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Henry of Harclay (c.1270–1317)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B051-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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An English philosopher of the early fourteenth century, Harclay moved away from the position of Duns Scotus on the extramental existence of universals and towards the more conceptualist or nominalist stance of William of Ockham. On questions of infinity and continuity, Henry was strongly anti-Aristotelian, holding that there were numbers that were actually infinite and not all equal to each other, and that a continuum was composed of an actual infinity of indivisibles, by which it was properly measured. His position came under powerful mathematical attack.

Citing this article:
Molland, George. Henry of Harclay (c.1270–1317), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B051-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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