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Space, Time, Matter, and FormEssays on Aristotle's Physics$
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David Bostock

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286868.001.0001

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Aristotle on Continuity in Physics VI

Aristotle on Continuity in Physics VI

(p.158) 10 Aristotle on Continuity in Physics VI
Space, Time, Matter, and Form

David Bostock

Oxford University Press

This essay discusses almost all of Aristotle’s claims in Physics VI, highlighting some virtues in his discussion as well as inadequacies or plain mistakes. In some cases, Aristotle’s mistakes may be put down to his imperfect grasp of the notion of infinity. But in most cases, they are due to the fact that in this book of the Physics, he is trying to argue against all forms of atomism, i.e., against atoms of space, time, movement, and atoms of matter. However, his arguments on this head are never conclusive.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Physics, continuity of space, continuity of time, continuity of motion, points, atomism

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