Adam de Wodeham: Tractatus de Indivisibilibus: A Critical by Rega Wood (auth.)

By Rega Wood (auth.)

The English Franciscan thinker and theologian, Adam of Wodeham (d. 1358), used to be a disciple and pal of William of Ockham; he used to be additionally a pupil of Walther Chatton. however, he used to be an self sufficient philosopher who didn't hesitate to criticize his former lecturers - Ockham sporadically and benevolently, Chatton, usually and aggressively. due to the fact W odeham constructed his personal doctrinal place via an intensive serious exam of present evaluations, the 1st a part of this introduc­ tion in brief outlines the positions of the executive figures within the English controversy over indivisibles. the second one a part of the advent pre­ sents a precis of Wodeham's perspectives within the Tractatus de indivisibilibus, lists the contents of the treatise, and considers the query of its date and its chronological place within the context of Wodeham's different works. within the 3rd half, the editorial systems used listed below are set forth. 1. THE INDIVISIBILIST CONTROVERSY within the literature of the thirteenth and 14th centuries, the time period 'indivisible' refers to an easy, un prolonged entity. for this reason, those indivisibles aren't actual atoms yet both mathematical issues, temporal instants or indivisibles of movement, often referred to as mutata esse. I THOMAS BRADWARDINE (d. 1349), approximately modern with Wodeham, categorised the positions it used to be attainable to take relating to indivisibles. He defined his personal view because the universal view, that of "Aristotle, A verroes, and lots of the moderns," in response to which a "continuum used to be no longer composed of atoms (athomis) yet of components divisible with no end.

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INTRODUCTION 27 Courtenary, Adam Wodeham, pp. 75-76; Katherine Walsh, A Fourteenth-Century Scholar and Primate: Richard FitzRalph in Oxford, A vignon and Armagh (Oxford, 1981), pp. 4, 43-45. -Guillelmus de Ockham, 'Quaeritur utrum in forma maiori sint plures partes quam in forma minor', ed. F. Corvino in 'Questioni inedite di Occam sui continuo', Rivista Critica di Storia della filosofia 13 (1958),191-208. , q. 5, a. 1. notes 7,9,11. 70 In the margin of the only manuscript in which this question is preserved, British Museum MS Harleian 3243, this question is called: Adam Wodeham de divisione et composicione continui contra Chalton.

3. "An continuum ex indivisibilibus constet", I pp. 78-79; cf. Rogerus Bacon, Questiones 40 26 PART I supra libros octo physicorum Aristotelis, ed. F. Delorme and R. Steele, Opera hactenus inedita 13, (Oxford, 1935), pp. 326-337. 53 Murdoch and Synan, 'Two Questions', pp. 212-213, n. 2. See also n. 3; 'Henry of Harclay', pp. 219-220. , fol. 14r-v, quoted below, q. I, a. 3, note 4. 55 Murdoch, 'Mathesis', p. 220. 56 Ad dictum domini Lincolniensis dicendum est primo quod hoc non dicit assertive sed opinative.

Aristotle proves the falsity of the consequent near the beginning of Physics VI thus: 8 If an indivisible added to an indivisible caused an increase in quantity, then it would have to touch that [indivisible] itself. The consequent is false, since an indivisible cannot be continuous with another indivisible. Nor can [indivisibles] be consecutively situated, according the definition of things so situated. For continua are entities whose ends are one, and contiguous [entities] are those whose ends are together.

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