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dc.contributor.authorTurner, Andrew J
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T01:59:39Z
dc.date.available2015-08-12T01:59:39Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationTurner, A., 2015. Aristotle, potential and actual, conflicts. In: M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis and M. Palaktsoglou (eds.) "Reading, interpreting, experiencing: an inter-cultural journey into Greek letters". Modern Greek Studies Association of New Zealand, 62-72.en
dc.identifier.issn1039-2831
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/35506
dc.description.abstractIn The Metaphysics Book Theta, Chapter four, Aristotle claims that to state that “some X is possible but X will never be” is a mistake. In effect, he collapses the possible into the actual. This view conflicts with the existence of dispositions which I argue exist, as they are indispensable to science. In Theta Chapter three, Aristotle sets out a test of possibility whereby we assume that some entity exists and then see if an impossibility ensues. I apply this test to Aristotle’s theory and show that it entails the impossibility of dispositions. Given the clear existence of dispositions, Aristotle’s conflation of the possible with the actual fails his own test of possibility and must be wrong.en
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dc.publisherModern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealanden
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Modern Greek Studies;Special Issueen
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dc.subjectGreek studiesen
dc.subjectAristotleen
dc.subjectPhilosophyen
dc.titleAristotle, potential and actual, conflictsen
dc.typeArticleen
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