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Against Proclus On the eternity of the world 9-11 /

"In one of the most original books of late antiquity, Philoponus argues for the Christian view that matter can be created by God out of nothing. It needs no prior matter for its creation. At the same time, Philoponus transforms Aristotle's conception of prime matter as an incorporeal '...

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Main Author: Philoponus, John, active 6th century.
Other Authors: Share, Michael John.
Format: eBook
Language: English
Ancient Greek
Published: London : Duckworth, 2010.
Series: Ancient commentators on Aristotle.
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Summary: "In one of the most original books of late antiquity, Philoponus argues for the Christian view that matter can be created by God out of nothing. It needs no prior matter for its creation. At the same time, Philoponus transforms Aristotle's conception of prime matter as an incorporeal 'something - I know not what' that serves as the ultimate subject for receiving extension and qualities. On the contrary, says Philoponus, the ultimate subject is extension. It is three-dimensional extension with its exact dimensions and any qualities unspecified. Moreover, such extension is the defining characteristic of body. Hence, so far from being incorporeal, it is body, and as well as being prime matter, it is form - the form that constitutes body. This uses, but entirely disrupts, Aristotle's conceptual apparatus. Finally, in Aristotle's scheme of categories, this extension is not to be classified under the second category of quantity, but under the first category of substance as a substantial quantity."--Jacket.
Item Description: Translated from the Ancient Greek: De aeternitate mundi contra Proclum.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (168 pages).
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-132) and indexes.
ISBN: 9781472500250
1472500253
1306724651
9781306724654