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Space, Time, Matter, and FormEssays on Aristotle's Physics$
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David Bostock

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286868.001.0001

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Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3

Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3

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(p.103) 6 Aristotle on the Eleatics in Physics I. 2–3
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Space, Time, Matter, and Form
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David Bostock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286868.003.0006

This essay argues that despite initial appearances, one can make good sense of Aristotle’s objections to Melissus (186a10-22), and one can find a comprehensible line of argument in the objections to Parmenides that follow (186a22-b12). However, the final section of chapter 3, i.e. 186b12-187a11, remains obscure. It evidently refers to an argument of Zeno’s, but it is unclear how the discussion is supposed to be relevant to that argument. A conjecture is offered, but without much confidence.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Physics, Eleatics, Parmenides, Melissus, Zeno

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