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Nicholas of Autrecourt's quaestio de intensione visionis revisited: The scola oxoniensis and Parisian masters on limit decision problems

Journal article
Authors Gustavo Fernández Walker
Published in Vivarium
Volume 55
Pages 152-169
ISSN 00427543
Publication year 2017
Published at
Pages 152-169
Language en
Keywords De caelo commentaries, John buridan, John of Jandun, Limit decision problems, Nicholas of Autrecourt
Subject categories Philosophy, History of science


© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2017. Previously, the author tried to show that some arguments in one of the two versions of Nicholas of Autrecourt's Quaestio de intensione visionis are taken almost verbatim from the anonymous Tractatus de sex inconvenientibus. This paper concentrates on the arguments themselves in order to consider two main issues: (a) the 'translatability' of limit decision problems, manifest in Autrecourt's juxtaposition of questions de maximo et minimo, de primo et ultimo instanti, and the intension and remission of forms; (b) the importance of Parisian discussions of limit decision problems prior to the adoption of the new analytical languages developed at Oxford. Thus, the paper is divided in two sections, the first concerning some arguments of Autrecourt's question, the second focusing on the link between one of Autrecourt's arguments and the medieval tradition of commentaries on Aristotle's De caelo, in which it is possible to find some antecedents of the analytical approach that later Parisian scholars (Autrecourt among them) would apply to these problems.

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