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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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Place and Space

Place and Space

(p.193) 11 Place and Space
The Physics of Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses different conceptions of time and place. It starts by labeling Aristotle's conceptions of place in Physics and Categories. It names the Physics conception as ‘place’ and the Categories conception as ‘space’. The first section of the chapter investigates Scotu's account of place using Physics. He uses the terms ubiteas and locus for place. The second section looks at the nearly identical terminology found in the Categories. Despite not finding a three-dimensional conception of space in the Categories, Scotus was able to develop such an account. In the third section, his account of the void is examined. The fourth section examines his attempts to develop an account of three-dimensional space, from an exegesis of Aristotle's claim in Physics that place is immobile.

Keywords:   Physics, Aristotle, Categories, ubiteas, locus, space, place, three-dimensional conception

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