Ancient Philosophy 39 (2):335-361 (2019)

Arnold Brooks
University of Chicago
In Physics 4.11, Aristotle says that changes are continuous because magnitude is continuous. I suggest that this is not Aristotle’s considered view, and that in Generation and Corruption 2.10 Aristotle argues that this leads to the unacceptable consequence that alterations can occur discontinuously. Physics 6.4 was written to amend this theory, and to argue that changes are continuous because changing bodies are so. I also discuss the question of Aristotle’s consistency on the possibility of discontinuous alterations, such as freezing.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Time  Change  Aristotle
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil201939222
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