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Items of Interest: Nothingness

4 March 2012

Early Modern Thought Online: The Blog, one of my favourite tumblrs, has recently done an interesting series on creatio ex nihilo in the thought of a number of early modern thinkers called “Is ‘nothing’ relative?” which takes some very interesting looks at a complex doctrine that is frequently a hot point of the discussion over the relation of Christianity and modern science. Like much on EMTO’s blog, a knowledge of multiple languages of early modern scholarship is recommended.

(I) Early Modern Thomists on Creatio ex nihilo

(II) An Early Modern Scotist

(III) Taurellus and the Doctrine of ‘Double Nothing’

(IV) Timpler and Keckermann on Matter in Creation

(V) Lubinus on Why ‘Nothing’ Matters

(VI) Kircher on ‘Creatio Ex Nihilo’

(VII) The Controversy Between Knorr and Moore on the Creation of Nothing

(VIII) The Controversy Between Moore and Helmont on Whether There is ‘Nothing’ At All

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 March 2012 8:58 pm

    First of all, thanks a lot for the feedback and the friendly mention here. I should like to add that some more posts will follow (on Kircher and Helmont). Concerning the language problem: English is not my native language (as you may guess from my name). Translating Latin to English would double the time it takes to write the posts. On a blog, I am a fan of ‘release early, release often’… If readers have questions about particular passages, they will, of course, be answered in the comments. And maybe I should add that a certain versatility in foreign languages is a bit more common in Europe than it may be in the States.

    • Matthew SG permalink*
      4 March 2012 9:11 pm

      Thanks for letting me know that more posts will follow. I will add links to them as they are posted.

      Regarding language, it is definitely the case that command of multiple languages is more commonplace in Europe than in the Unites States or Canada, where I am located (though, amongst Francophones and allophones in particular, a knowledge of two languages is not uncommon in Canada). Since all of the readership of which I am aware is North American I favour the policy of providing a heads up when I link to non-English content.

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