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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Aristotle’s Account of Measurement

20th February 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews, UK)


This paper analyses Aristotle’s account of measurement and shows how it allows him to react to problems with determining the quantity of a motion, as they arose from Zeno’s dichotomy paradox. Dr Barbara Sattler tries to demonstrate that Aristotle uses a very powerful notion of measurement against Zeno in his Physics, but that he in fact defines the concept of measurement in a much weaker way. The reasons for this weaker definition,she argues, are on the one hand constraints from the mathematics of Aristotle’s time and on the other hand from Aristotle’s metaphysics.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.