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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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Aristotelian Kinematics and Non-Locomotive Kinēseis

Aristotelian Kinematics and Non-Locomotive Kinēseis

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(p.116) 3 Aristotelian Kinematics and Non-Locomotive Kinēseis
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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/9780198239529.003.0003

This chapter proposes the extension of Aristotle's kinematic analysis from the paradigm case of finite, bounded locomotion with definite, distinguishable termini a quo and ad quem to other sorts of kinēseis. The examination looks first at circular or rotary motion as a cosmologically important special case of locomotion, and then at cases of non-kinetic change. Finally, it looks on the kinematic characteristics of qualitative change or alloiōsis. It concludes with a summary of the perceived salient features of the discussion of Aristotle's physical theory.

Keywords:   rotary motion, non-kinetic change, qualitative kinēseis, alloiōsis

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