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Parmenidean Time And The Impossible Now

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Aristotle's principal investigation into the nature and reality of time occupies Book IV of his Physics. This chapter divides Aristotle's investigation of time into three main phases. The first phase introduces the problem of time's reality from Aristotle's perspective. More precisely, Aristotle presents certain reasons or arguments for why philosophers (in his classical Greek context) might doubt (or even outright deny) time's reality. The second phase of Aristotle's investigation states and critiques some accounts of time's nature and reality proffered by other philosophers of his day. Finally, the third phase of Aristotle's investigation develops what the author shall characterize as his own "positive account" of time's nature and reality. It is significant, moreover, that Aristotle's principal investigation of time occurs in Book IV of his Physics.

Keywords: Aristotle; Book IV; Physics; time's nature; time's reality



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