time’, and the modal operators ‘necessarily’ and ‘possibly’. The texts considered the most in this study are De Caello I.12 and De Interpretatione 9.

Keywords: Aristotle; modality; time; truism; temporal quantifiers; modal operators; Hintikka; De Caello; De Interpretatione

Chapter.  5714 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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