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Aristotle on Time: A Study of the Physics (Paperback)
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Aristotle on Time: A Study of the Physics (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 11/07/2013
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Aristotle's definition of time as 'a number of motion with respect to the before and after' has been branded as patently circular by commentators ranging from Simplicius to W. D. Ross. In this book Tony Roark presents an interpretation of the definition that renders it not only non-circular, but also worthy of serious philosophical scrutiny. He shows how Aristotle developed an account of the nature of time that is inspired by Plato while also thoroughly bound up with Aristotle's sophisticated analyses of motion and perception. When Aristotle's view is properly understood, Roark argues, it is immune to devastating objections against the possibility of temporal passage articulated by McTaggart and other 20th-century philosophers. Roark's novel and fascinating interpretation of Aristotle's temporal theory will appeal to those interested in Aristotle, ancient philosophy and the philosophy of time.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107678781
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


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'Tony Roark's Aristotle on Time is an excellent book - resourceful, powerfully argued, and pleasing to read. The hylomorphic analysis of time it defends is new and challenging. Everyone interested in Aristotle's theoretical philosophy - indeed, everyone interested in the metaphysics of time - should read it.' C. D. C. Reeve, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
'Aristotle on Time is an insightful work from which readers will certainly take away something valuable. Indeed, Roark has done a marked service by giving new life to a classical (even if forgotten) interpretation of Aristotle.' Jon McGinnis, Philosophy in Review
'The progression of the argument is careful and logical, the depth and breadth of Roark's analysis is courageous and penetrating, and some tracts of the argument are deliciously incisive.' The Muse
"Tony Roark's Aristotle on Time is an excellent book-resourceful, powerfully argued, and pleasing to read. The hylomorphic analysis of time it defends is new and challenging. Everyone interested in Aristotle's theoretical philosophy-indeed, everyone interested in the metaphysics of time-should read it." --C.D.C. Reeve, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"...The great strength of Roark's book is its nuanced attentiveness to the way Aristotle did philosophy: Roark does not employ hylomorphism merely as a heuristic device, asking us to imagine time, analogically, as though it were a combination of matter and form. Rather, he elegantly shows that time, for Aristotle, like individual substances, really is "a variety of hylomorphic compound" (1)... the book teems with an impressive array of textual engagement..." --Julie E. Ponesse, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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