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Plotinus’ Critique Of Aristotelian Motion

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Plotinus observes that it is difficult for us not to think of eternity in some sort of temporal, or quasi-temporal, terms - for example, as something which just can never (at no time) change, or as something which has no past or future but in the sense that it always and forever just is (and so never is not). To be sure, like a point or an Aristotelian now, eternity's immeasurability may be characterized as an indivisibility of sorts, inasmuch as anything measurable must be divisible and vice versa. Accordingly, Plotinus' earlier insistence that intelligibly real existents are indivisible is partly a way of positing that they are not measurable. Still, Plotinus' approach holds that the salient issue does not concern when a motion begins (or ends); but just whether a motion begins (or ends) - which it indeed does just in case there is an unimpeded, sufficient cause of its doing so.

Keywords: Aristotelian; Plotinus



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