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An Early Modern Scholastic Theory of Negative Entities: Thomas Compton Carleton on Lacks, Negations, and Privations (2015)


Seventeenth century scholastics had a rich debate about the ontological status and nature of lacks, negations, and privations. Realists in this debate posit irreducible negative entities responsible for the non-existence of positive entities. One of the first scholastics to develop a realist position on negative entities was Thomas Compton Carleton. In this paper I explain Carleton's theory of negative entities, including what it is for something to be negative, how negative entities are individuated, whether they are abstract or concrete, and how they affect their subjects. I argue that for Carleton, negative entities are conceived as spatially extended simples that affect their subjects by means of spatial overlap. I also show how Carleton responds to some theological worries about his realism concerning negative entities.

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Pamela H.
Gaukroger, Stephen W.
Condren, Conal
Hunter, Ian
Schmidt, Jeremy
Mandelbrote, Scott
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Perspectives on Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Intellectual History Review
Cambridge University Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Oxford University Press
Philosophy and religion
Natural philosophy
Science and religion
Descartes, René
Ariew, Roger
Spinoza, Baruch
Hale, Matthew
Picart, Bernard
Bernard, Jean Frédéric
Time Periods
Early modern
18th century
17th century
Cambridge (England)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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