Relations and Reductions
This chapter examines 13th century views about temporal relations. It shows that although medieval thinkers used differently nuanced terminology, a broadly shared approach to a theory of relations became apparent. Application of this theory of relations to the case of time generated serious difficulties. Relations were considered by 13th century thinkers to be accidents, thus temporal relations needed a substance in which to inhere. This substance was considered by many to be the Primum Mobile, but such an identification was problematic even within the framework of medieval thought.
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