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Aristotle's View On The Eternity Of The World According To Peter Of Candia

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Peter of Candia’s treatment of the eternity of the world question is located, as are many medieval scholastic discussions of the issue, in the opening question of his Commentary on Book II of Peter Lombard’s Sentences. Peter begins his presentation with three concerns regarding the infinite power of God. First, it seems that God’s power cannot be infinite, since he cannot create a being whose nature is infinite. Secondly, his power seems limited in the case of certain accidents, since he cannot separate them from their substances. Finally, God’s power seems to be limited, in a third sense, namely, that he cannot produce something distinct from himself that is co-eternal with himself. This chapter presents Aristotle’s opinion concerning the eternity of the world. It then discusses Peter’s treatment of the question as to whether any quiddity distinct from God could be produced eternally by God’s omnipotent power.

Keywords: Aristotle; Commentary on Book II of Peter Lombard’s Sentences; eternity; God’s power; infinite power; omnipotent power; Peter of Candia



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