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Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671$
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Robert Pasnau

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567911.001.0001

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Identity over Time

Identity over Time

(p.689) 29 Identity over Time
Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671

Robert Pasnau (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at a range of scholastic attempts to account for the identity of objects through time. The most straightforward sort of Aristotelian solution, in terms of persistence of form, is contrasted with the nominalist framework according to which genuine identity is rare and of brief duration. This view is then shown to reappear in the seventeenth century among the critics of scholasticism.

Keywords:   Ockham, Buridan, Nicole Oresme, Hobbes, identity through tim

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