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"Ursula Coope provides an exemplary model of one kind of interpretative method."--Thomas Kiefer, Ancient Philosophy


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Ursula Coope is at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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  • Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies
  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199247900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199247905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,502,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Time for Aristotle by Ursula Coope (Oxford Aristotle Studies: Oxford University Press) What is the relation between time and change? Does time depend on the mind? Is the present always the same or is it always different? Aristotle tackles these questions in the Physics. In the first book in English exclusively devoted to this discussion, Ursula Coope argues that Aristotle sees time as a universal order within which all changes are related to each other. This interpretation enables her to explain two striking Aristotelian claims: that the now is like a moving thing, and that time depends for its existence on the mind.

Aristotle claims that time is not a kind of change, but that it is something dependent upon change; he defines it as a kind of number of change. The author argues that what this means is that time is a kind of order (not, as is commonly supposed, a kind of measure). It is a universal order within which all changes are related to each other. This interpretation and enables Coope to explain to puzzling claims that Aristotle makes: that for now is like a moving thing, and that time depends for its existence upon the mind. Time for Aristotle is a lucid discussion of one of the more perennial fascinating sections of Aristotle's Physics.

For Aristotle all living things have their natures in Aristotle's discussion of the natural things, in his Physics III & IV, he discusses the nature of these natures for Aristotle there are four simple bodies: which correspond to our currently conceived for states of matter: earth, air, fire, and water, each of which has a natural tendency to occupy a particular place in the universe. For Aristotle the earth is at the center, then in concentric circles water, air, and fire.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Per Baadnes on October 28, 2013
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I would like to recommend this small book to eveybody interested in the (perpetual) debate on Aristotle's consept of time (and movement). This book is one approach to the ever upcoming problem: What is really Time?
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Burns on April 17, 2011
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Only two comments for reviewer Nagy, but they are substantial and show the weakness of an understanding of Aristotle. (1) Contrary to Nagy's assertion, time is not an "order" for Aristotle. It is a "number" with respect to before and after. (2) Sense nature is not for Aristotle, contrary to what Nagy says, a source of change. Nature is. Big difference. Large, in fact.

Enough said. One difficulty with readers today is that they have not taken the years required to comprehend the genius which Aristotle is. This generation has no such individual as Aristotle who even approximates a genius ten-times removed from Arsitotle, much less five times.

A pity.
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