By Rega Wood (auth.)
The English Franciscan thinker and theologian, Adam of Wodeham (d. 1358), was once a disciple and buddy of William of Ockham; he used to be additionally a scholar of Walther Chatton. however, he was once an self sustaining philosopher who didn't hesitate to criticize his former lecturers - Ockham sporadically and benevolently, Chatton, usually and aggressively. because W odeham built his personal doctrinal place through a radical severe exam of present reviews, the 1st a part of this introduc tion in brief 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 methods used listed below 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. therefore, 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 was once attainable to take relating to indivisibles. He defined his personal view because the universal view, that of "Aristotle, A verroes, and many of the moderns," based on which a "continuum used to be now not composed of atoms (athomis) yet of elements divisible with no end.
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AB 20 non habet partem am. AB I et om. AB 21 cum] quia C 22-23 ergo ... totum am. ) A. QUESTION 1, ARTICLE 1 37 applied to it in a continuum so that a true unity would result from [the combination o~ these indivisibles - then either the whole would touch a whole, or a part would touch a part, or a part would touch the whole. Neither the second nor the third [alternative is possible), since then the [indivisible) would not be indivisible, since it would have parts. If a whole touched a'whole, it would not cause an increase in extension.
42, Opera Omnia 17 (Vatican, 1966), p. 327; Responsiones capituli generalis Mediolani an. 1285 as cited here by Scotus's editors, n. 1. Many of Olivi's writings were collected and burned. 4" Scotus, Ordinatio, II, d. 2, p. 2, q. 5, nn. 322-323. 47 Ockham, Tractatus de quantitate (OTh X, 26; ed. Birch, pp. 44-48). Ockham actually lists ten arguments. But only the first three are to be attributed to his opponent since Ockham begins his reply to the fourth argument with the words "Ad aliud quod tactum est post argumenta Doctoris" (OTh X, 39; ed.
Arguments against Harclay] 31. but immediate] positions. For then in a continuous line superimposed on these \lines], there would be two corresponding, immediate points, since either \there would be] two, and the inference is evident; or \there would be] only one, and that is what we principally intended to show 50 - \namely], that the two last points of lines touching each other are in exactly the same position. 32. This might also be demonstrated by the protraction of a circle. Suppose the fixed foot of the compass to be wherever you please except at the point of contact, on lilies disposed as described in the last paragraph, so that the \moving foot] touches a point of the continuous line where the contiguous lines meet.
Adam de Wodeham: Tractatus de Indivisibilibus: A Critical Edition with Introduction, Translation, and Textual Notes by Rega Wood (auth.)