The Metaphysics of Continuity

Richard Cross

in The Physics of Duns Scotus

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269748
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683787 | DOI:
The Metaphysics of                         Continuity

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This chapter looks further into part-whole relationships by discussing the constitution of items, and continua, whose parts are distinguished merely by extension. It addresses the question: How should we most perspicaciously describe the unity of a continuum composed of homogenous parts? The second section of the chapter examines Scotus's account of continuum and how various parts can unite to form any sort of whole. The third section looks into possible objections to that account in Scotus's theory. The fourth section examines the contexts in which Scotus applies his account. The fifth section considers Scotus's discussion of a biological counter-instance to his account, namely, the problem of nutrition. The last section examines whether or not Scotus's account might have been applied too generally.

Keywords: constitution of items; unity; continuum; biological counter-instance; problem of nutrition

Chapter.  9307 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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