Time for Aristotle: Physics IV. 10-14

Paperback | June 11, 2008

byUrsula Coope

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What is the relation between time and change? Does time depend on the mind? Is the present always the same or is it always different? Aristotle tackles these questions in the Physics, and Time for Aristotle is the first book in English devoted to this discussion.Aristotle claims that time is not a kind of change, but that it is something dependent on change; he defines it as a kind of 'number of change'. Ursula Coope argues that what this means is that time is a kind of order (not, as is commonly supposed, a kind of measure). It is universal order withinwhich all changes are related to each other. This interpretation enables Coope to explain two puzzling claims that Aristotle makes: that the now is like a moving thing, and that time depends for its existence on the mind. Brilliantly lucid in its explanation of this challenging section of thePhysics, Time for Aristotle shows his discussion to be of enduring philosophical interest.

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What is the relation between time and change? Does time depend on the mind? Is the present always the same or is it always different? Aristotle tackles these questions in the Physics, and Time for Aristotle is the first book in English devoted to this discussion.Aristotle claims that time is not a kind of change, but that it is somethi...

Ursula Coope is a Tutorial Fellow in Ancient Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:June 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556709

ISBN - 13:9780199556700

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Introductory puzzles and the starting points of inquiry1. The introductory puzzles2. Time is not change but something of changeII. Time's dependence on change3. Time follows change and change follows magnitude4. The before and afterIII. Time as a number and time as a measure5. The definition of time as a kind of number6. Time as a measure of changeIV. The sameness and difference of times and nows7. All simultaneous time is the same8. The sameness of earlier and later times and nowsV. Two consequences of Aristotle's account of time9. Being in time10. Time and the soulAppendix: the expression ho pote on X estiBibliographyIndex