Aristotle on the Unity of Change: Five Reductio Arguments in Physics viii 8

Ancient Philosophy 30 (2):319-345 (2010)
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This paper examines five indirect proofs in Physics 8.8 and argues that four of them can be understood as attacks on the assumption, implicit in Zeno’s dichotomy paradox, that what we choose to call ‘one change’ is essentially arbitrary. In doing so, I will argue against the claim that one of these proofs is primarily intended to shore up Aristotle’s theory of change in the face of the dichotomy paradox by ‘refining’ the criteria for being ‘one change’, as well as acquit Aristotle of a major philosophical mistake in this proof that has generally been thought to vitiate his response to Zeno.
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