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Place and Space

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/9780198269748.003.0011
Place and Space

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This chapter discusses different conceptions of time and place. It starts by labeling Aristotle's conceptions of place in Physics and Categories. It names the Physics conception as ‘place’ and the Categories conception as ‘space’. The first section of the chapter investigates Scotu's account of place using Physics. He uses the terms ubiteas and locus for place. The second section looks at the nearly identical terminology found in the Categories. Despite not finding a three-dimensional conception of space in the Categories, Scotus was able to develop such an account. In the third section, his account of the void is examined. The fourth section examines his attempts to develop an account of three-dimensional space, from an exegesis of Aristotle's claim in Physics that place is immobile.

Keywords: Physics; Aristotle; Categories; ubiteas; locus; space; place; three-dimensional conception

Chapter.  9877 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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