By Rega Wood (auth.)
The English Franciscan thinker and theologian, Adam of Wodeham (d. 1358), was once a disciple and good friend of William of Ockham; he was once additionally a pupil of Walther Chatton. however, he was once an autonomous philosopher who didn't hesitate to criticize his former lecturers - Ockham sporadically and benevolently, Chatton, often and aggressively. due to the fact W odeham built his personal doctrinal place by means of an intensive severe exam of present evaluations, the 1st a part of this introduc tion in short outlines the positions of the manager figures within the English controversy over indivisibles. the second one a part of the creation pre sents a precis of Wodeham's perspectives within the Tractatus de indivisibilibus, lists the contents of the treatise, and considers the query of its date and its chronological place within the context of Wodeham's different works. within the 3rd half, the editorial tactics used listed here are set forth. 1. THE INDIVISIBILIST CONTROVERSY within the literature of the thirteenth and 14th centuries, the time period 'indivisible' refers to an easy, un prolonged entity. for this reason, those indivisibles aren't actual atoms yet both mathematical issues, temporal instants or indivisibles of movement, often known as mutata esse. I THOMAS BRADWARDINE (d. 1349), approximately modern with Wodeham, categorised the positions it used to be attainable to take relating to indivisibles. He defined his personal view because the universal view, that of "Aristotle, A verroes, and lots of the moderns," in line with which a "continuum used to be no longer composed of atoms (athomis) yet of components divisible with out end.
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C I aJterum) aiiud C 22 et aliud) sicut A, aliud II deorsum) vel add. B. QUESTION 1, ARTICLE 1 39 9. lIn reply to this] therefore, I will expound Aristotle's and Averroes' argument, since it appears to me that it is the same argument, and this presumptuous cavil will have no force. Take three indivisibles 12 in order to be clearer Iby examining] restricted leases] 13 - from which you suppose a line to be composed, and let them be a, b, c. If, therefore, b is put together with a and c and touches both, it follows that Ib] is immediately joined to both.
Talia indivisibilia C, om. A 19 de se om. AC 20 Aristoteles] Philosophus C 21 Quod om. C 21-22 faceret maius] etc. C 22 tangeret] tangat C 23 continuari] contiguari C I nec] non C 24 taliter] consequenter C 25 sunt 2 om. ] etc. B, om. C I tamen protervus] cum probabiliter nullus C 27 tales om. C II descriptiones] definitiones A I ait] arguit C 28 tangeret] ipsum add. C. QUESTION 1, ARTICLE 1 35 [Outline of the Question] 4. The difficulty concerning all things composed of divisibles is the same, whether they are intensive or extensive, of one and the same species or homogeneous.
Extensive] prim urn, quia totum tangens totum indivisibile secundum extensionem, ergo non facit maius extensive. ) sunt in eodem situ immediate, et per consequens non faciunt maius intensive. Nec secundum potest dari, quia tunc non esset indivisibile, quia haberet partem et partem. Si tertium, igitur non faciunt unum extensive C 4 secundum totum] primo modo A II facit] erit A 6-8 per ... ) cum aliquid aliquid secundum totum est superponitur C 7 cum] ad A 9 dedarat] dedaratur C I Nam] ideo non A 10 fit Averroes, est C am.