Chapter 16. Aristotle on the Infinite, Space, and Time

  1. Georgios Anagnostopoulos Professor
  1. Michael J. White Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch16

A Companion to Aristotle

A Companion to Aristotle

How to Cite

White, M. J. (2009) Aristotle on the Infinite, Space, and Time, in A Companion to Aristotle (ed G. Anagnostopoulos), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305661.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Author Information

  1. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122238

Online ISBN: 9781444305661



  • Aristotle on the Infinite (to apeiron) - from cosmological principle to mathematical operation;
  • Aristotle on space - magnitude (megethos) and place (topos);
  • Aristotle on time - number of motion and “ever-rolling Stream”;
  • infinite, space, and time;
  • Aristotle's analysis - influenced by developing geometry of his day


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Aristotle on the Infinite (to apeiron): From Cosmological Principle to Mathematical Operation

  • Aristotle on Space: Magnitude (megethos) and Place (topos)

  • Aristotle on Time: The “Number of Motion” and “Ever-rolling Stream”

  • Bibliography