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The Importance Of Atomism In The Philosophy Of Gerard Of Odo (O.F.M.)

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The Franciscan theologian Gerard of Odo (Giraldus Odonis) was born c. 1285 in the village of Camboulit, near Figeac in the South of France, and died in 1349. This chapter examines his position on the question in natural philosophy that he is most famous for, both in his own time and ours, namely the question of the structure of the continua: space, time and motion. In the De continuo Tract Odo gives six arguments. The author discusses two of his arguments in favour of atomism, the first and the sixth. The chapter examines a total of three contexts, taken from Odo's commentary on the Sentences and from another separate tract, in which atomism plays an important and sometimes even crucial role. The three contexts include infinity, intension and remission and God's omnipotence. Odos atomism turns out to be a constant factor in his philosophy and theology.

Keywords: Atomism; continuum; De continuo tract; Gerard of Odo



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