New PDF release: A commentary on Plato's Timaeus,

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128 1263,30 260a11-19 What we have said has also cleared up the puzzle we raised at the beginning, [namely, why in the world is it the case not that all things are either in motion or at rest, or that some things are always in motion and the others are always at rest, but that some things are sometimes and sometimes not. The cause of this is now clear, namely that some things (a15) are moved by an eternal unmoved , which is why they are always in motion, while other things by something that is in motion and changing, so that they too must be changing.

All these are posterior to generation, so that if not even generation is prior to locomotion,] neither is any of the other kinds of change. After proving that locomotion is prior in nature to the other kinds of motion,165 he next proves that it is primary ‘in’ ‘time’ too, deducing 1270,5 this too potentially as follows: the kind of motion that is primary in time is that which ‘can’ belong to ‘eternal things’; the motion that can belong to eternal things is locomotion; therefore locomotion is the kind Translation 41 of motion that is primary in time.

Now it is evident from the following considerations that no other kind of motion can be continuous. All kinds of motion and change are from opposites to opposites.

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