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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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Accidents and Accidental Unity

Accidents and Accidental Unity

(p.94) 6 Accidents and Accidental Unity
The Physics of Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by introducing Aristotle's scheme for classifying the kinds of predicates according to substance, quality, quantity, relation, time, place, position, state, action, and passion. All but the first of these are accidental categories. The discussion is firstly concerned with some of the general claims which Scotus makes about the accidental categories, and secondly, with relations. Scotus divides the list of accidents into two groups: non-relational accidents, where quantity and quality belong; and relational accidents, where the remaining seven accidents belong. The chapter also examines the reasons for thinking that accidents are individuated independently of the subjects to which they are united, Scotus's account of non-relational accidents and accidental unity, his account of relations, and the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic relational accidents.

Keywords:   accidental categories, non-relational accidents, extrinsic relational accidents, intrinsic relational accidents, accidental unity

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