Change and Production

JT Paasch

in Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646371
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739293 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Change and Production

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This chapter sets the stage for the first half of the book by explaining how late medieval scholastics understood change and production. Change was understood in Aristotelian terms: it occurs when various forces cause something to acquire a new form. Changes could then be categorized according to the type of form the subject acquires (if the subject acquired new qualities, the change was said to be qualitative; if it acquired a new size, the change was said to be quantitative; if it entered into a new relationship, the change was said to be relational). This chapter also introduces the notion of “production” by (i) identifying certain qualifications that must be kept in mind, (ii) identifying some of the various types of events that the scholastics recognized as “productions,” and (iii) identifying one particular issue the scholastics debated: in what sense is the acquired form the formal terminus of production?

Keywords: Aristotle; change; production; qualities; quantities; relationships; creation; formal terminus

Chapter.  2324 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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