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Ancient Relativity: Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, and Sceptics

Matthew Duncombe


Relativity is the phenomenon that things relate to things: parents to their offspring; doubles to halves; larger things to smaller things. This book is about how ancient philosophers, particularly Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Sextus Empiricus, understood this phenomenon and how their theories of relativity affected, and were affected by, their broader philosophical outlooks. Many scholars have thought that ancient thinkers were either fundamentally confused about the phenomenon of relativity, or held a view that is a trivial variation on a modern view. This book argues that neither is the ... More

Keywords: relativity, relations, relatives, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Sextus Empiricus, Scepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Duncombe, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham