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On Location: Aristotle's Concept of Place

Benjamin Morison

Abstract

Aims to explain as carefully as possible Aristotle's account of place given in the Physics, Book IV, Chs. 1‐5. Also aims to rehabilitate it as a piece of philosophy, after many centuries of its being dismissed as inadequate. Discusses the importance of the concept of place to natural philosophy, including the role of so‐called ‘natural’ places in the explanation of the natural motion of the elements. Offers a full reconstruction and interpretation of Zeno's paradox of place, which Aristotle took to be a crucial challenge to the coherence of the notion of place, as well as an assessment of Aris ... More

Keywords: being in something, limit, natural place, place, proper place, somewhere, space, universe, where‐questions, Zeno's paradox of place

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199247919.001.0001

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Benjamin Morison, author
Michael Cohen Fellow in Philosophy, Exeter College, Oxford
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