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date: 21 July 2024

Philoponus, John 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Thomas PinkThomas Pink

(c. 490–570s).From Alexandria, Philoponus opposed Aristotle's science, defending the Christian doctrine that the universe had a beginning. He argued thus: without a beginning, the universe must already have endured an infinite number of years; but then how could it be true that, by the end of next year, the universe would have endured a greater number of years? For how could infinity be added to? Philoponus also attacked Aristotle's dynamics, denying (as later did ... ...

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