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Aristotle, Metaphysics Θ.8, 1050b6-28

Abstract:
The standard interpretation of this passage sees Aristotle as claiming that if a thing is F eternally, its being F is not the exercise of any potentiality to be F, and as explicitly applying this claim to the heavenly bodies. This interpretation faces a number of difficulties: I shall offer a different reading which avoids these, and which brings out interesting connections between this passage and some arguments in Λ.6-7.
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In press
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers Publisher's website
Journal:
Phronesis Journal website
EISSN:
1568-5284
ISSN:
0031-8868
URN:
uuid:b7119c07-0a45-4915-8588-37a4bd4cdc63
Source identifiers:
580127
Local pid:
pubs:580127

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