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The Continuous and the DiscreteAncient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective$
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Michael J. White

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239529.001.0001

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Introduction to Part I

Introduction to Part I

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(p.3) Introduction to Part I
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The Continuous and the Discrete
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Michael J. White

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239529.003.0010

Part I of this study closely examines both Aristotle's analysis of the physical properties of spatial magnitude, time, and locomotion, and the metaphysical view underlying this analysis. At the heart of Aristotle's metaphysical view is a conception of ‘happening’ — ‘motion’ or process — as a fundamental ontological category. This part of the book looks first to Aristotle's formal structural analysis of physical continua such as spatial magnitude and local motion, and then to the metaphysical underpinnings of his analysis of these continua.

Keywords:   Aristotle, spatial magnitude, locomotion, metaphysics, Aristotelian physics

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