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Physics

Antonie Vos

in The Philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624621.003.0011
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This chapter analyses the ideas and thoughts of John Duns Scotus related to physics. It discusses Scotus's theory of matter and theory of unity, and describes his view on the debate on the unicity or plurality of forms, which was a heated one in the thirteenth century. The chapter suggests that many creative lines in Scotus's thought can be extended and extrapolated. An example of this is Axel Schmidt's linking of Scotus's contingency ontology to quantum theory by exploring the intimate connections between reality that is synchronically contingent and the ontological structures which quantum physics is in need of.

Keywords: physics; John Duns Scotus; theory of matter; theory of unity; forms; Axel Schmidt; contingency ontology; quantum theory

Chapter.  14545 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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