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Barbara Michaela Sattler
University of St. Andrews
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This paper has two main goals: first, it reconstructs Aristotle’s account of measurement in his Metaphysics and shows how it connects to modern notions of measurement. Second, it demonstrates that Aristotle’s notion of measurement only works for simple measures, but leads him into a dilemma once it comes to measuring complex phenomena, like mo-tion, where two or more different aspects, such as time and space, have to be taken into account. This is shown with the help of Aristotle’s reaction to one of the problems Zeno’s dichotomy paradox raises: Aristotle implicitly employs a complex measure of motion when solving this problem, while he explicitly characterizes the measure of motion as a simple measure in his Physics.
Keywords Aristotle  measurement  Zeno
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Aristotle, Number, and Time.J. Annas - 1975 - The Philosophical Quarterly 25 (99):97-113.
The Notion of Continuity in Parmenides.Barbara Michaela Sattler - 2019 - Philosophical Inquiry 43 (1):40-53.

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