Saving Contingency: Ockham's Objection Part 26 Conclusion. Duns Scotus and the Possibilities of the Will Chapter 18 Chapter Thirteen. Wouldn't we lose our sense of responsibility? Masks are devices and symbols. The Master Argument Chapter 9 Chapter Six. Abstract: In Contingency, Time and Possibility, Pascal Massie explores the inquiries of Aristotle and Duns Scotus into contingency and possibility, as well as the complex and fascinating questions they raise.
Centuries after, such a possibility remains to be discovered. He weaves the ideas of Aristotle and Scotus into a holistic and compelling account of contingency as a central, pressing philosophical and human concern. Megarian Possibilities Chapter 8 Chapter Five. Recognizing that contingency is at stake in logic, ethics and ontology, Massie seeks to understand contingency prior to such disciplinary distinctions. What ontological status could it possess? Two questions are at stake: a a metaphysical and juridical one concerning the nature of property and b an ethical one concerning our attitude toward wealth. Massie shows how Aristotle and Duns Scotus's ideas about contingency continue to influence how we think about the nature of being.
Our mission in the Philosophy Department at Miami University is to empower our students to live courageous and thoughtful lives by passing on to them the rich inheritance of the philosophical tradition: its great texts, its central problems and questions, and its distinctive methods of critical thought, reflection, questioning and self-questioning, lucid argumentation, and cogent writing. The Free Play of The Wills Chapter 25 Chapter Twenty. The Being of Possibilities Chapter 12 Chapter Eight. My current research explores the metaphysical question concerning the distinction of the actual and the potential that was first posited by Aristotle. The Future of Possibilities Chapter 15 Chapter Eleven.
Preliminary Remarks on a Contemporary Interpretation Chapter 22 Chapter Seventeen. The Will and Its Objects Chapter 20 Chapter Fifteen. It is my contention that ancient thought is not merely of historical interest but raises questions and explores concepts that are highly relevant today. What used to be understood as a lesser degree of being the quasi non-being of uninformed matter and mere possibilities becomes the mark of omnipotence. O Rather, Massie argues that in its proper ontological import, the question of possibility concerns the limit between being and non-being and that this limit must be thought in terms of temporality.
What used to be understood as a lesser degree of being the quasi non-being of uninformed matter and mere possibilities becomes the mark of omnipotence. Second, a historical inquiry that focuses on Aristotle and Duns Scotus, two key figures contributing to a fundamental transformation in the history of Western ontology, namely, the transition from a metaphysics of nature Aristotle to a metaphysics of the will Scotus. In this sense, they are dialectical. Typically I do not follow one pedagogical format but use a combination of approaches. Modal Hierarchy and its Ontological Foundation Chapter 6 Chapter Three. In this sense, they are dualistic. Aristotle's Resolution Part 10 Part Three.
My special area is the history of Western philosophy, particularly ancient and medieval. The Being of Possibilities Chapter 12 Chapter Eight. What then could it be? Future and Eternity Chapter 24 Chapter Nineteen. Potentiality and Non-Being Chapter 16 Chapter Twelve. Abstract: This paper situates the fundamental difference between Blanchot and Heidegger in terms of two distinct understandings of silence. Thus, potentiality, possibility, and virtuality seem to occupy an intermediate space between non-being and actuality. I believe in variety rather than the same format every class.
Contingent Encounters Chapter 3 Chapter One. Yet, while Aristotle maintains against some of his predecessors that to think is not to sense, he nevertheless posits a causal link between practical intelligence and tactility and even describes noetic activity as a certain kind of touch. Contingency, Chance, Fortune Chapter 4 Chapter Two. But by so doing they invert these terms. With Scotus, however, a radical shift occurs. Possibilities are understood in terms of will, creation, omnipotence, and transcending freedom. Abstract: This paper situates the fundamental difference between Blanchot and Heidegger in terms.
With Scotus, however, a radical shift occurs. They split the world into appearance and reality, manifest and repressed, sacred and profane. The Priority of Actuality Chapter 13 Chapter Nine. Another Sea-Battle Chapter 23 Chapter Eighteen. Yet Aristotle systematically refers it to what is for the sake of an end. Megarian Possibilities Chapter 8 Chapter Five. Possibilities, Time, Ontology Chapter 11 Chapter Seven.