Chapter

Motion, Time, 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/9780198269748.003.0012
Motion, Time, and                         Continuity

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This chapter discusses Scotus's claim that both motion and time are continua. The first section examines his claim that any motion token is reducible to a succession of forms at the non-atomic structure of motion. The second section looks into his claim that the limits of any motion token are entities. It also examines his account of the relation between a motion token and its limiting entities. It cites some differences in what Scotus has to say about spatially extended continua that apply generally to motion and time. The third section gives Scotus's account on the structure of time. The fourth section defends the claim that Scotus reduces talk of time to talk of motion.

Keywords: motion; token; structure of time; limiting entities; spatially extended continua

Chapter.  11877 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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