The Instant of Change in Medieval Philosophy and Beyond

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.
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Biographical Note

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

Readership

All readers interested in the Metaphysics of Change and its history, Medieval philosophy, and paraconsistent logic.