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Passage and Possibility: A Study of Aristotle's Modal Concepts

Sarah Waterlow


This book attempts to expound on Aristotle's views on time and modality. The term ‘attempt’ is used because on either subject Aristotle's thoughts are amongst his least accessible. In the relevant passages we face obscurities of language and occasional dubieties of text. But the main difficulties lie not with these. Often enough the words are clear, yet their import continues to evade systematic philosophical comprehension. To some extent this is true even when Aristotle is considering time and modality as separate topics. But perhaps the most frustrating puzzles arise over various connections ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, modality, De Gaela, De Interpretatione, Professor J. Hintikka, necessity, possibility, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1982 Print ISBN-13: 9780198246565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Waterlow, author