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Gerald Odonis on the Plurality of Worlds (2009)


Pierre Duhem and Eugenio Randi have investigated the later-medieval history of the problem of whether the existence of more than one world is possible, determining that Aristotle's denial of that possibility was rejected on theological grounds in the second half of the thirteenth century, but it was Nicole Oresme in the mid-fourteenth century who gave the strongest philosophical arguments against the Peripatetic stance, opting instead for Plato's position. For different reasons, neither Duhem nor Randi was able to examine Gerald Odonis' question on the subject. In this text, edited here, Odonis also opposes Aristotle for philosophical reasons and sides explicitly with Plato. Was Oresme aware of Odonis' opinion?

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Authors & Contributors
Donati, Silvia
Sorokina, Maria
Jaboulet-Vercherre, Azelina
Thomson, Rodney M.
Shank, Michael H.
Rossi, Pietro B.
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Medievalia et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Cornell University Press
Brepols Publishers
Natural philosophy
Science and literature
Oresme, Nicole
Buridan, Jean
Alighieri, Dante
Albertus Magnus
Bacon, Roger
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
15th century
12th century
Great Britain
Université de Paris
Oxford University

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