Futuritionis is a latin term which was related to the concept of probability and also of potentiality. Was it related to the future prediction of something?

The full spectrum of terms is: pastness (praeteritionis), presentness (praesentalitatis), and futurity (futuritionis).

1. Mathematical Meaning 

Here's some texts (J. Bernoulli Ars Conjectandi):

Certitudo rei cujusvis spectatur vel objective & in se; nec aliud significat, quam ipsam veritatem existentiae aut futuritionis illius rei: vel subjective & in ordine ad nos; & consistit in mensura cognitionis nostræ circa hanc veritatem. . . . Probabilitas enim est gradus certitudinis, & ab hac differt ut pars a toto.
Translation Sylla p. 315
The certainty of anything is considered either objectively and in itself or subjectively and in relation to us. Objectively, certainty means nothing else than the truth of the present or future existence of the thing. Subjectively, certainty is the measure of our knowledge concerning this truth. . . . Probability, indeed, is degree of certainty, and differs from the latter as a part from the whole.
Translation mine:
The certitude of things obtains either as objective, i.e. essentially, meaning nothing but the reality of the thing's existence or futurity, or subjective, i.e. arranged to us, consisting in the extent of our knowledge about that reality.
Everything under the Sun that is or has been, past, present, or future, in itself and objectively, always has total certitude. It is apparent what is present and past, for in their very existing or having existed, cannot be otherwise. Nor should be argued of future things.

From the DMLBS (http://logeion.uchicago.edu) qua contingenter

  • hic quidem intellectus propheticus est cujus speculum est semper eterna intueri et ab ipso perfici, in quo etsi omnia presentialiter sciebantur, tamen ea que hic preterita sunt aut futura ibi sine preteritione aut futuritione in preteritione et futuritione sua dinoscuntur Ps.-Gros. Gram. 15; 
  • causa vero in actu est quod presencialiter causat rem, causa in potentia que de futuro potest causare, unde actus hic est presencialitas, et potencia sonat in futuritionem Bacon II 129; 
  • ‘quando’ respicit partes temporis signatas, sc. preteritionem et futuritionem Ib. VIII 264; ex dictis patet quomodo solvi debeat ad argumenta ad aliam partem: bene enim probant quod futuracio rei non est causa sciencie Dei; sed ex hoc non sequitur quin concurrat ad hoc quod in sciencia Dei sit relacio racionis per quam habet racionem presciencie Middleton Sent. I 338; c1301 an futurum contingens possit certitudinaliter cognosci alia cognicione quam beatifica. ‥ primo cognicione naturali, quia certitudinem illius cognicionis non impedit futuritio nec contingencia Quaest. Ox. 299; 
  • si voluntas divina esset causa futuritionis omnium futurorum, esset causa veritatis omnium proposicionum verarum, eciam contingencium de futuro Bradw. CD 212C; 
  • ad secundum dicitur quod assumptum est impossibile. cum non sit possibile Deum preordinasse produccionem prime creature, nisi per instans primum cujus est, futuritio non fuit, nec potencia ante actum ‥; quamvis forte futuritio mundi sicud et cujuscumque alterius rei sit eterna a parte ante, nec alia est futuritio, cum res fuerit et alia antequam fuerit, et sic futuritio prime creature est eterna Wycl. Log. III 226; 
  • sic aliqua sunt et necessario existunt, ut Trinitas increata, aliqua sunt et necessario non existunt ut pretericiones, futuritiones, possibilitates Id. Ver. II 128; 
  • 1412 sicut Deus necessitat futuracionem parcium, sic necessitat ad omnes eventus , qui in illis partibus sunt futuri Conc. III 349; 
  • futuritio ergo rei est verum objectum presciencie ut presciencia est Netter DAF I 81a.

2. Theological Meaning

For one thing, the locution Futurition is almost always found in theological treatises. One instance of such discussion is afforded by a lengthy philosophical consideration by Richard Baxter (1615-1691) in An ANSWER TO Mr. Polehill's Exceptions about Futurition.

In Reformed circles: Leidecker, Burman, 

Another example is the Franciscan Bonaventura: ratione futuritionis. (Sent., Bk. I, d. 41, a. 2, q. 1, 4 arg. ad opp.).

Or Aquinas ratio futuritionis futurorum.

Or Tomasz Młodzianowski (1666)
Si autem nulla futura fuissent futura, processisset verbum ex cognitione non futurae futuritionis futurorum.

3. Philosophical Meaning

Kant following Leibniz said:

The events which occur in the world have been determined with such certainty, that divine foreknowledge, which is incapable of being mistaken, apprehends both their futurition (futuritio) and the impossibility of their opposite. New Elucidation 1:400.


Jacob Bernoulli. The Art of Conjecturing, together with Letter to a Friend on Sets in Court Tennis. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2006. Translation of [22] and commentary by Edith Sylla. 9, 99, 100

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