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The paradox arrow


a—-“In order for an arrow to cover a distance, it must first cover its initial half part. Subsequently, in order for it to get to the end, it will previously have to get to the middle of half the remaining distance etc. “indefinitely”.

b—-According to Zeno the arrow does not move for the reason that, every time period consists of infinitesimally small time instants, which are indivisible”.

c—-“At some time instant the arrow will be at a certain place. However, being at a certain place (holding a position) it doesn’t move. If it doesn’t move, then it can’t hold  any kind of position”



This paradox is now meaningless, because the only position that the arrow can be in, is not a “position in the air” en route, but the starting position. As a consequence, we return again to the paradox of dichotomy.

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