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The Physics of Duns ScotusThe Scientific Context of a Theological Vision$
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Richard Cross

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269748.001.0001

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Quality: Unity, Degree, and Change

Quality: Unity, Degree, and Change

(p.171) 10 Quality: Unity, Degree, and Change
The Physics of Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses theories regarding degrees of quality and corresponding changes. Scotus argues that any degree of a quality Q is a discrete homogenous item, containing lower degrees as parts, and that changes in degree can be explained by the addition or subtraction of homogenous parts of Q. These two claims together hold that any degree of Q is an H-unity. The chapter examines Scotus's account of the degree and his claim that a degree of Q is an H-unity. It also suggests an account of Curlis Wilson that such degrees should be additive, where one can specify how much one is greater than another, and not by linear order alone.

Keywords:   Curlis Wilson, quality, H-unity, order of degree, homogenous parts, subtraction, Q

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