Phronesis 41 (3):305-317 (1996)

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Tim O'Keefe
Georgia State University
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The 'swerve' is not supposed to provide a temporal 'starting point' (archê) of collisions, since Epicurus thinks that there is no temporal starting-point of collisions. Instead, the swerve is supposed to provide an explanatory archê of collisions. In positing the swerve, Epicurus is responding to Aristotle's criticisms of Democritus' theory of motion.
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Epicurus.David Konstan - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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