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Relations and Reductions

Rory Fox

in Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199285754
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199285756.003.0005

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Relations and Reductions

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This chapter examines 13th century views about temporal relations. It shows that although medieval thinkers used differently nuanced terminology, a broadly shared approach to a theory of relations became apparent. Application of this theory of relations to the case of time generated serious difficulties. Relations were considered by 13th century thinkers to be accidents, thus temporal relations needed a substance in which to inhere. This substance was considered by many to be the Primum Mobile, but such an identification was problematic even within the framework of medieval thought.

Keywords: time; relational theories; relations; relationism; 13th century; temporal reduction

Chapter.  12024 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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