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The Physics of Duns Scotus : The Scientific Context of a Theological Vision - Richard Cross

The Physics of Duns Scotus

The Scientific Context of a Theological Vision

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1998
ISBN: 9780198269748
Number Of Pages: 320

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Duns Scotus, along with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, was one of the three most talented and influential of the medieval schoolmen, and a highly original and creative thinker. Natural philosophy, or physics, is one of the areas of his system which has not received detailed attention in modern literature. But it is important, both for understanding Scotus's contributions in theology, and in tracing some important developments in the basically Aristotelian world-view which Scotus and his contemporaries espoused. The book contains detailed discussion and analysis of Scotus's accounts of the nature of matter; the structure of material substance; mass; the nature of space, time, and motion; quantitative and qualitative change; and the various sorts of unity which can be exhibited by different kinds of whole. It also includes discussion of Scotus's accounts of chemical composition, organic unity, and nutrition. Scotus's views on these matters are philosophyically sophisticated, and often highly original.

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`Cross's book is extremely dense and rich both exegetically and philosophically. Though his approach is primarily exegetical, Cross also succeeds in showing that many aspects of Scotus physics are of more than historical interest. There is also little doubt that Cross's book greatly contributes to our knowledge of Aristotelian natural philosophy in the late Middle Ages. It should be read by anyone seriously interested in Scotus and/or medieval physics.' Cecilia Trifogli, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol.51 No.1

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introduction: Physics and Duns Scotusp. 1
Prime Matterp. 13
Substantial Formp. 34
The Plurality of Formsp. 47
Composite Substancep. 77
Accidents and Accidental Unityp. 94
Quantity and Continuityp. 116
The Metaphysics of Continuityp. 139
Quantity: Change and Massp. 159
Quality: Unity, Degree, and Changep. 171
Place and Spacep. 193
Motion, Time, and Continuityp. 214
The Reality of Timep. 239
Appendix: The Metaphysics of Generation and Corruptionp. 257
Bibliographyp. 264
Index Locorump. 279
General Indexp. 288
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ISBN: 9780198269748
ISBN-10: 0198269749
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st September 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.55