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Cosmic Motion And The Speed Of Time

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Aristotle's presentation of certain main challenges to time's reality is central to establishing context and introducing some notions and principles pertinent to his own account of time. His ?moving much in little time' and ?moving little in much time' may have qualitative ring to it; but Aristotle does seem intent, as premise (3) indicates, on conveying some sort of rate even if fuzzily. Even if there is such a thing as the speed of time, accordingly, Aristotle might say that it makes no sense to say anything about its rate other than that it is whatever rate it is, and so just that its contribution to nature's dynamicism is everywhere the same. Arguably, in other words, insofar as there is such a thing as the speed of time as such, Aristotle seems to consider it a feature of time's ubiquitous universality, that it is everywhere and always the same (speed-of-time).

Keywords: Aristotle; nature's dynamicism; speed of time; time's reality

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