Accidents and Accidental Unity

Richard Cross

in The Physics of Duns Scotus

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269748
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683787 | DOI:
Accidents and Accidental                         Unity

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This chapter begins by introducing Aristotle's scheme for classifying the kinds of predicates according to substance, quality, quantity, relation, time, place, position, state, action, and passion. All but the first of these are accidental categories. The discussion is firstly concerned with some of the general claims which Scotus makes about the accidental categories, and secondly, with relations. Scotus divides the list of accidents into two groups: non-relational accidents, where quantity and quality belong; and relational accidents, where the remaining seven accidents belong. The chapter also examines the reasons for thinking that accidents are individuated independently of the subjects to which they are united, Scotus's account of non-relational accidents and accidental unity, his account of relations, and the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic relational accidents.

Keywords: accidental categories; non-relational accidents; extrinsic relational accidents; intrinsic relational accidents; accidental unity

Chapter.  9838 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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