Being in Place

Rebecca Hill

in The Interval

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823237241
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240708 | DOI:
Being in Place

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This chapter is a close reading of Aristotle's treatise on place (topos), Physics IV 1–5. It is argued that Aristotle, albeit briefly, and without apparently assimilating the implications of the manoeuvre for his doctrine of substance, affirms that place is the ground of thinking. He defines place as a sensible relation that is irreducible to mathematical calculation. Aristotle argues that this sensible relation is not an interval (diastêma) but an immobile limit (peras) between two bodies. It is argued that his affirmation of this relation as foundational is crucial to thinking about difference because it underlines the inextricability of the sensible from a thinking of the interval and anticipates the grounding status of Irigaray's contention that place is an interval (l'intervalle).

Keywords: Aristotle; Irigaray; place; limit; interval; substance

Chapter.  6893 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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