On Location: Aristotles Concept of Place

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

byBenjamin Morison

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On Location is the first book in English exclusively devoted to a highly significant doctrine in the history of philosophy and science--Aristotle's account of place in the Physics. The central question which Aristotle aims to answer is: What is it for something to be somewhere? Ben Morisonexamines how Aristotle works from simple observations about replacement to a definition of the notion of the place of a body--the inner limit of that body's surroundings. This definition lies at the heart of what we say about places, for instance when we say that we cannot be in two places at once,or that two bodies cannot be in the same place at the same time. Morison also assesses Aristotle's brilliant, though often obscure, criticisms of rival theories. This authoritative exposition and defence of Aristotle's account of place not only allows it to be properly understood in the wider context of the Physics, but also demonstrates that it is of enduring philosophical interest and value.

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On Location is the first book in English exclusively devoted to a highly significant doctrine in the history of philosophy and science--Aristotle's account of place in the Physics. The central question which Aristotle aims to answer is: What is it for something to be somewhere? Ben Morisonexamines how Aristotle works from simple obse...

Benjamin Morison is a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Exeter College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.6 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247919

ISBN - 13:9780199247912

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Places, Natural Places, and the Power of Place2. Being In3. Zeno's Paradox of Place4. Three Possibilities for Place: Matter, Form, and Space5. Aristotle's Concept of PlaceBibliography, Index

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`Benjamin Morison's admirably clear and comprehensive monograph offers the untutored reader an excellent entry into such questions. Morison is well-schooled in both the interpretative literature on Aristotle's theory and the analytic literature on place and related concepts, and anyone who isnot quite up to speed either on how to read Physics IV, 1-5 or on how to assess the philosophical worth of the theory articulated there will find in this book a self-contained and relatively painless crash course.'Mohan Matthen, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews