Aristotle and Linearity in Substance, Measure, and Motion

Axiomathes:1-25 (forthcoming)
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The model of a closed linear measure space, which can be used to model Aristotle’s treatment of motion (kinesis), can be analogically extended to the qualitative ‘spaces’ implied by his theory of contraries in Physics I and in Metaphysics Iota, and to the dimensionless ‘space’ of the unity of matter and form discussed in book Eta of the Metaphysics. By examining Aristotle’s remarks on contraries, the subject of change, continuity, and the unity of matter and form, Aristotle’s thoughts on motion, on contraries, and on the unity of substance can be brought together under a single interpretive framework, which can provide an approach to interpreting his ontology.

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Paul Taborsky
Centennial College


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