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Totum Potentiale


Guilherme Wyllie


Pages 568 - 570



Adhering to the Aristotelian sense of ‘whole’ as something whose components form a unit, Boethius focuses in his De Divisione on the notion of potential whole, to later differentiate it not only from the integral whole but also from the universal whole.




1Department of Philosophy, Fluminense Federal University



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