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Real Temporality In An Aristotelian World

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It may be noteworthy, too, that Aristotle's discussion in this chapter concerning time-as-number's dependence on soul is formally hypothetical. It states what would follow if nothing other than the soul were capable of numerating. Nevertheless, Aristotle is typically presumed to endorse this argument's conclusion; and this presumption seems appropriate and correct in virtue of its context and the flow of Aristotle's discussion. What tends to be overlooked, however, is the highly specific, clearly limited subject matter of this discussion. The present now is the terminus of remembered (past) experience as much as it is the terminus of the past as such. In this respect, too, perhaps we can see how or why for Aristotle the present is not a part of time, a distinct locale or mode of temporality (most evidently in regards to the past, but also in regards to the future).

Keywords: Aristotle; temporality

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