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By Margaret Wade Labarge

This selection of occasional writings by means of popular medieval student Margaret Wade Labarge considers an eclectic mixture of issues and matters within the heritage of the center a while. the numerous lives of medieval ladies, their strength and standing inside of society, are depicted via their very own writings; questions of medieval tradition are associated with these dealing with humanity in our time; go back and forth, as skilled by means of the main prestigious ambassador and via the lowliest pilgrim, is explored; and the origins and stipulations of future health care are tested. those topics have encouraged or educated the author's 8 significant ancient works, yet are revisited right here with the readability, wit and self-discipline of a good instructor. A Medieval Miscellany will supply readers already familiar with Labarge's paintings new excitement, and supply an attractive direction into medieval lives and time for brand new readers.

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Stuttgard-Bad Connstatt, 1977 , and his Quaestion es super octo libros Physicorum Aristotelis, Paris 1509, Bk. IV. De Molina takes it up in his De Scientia Dei, F. ), in Geschichte der Molinismus, Bd. I, BGPM 32 (1935 ), 202ff. 13 This argument owes a lot to A. N. Prior's discussion in Past, Present and Future, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1967 , ch. VII. J. Etchemendy and P. Oppenheimer have pointed out to me that the 'now' operator makes some of the premisses of the argument strong er than they seem.

That discussion of Boethius's second pair of propositions shows us what is to be said about the first pair. Even though the mortality of human beings generally may be described as a naturally necessary state of affairs, the event that is the death of this particular human being is not a necessary but a contingent event - necessitated ut nunc from the instant of his conception , but chance nevertheless, in just the way the existence of this particular human being is not necessary but chance. That the author of a theory should miss some of its implications is not surprising, particularly when his main concern is not with propounding his own theory but with expounding another author's text.

And on Boethius's theory (as I read it) the fact that none of the countless human decisions that contributed to the occurrence of the Lisbon earthquake was guided by the intention that that city be destroyed by an earthquake requires that contingent historical event to be classified as chance. If my reading of Boethius's account of chance is accurate , obviously an enormous number of events on earth that might otherwise seem necessitated will turn out on his view of them to be contingent events - more specifically, chance events.

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