Creation and Eternity in Medieval Philosophy

In Heather Dyke & Adrian Bardon (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 73–86 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This chapter on creation and eternity in medieval philosophy focuses on arguments for the world's age drawn from the nature of time. To this end, there are four main sections. The first covers proofs for the eternity of the world taken from the nature of time, with an emphasis on Aristotle's original argument for that thesis and then Avicenna's modal version of the proof. The second deals with rejoinders, based upon non‐Aristotelian conceptions of time, to proofs for the eternity of the world with a focus on Augustine's idealist conception of time. The third section takes up positive arguments for the temporal finitude of the cosmos and the difficulties surrounding the idea of infinite past time. The final section canvasses the “agnostic position” of Ibn Tufayl, Moses Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas concerning the question of the cosmos's age.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,219

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Creation and Temporality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy.T. M. Rudavsky - 1997 - Faith and Philosophy 14 (4):458-477.
Against Aristotle, on the eternity of the world.John Philoponus - 1987 - Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press. Edited by Christian Wildberg.
God Beyond the Whole: On the Theistic God of Creation.William Desmond - 2008 - In God and the Between. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 241–258.
Ghazali on the Creation vs. Eternity of the World.Raja Bahlul - 1992 - Philosophy and Theology 6 (3):259-275.
Eternity.Brian Leftow - 2010 - In Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper & Philip L. Quinn (eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Oxford, UK: Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 278–284.
Aquinas and the metaphysics of creation.Gaven Kerr - 2019 - New York: Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-06-15

Downloads
13 (#984,455)

6 months
13 (#169,369)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jon McGinnis
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Citations of this work

Arabic and islamic metaphysics.Amos Bertolacci - forthcoming - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Avicenna.Jon McGinnis - 2010 - New York: Oxford University Press.
The guide for the perplexed.Moses Maimonides & Salomon Pines - 1904 - New York,: E. P. Dutton & co.. Edited by M. Friedländer.
Infinity and continuity.John E. Murdoch - 1982 - In Norman Kretzmann, Anthony Kenny & Jan Pinborg (eds.), Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 564--91.
Against Aristotle, on the eternity of the world.John Philoponus - 1987 - Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press. Edited by Christian Wildberg.

View all 7 references / Add more references