Potentiality and Actuality of the Infinite: A Misunderstood Passage in Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Θ.6, 1048b14-17)

Potentiality and Actuality of the Infinite: A Misunderstood Passage in Aristotle’s Metaphysics... In Metaphysics Θ.6, 1048b14-17, Aristotle treats the problem of what it is for the infinite to exist potentially, i.e. to be potentially actual. According to my interpretation, Aristotle argues that to exist potentially is for the infinite to have a potentiality which cannot be actualized in reality but only in thought, because it is a potentiality the process of whose actualization cannot be brought to an end. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Phronesis Brill

Potentiality and Actuality of the Infinite: A Misunderstood Passage in Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Θ.6, 1048b14-17)

Phronesis , Volume 62 (2): 16 – Mar 28, 2017

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In Metaphysics Θ.6, 1048b14-17, Aristotle treats the problem of what it is for the infinite to exist potentially, i.e. to be potentially actual. According to my interpretation, Aristotle argues that to exist potentially is for the infinite to have a potentiality which cannot be actualized in reality but only in thought, because it is a potentiality the process of whose actualization cannot be brought to an end.

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Published: Mar 28, 2017

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