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Charles P. Bigger

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223503

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223503.001.0001

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Aristotle: Poetry and the Proper

Aristotle: Poetry and the Proper

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(p.208) 7 Aristotle: Poetry and the Proper
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Between Chora and the Good
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Charles P. Bigger

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823223503.003.0008

This chapter examines the rhetoric and poetics of Greek philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle seems unaware of the importance of the theory of ratios and proportions, which made possible a theory of infinite magnitudes. Though he understood time as the measure of motion and so as a quantity, he did not think it could stand up as a ratio to any other species of quantity. He assumed that there was not a ratio between the finite and infinite magnitudes, and his analogies were therefore finitistic.

Keywords:   Aristotle, rhetoric, poetics, ratio and proportion, infinity theory

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