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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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Aristotle: The Formal Analysis of Spatial Magnitude and Locomotion

Aristotle: The Formal Analysis of Spatial Magnitude and Locomotion

(p.7) 1 Aristotle: The Formal Analysis of Spatial Magnitude and Locomotion
The Continuous and the Discrete

Michael J. White

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Aristotle's formal, structural analysis of spatial magnitude and locomotion. It analyses spatial magnitude and motion in terms of their geometrical or topological properties. The first section discusses spatial magnitude. The second section is concerned with the rational kinematics in Aristotle's Physics. The last section of this chapter studies three kinematic mistakes: reversed rectilinear motion, the impossibility of affecting a limited motion in infinite time, and the claim that what is indivisible cannot move ‘in itself’.

Keywords:   spatial magnitude, locomotion, kinematic mistakes, infinite divisibility, local motion, reversed rectilinear motion, rational kinematics

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