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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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A Note on Aristotle's Account of Place

A Note on Aristotle's Account of Place

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(p.128) 8 A Note on Aristotle's Account of Place
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Space, Time, Matter, and Form
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David Bostock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286868.003.0008

This brief note discusses a thesis due to Ben Morison: that Aristotle’s account of place can be rescued from the usual objections by accepting his claim that the universe as a whole is at rest, and taking the relevant ‘surrounding body’ always to be the universe as a whole. It is argued that this defence does not work because the relevant body that Aristotle believes to be at rest is the earth, which is not (usually) a ‘surrounding’ body, but which should have played a crucial role in his account of place.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Physics, place, motion, rest

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