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Aristotles thoughts on Zenos Arrow Argument as represented in Chapter 9 of Aristotles Physics A Guided Study can be understood in such a way that it might not be next door to madness In this chapter Aristotle interprets Zenos argument of the Flying Arrow as missing the mark There are four premises for this argument and in Aristotles opinion premise three can be rejected He does not believe that time is composed of indivisible nows which he proves with laws of science However by evaluating the falsity of premise three you will find that premises one and two are also false Almost all opinions can be argued however and by evaluating the philosophy of both men many points can be reached about the validity and soundness of the argument Though by finding the premises false the argument is not sound and therefore Zenos argument leaves much to be said Deciphering from what we know of the argument by what Aristotle tells us in Chapter 9 the premises are sketched out 1 Everything is at rest when at a place equal to it 2 The Flying arrow is at rest when at a place equal to it 3 Time is composed of indivisible nows instants 4 Everything that changes place is doing so in the now 5 Conclusion The flying arrow doesnt move According to Zeno time is composed of many indivisible nows or instants Aristotle disagrees stating in line 210 that no magnitude including time is composed of indivisible nows Exactly how long is an instant Is time finite As you start dividing time the smaller you get the less movement occurs But even when you do divide it smaller and smaller is there not at least some small amount of movement occurring When will time get so small that movement does not occur This is Aristotles reasoning that time will never get to a smallest point as length will
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