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Matter and Division

Kurt Smith

in Matter Matters

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583652
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0004
Matter and Division

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This chapter explores two conceptual systems of division developed in the medieval period—one connected to the division of an immaterial substrate, the other connected to the division of a material substrate. This latter sort of division resulted in the numbers, which were additive. Here, an historical sketch is offered that traces a connection made between a certain conception of matter and mathematics, a connection that would have been available to the early moderns.

Keywords: Plotinus; Augustine; Aquinas; matter; receptacle; division; number

Chapter.  9242 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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