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The Controversy Over The Principle Of Individuation In Quodlibeta

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Quodlibeta allow us special access to philosophical and theological debates in the Middle Ages. The question titles of medieval quodlibeta offer us valuable insight into what medieval philosophers and theologians considered important and controversial topics. One of these topics was the question whether there is only one substantial form in human beings. Another, somewhat related, issue was the problem of individuation. To understand the intricacies of the medieval debate on individuation, one has to be aware that the meaning of the term “individuation” is itself far from clear. This chapter presents an overview of the medieval debate on individuation. The author covers roughly the years 1277 to 1320. The issue of individuation appears in many different contexts, for example, in the context of the question “whether a supposit adds something to a nature.”.

Keywords: individuation; medieval quodlibeta; Middle Ages

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