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CONTINUIT E DISCONTINUIT DELLE GRANDEZZE FISICHE IN EGIDIO ROMANO

In: Nuncius
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CECILIA TRIFOGLI Dipartimento di Filosofia - Universit di Pisa

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title SUMMARY /title This paper deals with Giles of Rome's (a late XIIIth century Aristotelian Commentator, Augustinian) position on the continuity of extension and motion. Giles maintains that extension and motion are continuous in so far as they can be considered simply as quantities, but are discontinuous when considered as physical objects or processes, since in the natural world they are joined with qualities. This paper aims at establishing that Giles' position reflects a widespread issue in XIIIth century natural philosophy according to which Aristotle's theory of continuity is a physic-mathematical rather than a strictly physical theory.

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