In this Book

Fordham University Press
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This book begins with standard ontological topics--such as the nature of existence--and of metaphysics generally, such as the status of universals, form, and accidents. What is the proper subject matter of metaphysical speculation? Are essence and existence really distinct in bodies? Does the body lose its unifying form at death? Can an accident of a substance exist in separation from that substance? Are universals real, and, if so, are they anything more than general concepts? Among the figures it examines are Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Walter Chatton, John Buridan, Dietrich of Freiburg, Robert Holcot, Walter Burley, and the 11th-century Islamic philosopher Ibn-Sina (Avicenna).There is also an emphasis on metaphysics broadly conceived. Thus, additional discussions of connected topics in medieval logic, epistemology, and language provide a fuller account of the range of ideas included in the later medieval worldview.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-12
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. I. Essence, Existence, and The Nature of Metaphysics
  2. pp. 9-44
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  1. 1. Duns Scotus on Metaphysics as the Science of First Entity
  2. pp. 11-29
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  1. 2. Aquinas vs. Buridan on Essence and Existence
  2. pp. 30-44
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  1. II. Form and Matter
  2. pp. 45-99
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  1. 3. The Form of Corporeity and Potential and Aptitudinal Being in Dietrich von Freiberg’s Defense of the Doctrine of the Unity of Substantial Form
  2. pp. 47-83
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  1. 4. Accidents in Scotus’s Metaphysics Commentary
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. III. Universals
  2. pp. 101-158
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  1. 5. Avicenna Latinus on the Ontology of Types and Tokens
  2. pp. 103-136
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  1. 6. Universal Thinking as Process: The Metaphysics of Change and Identity in John Buridan’s Intellectio Theory
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. IV. Language, Logic, and Metaphysics
  2. pp. 159-248
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  1. 7. Can God Know More? A Case Study in Later Medieval Discussions of Propositions
  2. pp. 161-187
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  1. 8. The Power of Medieval Logic
  2. pp. 188-205
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  1. 9. Iteration and Infinite Regress in Walter Chatton’s Metaphysics
  2. pp. 206-222
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  1. 10. Analogy and Metaphor from Thomas Aquinasto Duns Scotus and Walter Burley
  2. pp. 223-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-299
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-314
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