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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 II

Introduction to Part II

(p.191) Introduction to Part II
The Continuous and the Discrete

Michael J. White

Oxford University Press

Part II investigates two Hellenistic models of spatial magnitude, time, and motion — models that can be seen as conceptual alternatives to the Aristotelian model considered in some detail in Part I. One such model is the atomistic or quantum model, associated not only with Epicurean atomists but also with the dialectical philosopher Diodorus Cronus. The other alternative model is Stoic in provenance and involves the elimination of geometrical boundaries and other limit entities from the physical world.

Keywords:   quantum model, Stoic model, Cronus, geometrical boundaries, Hellenistic models, Epicurean thought

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