Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Philosophy - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Sebastian Odzuck

Thesis: The Priority of Locomotion in Aristotle’s Physics

Sebastian Odzuck is working on the priority of local motion in Aristotle’s Physics. Aristotle recognizes four distinct kinds of change, corresponding to four categories of being: substance, quality, quantity, and location. According to Aristotle, these four kinds of change are irreducibly distinct; none of them can be reduced to any other. Yet Aristotle does not think that the four kinds of change are on a par. In Physics VIII, he argues that local motion has priority over the other three kinds of change. This doctrine plays a crucial role in his argument for an unmoved mover, and throws important light on the role of local motion, and hence space, in Aristotle's physical theory quite generally. In his dissertation, Odzuck examines how Aristotle may claim that it is locomotion which has priority over the other kinds of change.



Sebastian Odzuck studied at the University of Tübingen, the University of Georgia at Athens and the University of Erlangen. He received his M.A. at the University of Erlangen in Philosophy, German Studies and Indoiranian Studies. He has been a research associate at the University of Erlangen and a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at Princeton University.