Abstract

John Buridan’s theory of persistence is based on a metaphysical foundation that has been misrepresented by contemporary scholars. I argue that this fact is both (i) suggested by his treatment of persistence itself, and (ii) explicit in his clearest exposition of the foundations of persistence. I also argue that while this fact has historical interest, its primary interest is philosophical in nature: it shows Buridan developing a distinction that contemporary philosophers find useful in elaborating a metaphysical basis for theories of persistence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4586
Print ISSN
0022-5053
Pages
pp. 373-394
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-10
Open Access
No
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