- The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy
- The Late Ancient Background to Medieval Philosophy
- Greek Philosophy
- Arabic Philosophy and Theology before Avicenna
- Avicenna and Afterwards
- Averroes and Philosophy in Islamic Spain
- Medieval Jewish Philosophy in Arabic
- Jewish Philosophy in Hebrew
- Latin Philosophy to 1200
- Latin Philosophy, 1200–1350
- Latin Philosophy, 1350–1550
- Medieval Philosophy after the Middle Ages
- Logical Form
- Logical Consequence
- Meaning: Foundational and Semantic Theories
- Mental Language
- States of Affairs
- Parts, Wholes and Identity
- Material Substance
- Mind and Hylomorphism
- Body and Soul
- Scepticism and Metaphysics
- Freedom of the Will
- Moral Intention
- Virtue and Law
- Natural Law
- Arguments for the Existence of God
- Philosophy and the Trinity
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This article points to some of the ways in which future research into medieval philosophy might help the discussion of eternity break out of its present confines, and examines some modern takes on Boethius, Neoplatonic influences, historicity, and sempiternity. It notes that the Middle Ages' enquiries into the nature of eternity were invariably and intimately intertwined with ontological concerns. Another observation that arises from a comparison of the historical and contemporary readings is that, at the heart of the controversy regarding the temporal and atemporal interpretations of eternity, is a fundamental difference in philosophical intuitions regarding questions of time and knowledge.
Taneli Kukkonen is Professor of Philosophy at New York University Abu Dhabi. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oneworld, 2014) and over thirty research articles and book chapters on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions.
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