Aristotle: Poetry and the Proper

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223503
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235117 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Aristotle: Poetry and the Proper

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This chapter examines the rhetoric and poetics of Greek philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle seems unaware of the importance of the theory of ratios and proportions, which made possible a theory of infinite magnitudes. Though he understood time as the measure of motion and so as a quantity, he did not think it could stand up as a ratio to any other species of quantity. He assumed that there was not a ratio between the finite and infinite magnitudes, and his analogies were therefore finitistic.

Keywords: Aristotle; rhetoric; poetics; ratio and proportion; infinity theory

Chapter.  5872 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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