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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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The Metaphysics of Continuity

The Metaphysics of Continuity

(p.139) 8 The Metaphysics of Continuity
The Physics of Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

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This chapter looks further into part-whole relationships by discussing the constitution of items, and continua, whose parts are distinguished merely by extension. It addresses the question: How should we most perspicaciously describe the unity of a continuum composed of homogenous parts? The second section of the chapter examines Scotus's account of continuum and how various parts can unite to form any sort of whole. The third section looks into possible objections to that account in Scotus's theory. The fourth section examines the contexts in which Scotus applies his account. The fifth section considers Scotus's discussion of a biological counter-instance to his account, namely, the problem of nutrition. The last section examines whether or not Scotus's account might have been applied too generally.

Keywords:   constitution of items, unity, continuum, biological counter-instance, problem of nutrition

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