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FT-54872-07

John Francis Bowin
University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077)

The Philosophical Uses of the Concept of Potentiality in Aristotle and his Commentators

I propose to revise and substantially expand my doctoral dissertation into a book, entitled "The Philosophical Uses of the Concept of Potentiality in Aristotle and his Commentators." I am now working on three papers for publication, based on the material in my dissertation. They consist of (1) A paper arguing that Aristotle's concept of potentiality can form a non-circular basis for the arrow of time; (2) a paper which brings out certain neglected features of Aristotle’s view of potential infinity; (3) a paper on persistence through change, which develops a neglected puzzle about motion in Aristotle's Physics. The book will take up a common theme in these papers and analyze its development in the hands of Aristotle’s later commentators.

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 9/30/2007