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Single Idea 20920

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 1. Nature of Time / b. Relative time]

Full Idea

If there were a plurality of heavens, in the same way the movement of each of them would be a time, so that many times would coexist.

Gist of Idea

If there were many cosmoses, each would have its own time, giving many times


Aristotle (Physics [c.337 BCE], 218b3)

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.407

A Reaction

I take it that for Aristotle this is an absurdity, but for a modern cosmologist this is a real possibility. So which one is fastest? Can God rank them according to speed?

Related Idea

Idea 20911 There are unlimited worlds of varying sizes, some without life or water [Democritus, by Hippolytus]