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Title : Solution to Zeno's Arrow Paradox (Lakshan)
Author: Lakshan Bandara
Lakshan Bandara

Created Date: 2020-09-22
Last Modified Date: 2020-10-03
Category: Philosophy
Article Code: 152
Keywords: Zeno, arrow, paradox, motion


Zeno's Arrow Paradox :

If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest at that instant of time, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless at that instant of time and at the next instant of time but if both instants of time are taken as the same instant or continuous instant of time then it is in motion.

Explanation :

In the arrow paradox, Zeno states that for motion to occur, an object must change the position which it occupies. He gives an example of an arrow in flight. He states that in any one (duration-less) instant of time, the arrow is neither moving to where it is, nor to where it is not.

Solution :

Time is existence.
Existence is one relative to another.

Time is: Order of things happen or not happen relative to another order of things happen or not happen.

Time is a sequence of Nows.

Now is a relative instance of not happen.

In that relative instance, order of things can happen or not happen.

Therefore, in the now, motion (change of position of an object) is possible.

Zeno's arrow paradox is solved.

That's why we can experience the motion of an arrow.

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