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Aristotle's Theory of Bodies

Christian Pfeiffer


Aristotle’s conception of body at the heart of this study is the notion of a three‐dimensionally extended and continuous magnitude bounded by surfaces. This notion is distinct from the notion of a physical substance. Substances have bodies: they are extended, their parts are continuous with each other, and they have boundaries which demarcate them from their surroundings. It is argued that body has a pivotal role in Aristotle’s natural philosophy. A theory of bodies can be compared to Aristotle’s account of central concepts for natural science, such as motion, place, and time which are discuss ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, body, boundary, contact, continuity, extension, magnitude, mathematics, mereotopology, natural science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Pfeiffer, author
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München