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Quality: Unity, Degree, and Change

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/9780198269748.003.0010
Quality: Unity, Degree, and                         Change

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This chapter discusses theories regarding degrees of quality and corresponding changes. Scotus argues that any degree of a quality Q is a discrete homogenous item, containing lower degrees as parts, and that changes in degree can be explained by the addition or subtraction of homogenous parts of Q. These two claims together hold that any degree of Q is an H-unity. The chapter examines Scotus's account of the degree and his claim that a degree of Q is an H-unity. It also suggests an account of Curlis Wilson that such degrees should be additive, where one can specify how much one is greater than another, and not by linear order alone.

Keywords: Curlis Wilson; quality; H-unity; order of degree; homogenous parts; subtraction; Q

Chapter.  10257 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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