Session Title

Creation ex Nihilo

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics

Organizer Name

Alex Hall

Organizer Affiliation

Clayton State Univ.

Presider Name

Alex Hall

Paper Title 1

"Ex Nihilo," "De Nihilo," "Post Nihilum": Creation and Time according to Bonaventure and His School

Presenter 1 Name

Andrea Di Maio

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Pontificia Univ. Gregoriana

Paper Title 2

John Buridan on the Possibility of Creation ex Nihilo

Presenter 2 Name

Guido J. Alt

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. zu Köln/Stockholms Univ.

Paper Title 3

An Early Fourteenth-Century Averroist on Whether Something Can Come from Nothing

Presenter 3 Name

Antoine Côté

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Ottawa

Start Date

7-5-2020 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 211

Description

We distinguish between the scientific cosmology developed in the twentieth century and the theological cosmology characteristic of medieval thought. Yet they ask similar questions: Is the universe finitely old? Will it ever cease to be? What pertains necessarily to any state of affairs (or entity) that can account for the existence of a universe? Our session studies medieval theorizing about creation ex nihilo in particular and how this provides a theoretical framework that is relevant (and often adapted) to contemporary scientific accounts as they involve singularity theories and a big bang cosmology. Alexander W. Hall

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May 7th, 1:30 PM

Creation ex Nihilo

Bernhard 211

We distinguish between the scientific cosmology developed in the twentieth century and the theological cosmology characteristic of medieval thought. Yet they ask similar questions: Is the universe finitely old? Will it ever cease to be? What pertains necessarily to any state of affairs (or entity) that can account for the existence of a universe? Our session studies medieval theorizing about creation ex nihilo in particular and how this provides a theoretical framework that is relevant (and often adapted) to contemporary scientific accounts as they involve singularity theories and a big bang cosmology. Alexander W. Hall