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Blasius Of Parma Facing Atomist Assumptions

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Blasiuss attitude towards atomism, or rather his use of atomist arguments, is related to two main problems. The first one concerns the void. Blasius denies the real existence of a void while accepting at the same time a hypothetical void as fecund for studying the nature of motion. Howecer question concerning hypothetical void, may be it does not seem explicitly connected with atomism. The situation is different in the case of the continuum. Blasius of Parma examines the composition of the continuum in questions 1 and 2 of book 6 of the second version of his Physics commentary. The first version of Blasiuss Physics, concerns the division of a continuum. It is well known that since the thirteenth century minima naturalia have sometimes been distinguished from indivisibles. After studying the mathematical division of the continuum, Blasius of Parma wonders whether there are physical minima.

Keywords: atomist arguments; Blasius of Parma; continuum; indivisibles; minima naturalia



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