Since antiquity, philosophers have investigated how change works. If a thing moves from one state to another, when exactly does it start to be in its new state, and when does it cease to be in its former one? In the late Middle Ages, the "problem of the instant of change” was subject to considerable debate and gave rise to sophisticated theories; it became popular and controversial again in the second half of the twentieth century. The studies collected here constitute the first attempt at tackling the different aspects of an issue that, until now, have been the object of seminal but isolated forays. They do so in through a historical perspective, offering both the medieval and the contemporary viewpoints.
Contributors are Damiano Costa, Graziana Ciola, William O. Duba, Simo Knuuttila, Greg Littmann, Can Laurens Löwe, Graham Priest, Magali Roques, Niko Strobach, Edith Dudley Sylla, Cecilia Trifogli and Gustavo Fernández Walker.
Frédéric Goubier, Ph.D. (2003), University of Geneva, is a Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva. He has published several books and articles on medieval philosophy of language.
Magali Roques, Ph.D. (2012), is a Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of Universität Hamburg. She has published several books and papers on fourteenth-century philosophy of language and metaphysics, including the edited volume
The Language of Thought in Late Medieval Philosophy. Essays in Honor of Claude Panaccio (2017).
William Duba and Chris Schabel, Ph.D.'s (2006 and 1994) in History at Iowa, have recently published
Bullarium Hellenicum. Pope Honorius III’s Letters to Frankish Greece and Constantinople (1216-1227) (2015) and several papers, including "
Instrumenta Miscellanea Cypria. A Catalogue of Cypriot Documents in the
Instrumenta Miscellanea of the Vatican Archives" (2018), “Francesco d’Appignano and the Non-Existent Canon. Tracing Francesco d’Appignano’s Scientific Legacy in Francesc Marbres, alias Johannes Canonicus, and Fragments Discovered Along the Way” (2017), “Remigio, Scotus, Auriol, and the Myth of the Two-Year
Sentences Lecture at Paris" (2017), and “
Nos enim sumus sicut talpae. Pierre Ceffons on the Scientific Limitations of Cosmology, with His Views on the Rotation of the Earth and the Plurality of Worlds: II
Sentences, d. 1” (2016).
Table of contents
Introduction Frédéric Goubier and Magali Roques Indivisible Temporal Boundaries from Aristophanes until Today Niko Strobach Change and Contradiction in Henry of Ghent Simo Knuuttila The Blessed Virgin and the Two Time-Series: Hervaeus Natalis and Durand of St. Pourçain on Limit Decision Can Laurens Löwe Quasi-Aristotelians and Proto-Scotists William O. Duba Walter Burley on the Incipit and Desinit of an Instant of Time Cecilia Trifogli Mathematics and Physics of First and Last Instants: Walter Burley and William of Ockham Edith Dudley Sylla William of Ockham on the Instant of Change Magali Roques Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Quaestio de intensione visionis Revisited: The scola Oxoniensis and Parisian Masters on Limit Decision Problems Gustavo Fernández Walker Marsilius of Inghen on incipit and desinit in Consequentiae II, Chapters 4-5 With an Edition of the Text Graziana Ciola The Limit Decision Problem and Four-Dimensionalism Damiano Costa Contradiction and the Instant of Change Revisited Graham Priest Contradictory Change Greg Littmann Index
All readers interested in the Metaphysics of Change and its history, Medieval philosophy, and paraconsistent logic.