Thomas White on Location and the Ontological Status of Accidents

Han Thomas Adriaenssen*

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The work of Thomas White represents a systematic attempt to combine the best of the new science of the seventeenth century with the best of Aristotelianism. This attempt earned him the criticism of Hobbes and the praise of Leibniz, but today, most of his attempts to navigate between traditions remain to be explored in detail. This chapter does this for his ontology of accidents. It argues that his criticism of accidents in the category of location as entities over and above substances was likely aimed at Francisco Suárez, and shows how White’s worries about the analysis of location were linked with his broader cosmological views. White rejects real qualities, but holds that the quantity of a substance is in some way distinct from its bearer. This reveals a common ground with some of his scholastic interlocutors, but lays bare his disagreement with thinkers like Descartes on the nature of matter.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-36
TijdschriftOxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy
StatusPublished - 1-jul.-2021

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