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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: December 2011

Chapter 13 - No potency without actuality: the case of graph theory

Summary

Everything in the material universe is a mixture of act and potency. But the conclusion the author draws from his analysis of Alexander Bird and Randall Dipert seems a deal weaker, namely that if potency exists, so must actuality, but not necessarily wherever the potency is. In the infinite case, with a fairly narrow class of linear chains of directed edges, it might be possible for one to avoid any circularity at all and simply require a terminal actuality to preserve identity conditions all the way up the chain. To this the author makes the dialectical reply that the thesis of no potency without actuality has far more to be said in its favour than that the world is anything like the kind of restrictive, linear, directed infinite graph just supposed.
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Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics
  • Online ISBN: 9780511732256
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511732256
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