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Robert Pasnau: A History of Parts and Wholes, 1300-1650

Do the parts of a whole exist? Under what circumstances? Aristotle said very different things about this, in different places, and would-be medieval followers of Aristotle, not to mention would-be critics, went off in very different directions.

Some claimed that a truly unified thing has no real parts; others allowed the existence of everything one might intuitive regard as a part; others attempted various kinds of compromise views. In this lecture Prof. Pasnau will critically review and analyse these attempts.

Robert Pasnau is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the editor of the Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (2 vols., 2010), and the author of various books and articles, mainly focused on medieval and early modern philosophy. His current project is a forthcoming book on the rise and fall of scholastic metaphysics. A selection of his books: Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages (CUP 1997), Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature (CUP 2002), The Philosophy of Aquinas (Boulder, 2003; with C. Shields). He published articles in such journals as the Philosophical Review, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Philosophy, Philosophical Quarterly, American Philosophical Quarterly, The Monist etc.

See also his personal webpage

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