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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of the book The Enigmatic Reality of Time: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Today. There are two primary senses in which time may prove to be unreal. Perhaps the term ?time' simply does not in fact denote anything. Alternatively, what the term ?time' in fact denotes may not be time. Explaining these two primary senses in which time could be unreal - exploring their meanings, and their implications for the nature of time - is the principal topic of Part I of this book. Part II looks in detail at Aristotle's investigation of time in Book IV and part of Book VI of his Physics. A principal thesis of Part II is that Aristotle intends his account of time to comport with this latter alternative. Aristotle maintains that time is neither entirely real nor entirely unreal, but real in some intermediate sort of way.

Keywords: Aristotle; Book IV; Physics; Plotinus; time



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