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Medieval Discussions of Temporal Parts and Wholes


Stamatios Gerogiorgakis


Pages 331 - 338



Medieval authors meant by temporal parts something different from what contemporary philosophers usually refer to by this term. Today, temporal parts are usually considered to be ‘stages’ or ‘time slices’ of entities like human persons or artifacts (for explanations of the terms ‘stages’, ‘time slices’ and ‘temporal parts’ in this sense cf. Lewis 1983: 76-77; 1986: 202; Sider 1997: 197). Medieval authors were not interested in temporal parts in this sense. When they spoke of temporal wholes and parts, they meant entities like years, months, days, hours and the like.




1Philosophy Department, University of Erfurt



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