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Being and Motion$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908904.001.0001

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Ancient Cosmology III

Ancient Cosmology III

Ex Nihilo

(p.262) Chapter 19 Ancient Cosmology III
Being and Motion

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the fourth and final cosmokinetic description of eternity occurs in the description of the figure of the ex nihilo eternal sky father, the first and only creator of all of being. In this final kinetic operation we reach the ultimate inversion of centripetal motion. Eternity appears not as the product of a theomachy or prior motion, but as the original and immobile process constitutive of all motion as such. Ex nihilo creation does not refer here strictly to the creation of the world by God, but more generally to the ex nihilo creation of motion from immobility.

Keywords:   Yahweh, God, spherology, vortex, sphere, centrifugal, Pythagoras

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