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  1.  51 DLs
    Martin Lenz (2008). Why is Thought Linguistic? Ockham's Two Conceptions of the Intellect. Vivarium 46 (3):302-317.
    One of Ockham's fundamental tenets about the human intellect is that its acts constitute a mental language. Although this language of thought shares some of the features of conventional language, thought is commonly considered as prior to conventional language. This paper tries to show that this consensus is seriously challenged in Ockham's early writings. I shall argue that, in claiming the priority of conventional language over mental language, Ockham established a novel explanation of the systematicity of thought—an explanation which anticipates (...)
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    Martin Lenz (2005). Peculiar Perfection: Peter Abelard on Propositional Attitudes. Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (4):377-386.
    : In the course of the debates on Priscian's notion of the perfect sentence, the philosopher Peter Abelard developed a theory that closely resembles modern accounts of propositional attitudes and that goes far beyond the established Aristotelian conceptions of the sentence. According to Abelard, the perfection of a sentence does not depend on the content that it expresses, but on the fact that the content is stated along with the propositional attitude towards the content. This paper tries to provide an (...)
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    Martin Lenz (2007). Are Thoughts and Sentences Compositional? A Controversy Between Abelard and a Pupil of Alberic on the Reconciliation of Ancient Theses on Mind and Language. Vivarium 45 (s 2-3):169-188.
    This paper reconstructs a controversy between a pupil of Alberic of Paris and Peter Abelard which illustrates two competing ways of reconciling different ancient traditions. I shall argue that their accounts of the relation between sentences and thoughts are incompatible with one another, although they rely on the same set of sources. The key to understanding their different views on assertive and non-assertive sentences lies in their disparate views about the structure of thoughts: whereas Abelard takes thoughts to be compositional, (...)
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    Isabel Iribarren & Martin Lenz (eds.) (2008). Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry: Their Function and Significance. Ashgate.
    The first is of a more historical nature, the second of philosophical concern: what was the place occupied by angels in the medieval world-view and what was ...
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    Markus Wild, Martin Lenz & Ruth G. Millikan (2010). Interview. Gedacht wird in der Welt, nicht im Kopf. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 58 (6):981-1000.
    This interview deals with the major themes in the work of Ruth Millikan. Her most fundamental idea is that the intentionality of inner and outer representations can be understood in analogy to biological functions. Another innovative feature is the view that thought and language stand parallel to each other. Thirdly, the basic ideas concerning the ontology and the epistemology of concepts are explained. Millikan aims at clarifying her position by contrasting it with Dretske, Fodor, Sellars, and Brandom. Finally, the interview (...)
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    Martin Lenz & Anik Waldow (eds.) (2013). Contemporary Perspectives on Early Modern Philosophy: Nature and Norms in Thought. Springer Science & Business Media.
    perspectives. But what then can be said about the historical dimension of the question regarding the compatibility of the natural and the normative? Generally speaking, the first thing to note is that early modern works often conjoin what has  ...
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    Martin Lenz (2005). Jeffrey E. Brower Und Kevin Guilfoy (Hrsg.): The Cambridge Companion to Abelard. [REVIEW] Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 10 (1):235-239.
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    Martin Lenz (2005). Jeffrey E. Brower Und Kevin Guilfoy (Hrsg.): The Cambridge Companion to Abelard. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 10 (1):235 - 239.
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    Martin Lenz (2004). Kongreßbericht: The Traditions of Ancient Logic in the Middle Ages. The 15th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics (Trinity College, Cambridge, 1.-4. Juli 2004). [REVIEW] Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 9 (1):203-208.
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    Martin Lenz (2014). Locke contre Leibniz à propos du langage : deux sortes d’externalisme ?Locke vs. Leibniz on language: two kinds of externalism? Methodos 14.
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    Martin Lenz (2004). Hubert schröcker: Das verhältnis der allmacht gottes zum kontradiktionsprinzip nach Wilhelm Von ockham. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 9 (1):227-235.
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    Martin Lenz (2012). Locke’s Theory of Ideas and the Myth of the Given. Quaestio 12:101-122.
    In the wake of Wilfrid Sellars’ philosophy, John Locke’s theory of ideas is often taken to fall prey to the so-called Myth of the Given. The main charge is that Locke appeals to passively received sense impressions to justify knowledge claims and ultimately confuses natural processes with normative conceptual activity. In this paper, I will argue that the accusations are founded on a faulty reading and that Locke’s account does indeed circumvent Givenism without having to abandon the foundationalist ambitions that (...)
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    Martin Lenz (1998). Himmlische Sätze: Die Beweisbarkeit von Glaubenssâtzen nach Wilhelm von Ockham. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 3 (1):99-120.
    In reply to the question whether articles of faith can be demonstrated, William of Ockham articulated a peculiar thesis: Even though it is impossible to prove articles of faith in this life, the blessed in heaven could demonstrate our creditive propositions. In contrast to traditional views, William held that both conclusions drawn in heaven and conclusions drawn in this life are subject to the same criteria. This assumption led to a controversy between William's contemporaries, namely, Walter Chatton and Adam Wodeham, (...)
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    Martin Lenz (1997). Oliver Leffler, Wilhelm von Ockham: Die sprachphilosophischen Grundlagen seines Denkens. [REVIEW] Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 2 (1):294-297.
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    Martin Lenz (1999). Jurgen Goldstein, Nominalismus und Moderne: Zur Konstitution neuzeitlicher Subjektivität bei Hans Blumenberg und Wilhelm von Ockham. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 4 (1):267-270.
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    Martin Lenz (2002). Robert Andrews: The Defensorium Ockham, an Edition; Sten Ebbesen: A Note on Okham's Defender. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 7 (1):261-265.
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    Martin Lenz (1997). Oliver Leffler, Wilhelm von Ockham: Die sprachphilosophischen Grundlagen seines Denkens. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 2 (1):294-297.