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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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Relations and Reductions

Relations and Reductions

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Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Thought

Rory Fox

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   time, relational theories, relations, relationism, 13th century, temporal reduction

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