Why Does Aristotle Say That There Is No Time without Change?
Coope (Ursula)
Source: Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. 101 (2001), pp. 359-367
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  1. Aristotle famously claims that there is no time without change. Bill Newton-Smith, in his book The Structure of Time, refers to this claim as 'Aristotle's principle'. Sidney Shoemaker begins his article "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Time Without Change" with a discussion of Aristotle's argument for this claim.
  2. But what is Aristotle's argument? Why does he think that there is no time without change? In this paper I shall argue that this is something modern interpreters have misunderstood.

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