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Being and Motion$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908904.001.0001

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Medieval Theology III

Medieval Theology III

Conatus

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(p.358) Chapter 26 Medieval Theology III
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Being and Motion
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Thomas Nail

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908904.003.0029

This chapter argues that the third kinetic operation or feature in the ontological description of force is the internalization of motion. This is the motion that occurs when a flow is disjoined or released from a given field of circulation and then either recirculated back in or folded into another field. The transfer or flow of motion from one body to another therefore presupposes a double internalization of motion: first in the primary body within which the force is originally contained, and second within the receiving body that takes up this motion and continues it from the first. This chapter describes this type of motion at work in the theory of conatus.

Keywords:   Scholasticism, appetite, inclination, René Descartes, tension, Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, Gottfried Leibniz, fold

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