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Aristotle's ManSpeculations upon Aristotelian Anthropology$
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Stephen R.L. Clark

Print publication date: 1975

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245162.001.0001

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(p.114) IV.1. Time
Aristotle's Man

Stephen R.L. Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates Aristotle's approach to time. It then reviews his account of temporal change and provides at least some prima facie reasons for thinking this reasonable. Aristotle gives an operationalist account of time, such that change is an unanalysable datum. The world cannot be reduced to the static form common in dimensionalist theories of time. The temporal metric is no more than an abstraction from the experience of changefulness. This view is related to various other cosmological doctrines, particularly the indeterminacy of the future. Only such a theory can accommodate organic entities that can fail of their completion.

Keywords:   Aristotle, time, dimensionalist theories, temporal change, changefulness, abstraction

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