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Ḥasdai Crescas and Scholastic Philosophers on the Possible Existence of Multiple Simultaneous Worlds (2017)


Scholars who examine the possible influence of scholastic writers on Crescas’ treatment of the existence of multiple worlds have thus far focused on Nicole Oresme’s Latin and French works. It is proposed here that Crescas may have been influenced by Thomas Aquinas’ treatment of the multiple worlds. More specifically, Crescas’ first two arguments for the existence of multiple worlds, presented in the fourth treatise of Or Hashem, are compared with Aquinas’ arguments in his quaestio on the issue in the Summa Theologica. Given that these arguments share a common structure and appear in the same order in both works, it is plausible that Crescas relied on by Aquinas. The differences between them can be explained largely by Crescas’ desire to adapt Aquinas’ proofs to suit his own treatment of creation.

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Authors & Contributors
Harvey, Warren Zev
Feldman, Seymour
Leone, Alexandre
Ari Ackerman
Zupko, Jack
Vecchio, Silvana
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale
Modern Theology
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
University of St. Thomas
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Natural philosophy
Jewish civilization and culture
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Crescas, Hasdaï ben Abraham
Oresme, Nicole
Newton, Isaac
Buridan, Jean
Time Periods
15th century
14th century
17th century

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