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Matter MattersMetaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period$
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Kurt Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.001.0001

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Matter and Division

Matter and Division

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(p.45) 3 Matter and Division
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Matter Matters
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0004

This chapter explores two conceptual systems of division developed in the medieval period—one connected to the division of an immaterial substrate, the other connected to the division of a material substrate. This latter sort of division resulted in the numbers, which were additive. Here, an historical sketch is offered that traces a connection made between a certain conception of matter and mathematics, a connection that would have been available to the early moderns.

Keywords:   Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, matter, receptacle, division, number

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