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 used to be additionally a scholar of Walther Chatton. however, he used to be an self sufficient philosopher who didn't hesitate to criticize his former lecturers - Ockham sporadically and benevolently, Chatton, often and aggressively. due to the fact that W odeham constructed his personal doctrinal place by way of a radical severe exam of present reviews, the 1st a part of this introduc­ tion in brief outlines the positions of the executive figures within the English controversy over indivisibles. the second one a part of the advent 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 strategies 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, frequently referred to as mutata esse. I THOMAS BRADWARDINE (d. 1349), approximately modern with Wodeham, categorised the positions it was once attainable to take concerning indivisibles. He defined his personal view because the universal view, that of "Aristotle, A verroes, and many of the moderns," in keeping with which a "continuum was once now not composed of atoms (athomis) yet of components divisible with out end.

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I add this becasue a line added to a line lengthwise causes an increase, but not a line added in respect to its width or depth, if a line is taken to be a thing indivisible in width and depth that is truly found in reality. The inference is evident in itself. Aristotle proves the falsity of the consequent near the beginning of Physics VI thus: 8 If an indivisible added to an indivisible caused an increase in quantity, then it would have to touch that [indivisible] itself. The consequent is false, since an indivisible cannot be continuous with another indivisible.

Totaliter om. A 16 et bonae om. A 17-19 Ex I ••. indivisibilibus om. A 20 De caelo] Caeli et mundi AB 22 praeter om. A 26 communiter) consequenter B. 28 commento 100m. A 29 igitur etc. om. B. QUESTION I, ARTICLE I 41 at the left, and so on for the other directions. Either, therefore, a touches b [both] on the right and on the left, or [both] above and below, and so on for all directions. And then it is inconceivable that they are not in exactly the same corresponding position, and consequently one added to the other does not cause an increase in size.

Guillelmus de Ockham, 'Quaeritur utrum in forma maiori sint plures partes quam in forma minor', ed. F. Corvino in 'Questioni inedite di Occam sui continuo', Rivista Critica di Storia della filosofia 13 (1958),191-208. , q. 5, a. 1. notes 7,9,11. 70 In the margin of the only manuscript in which this question is preserved, British Museum MS Harleian 3243, this question is called: Adam Wodeham de divisione et composicione continui contra Chalton. (Murdoch and Synan, 'Two Questions', p. 267). 71 Quaestio de divisione et compositione continui, ed.

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