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Quantity and Continuity

Richard Cross

in The Physics of Duns Scotus

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269748
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683787 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269748.003.0007
Quantity and Continuity

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This chapter explains how Scotus conceives of a body's position. A common view is that a body's extension is closely connected with the space that the body occupies; the extension of a body could be identified by the extension occupied by the body. According to Scotus, this view is wrong. To him, the extension of a body pertains to the category of quantity, whereas the relation of the body to the space it occupies pertains to the category of place. This explains why Scotus is strongly opposed to any theory claiming that things could be composed of atoms. The third section of this chapter considers Scotus's objections to the position that there are physical blocks to infinite divisibility. The fourth section explains Scotus's position regarding the surfaces and boundaries of quanta.

Keywords: extension of a body; atoms; quanta boundaries; infinite divisibility; physical blocks; body's position

Chapter.  9867 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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