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Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought$
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Rory Fox

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199285756.001.0001

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Sempiternity, Angelic Time, and the Aevum

Sempiternity, Angelic Time, and the Aevum

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(p.244) 8 Sempiternity, Angelic Time, and the Aevum
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Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought
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Rory Fox

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199285756.003.0009

This chapter examines the import and meaning of the terms sempiternitas, perpetuitas, and aeviternitas or aevum. The terms sempiternitas and perpetuitas were often used interchangeably since they were basically used to refer to limitless particulars and their durations. Medieval figures recognized two types of limitlessness: durations which had no end and durations which had neither a beginning nor an end. As the terms perpetuitas and sempiternitas could be used of both kinds of durations, it is not unusual to find them used of God, angels, souls, and heavenly bodies. The terms aeviternitas and aevum were often used in a similar way, and were sometimes used synonymously with perpetuitas and sempiternitas. Nevertheless, there were serious disagreements amongst 13th century thinkers about the nature of the aevum, in particular whether it was extended or not.

Keywords:   time, sempiternitas, perpetuitas, aeviternitas, aevum, angelic time

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