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Summary Medieval philosophy of language addresses a wide number of linguistic problems related to notions such as signification, reference, empty reference, analogy and univocity, theories of supposition, ambiguity, quantification, inference, validity, truth-conditions, modal assertions, logical operators, fallacies, dialectical and demonstrative argumentation, semantics and pragmatics, future contingents and paradoxes, as discussed in texts of both linguistic and theological nature. Other widely discussed topics are Priscianic grammar, Augustinian semiotics, angelic locution, divine nomination and mental language. 'Medieval' in this category covers authors as early as Boethius and Augustine and as late as Suárez.
Key works The medieval properties of terms - significatiow (Mora-Márquez 2015) and suppositio (Read 2002). The related problem of aequivocatio. Their role on problems touching upon inferentia (Read 2012) and veritas (Cesalli 2007). The logical analyses of fallaciae (Sten 2001), syllogismus dialecticus and demonstrativus. The definitions and further discussions on syncategoremata. The analysis of typically medieval logical exercises as obligationes, sophismata (Pironet forthcoming) and insolubilia.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic.Catarina Dutilh Novaes & Stephen Read (eds.) - 2016 - Cambridge University Press.
    This volume, the first dedicated and comprehensive companion to medieval logic, covers both the Latin and the Arabic traditions, and shows that they were in fact sister traditions, which both arose against the background of a Hellenistic heritage and which influenced one another over the centuries. A series of chapters by both established and younger scholars covers the whole period including early and late developments, and offers new insights into this extremely rich period in the history of logic. The volume (...)
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    Providence, Temporal Authority, and the Illustrious Vernacular in Dante's Political Philosophy.Jason Aleksander - 2016 - In Nancy van Deusen & Leonard Michael Koff (eds.), Time: Sense, Space, Structure. Leiden: E.J. Brill. pp. 231-260.
    Drawing primarily upon Dante’s three major philosophical treatises (De vulgari eloquentia, Convivio, and Monarchia), this essay explores how Dante’s ethico-political philosophy operates within the crucial tension between the phenomenology of time as the condition for the possibility of human moral development and yet also as, metaphysically speaking, the privation and imitation of eternity. I begin by showing that, in the De vulgari eloquentia, Dante’s understanding of the poetic and rhetorical function of the illustrious vernacular is tied to his political philosophy (...)
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    El conocimiento teológico natural y la teoría del maestro interior en Tomás de Aquino.Javier Eduardo Perna - manuscript
    En la teoría epistémica de Tomás de Aquino la lumen rationis desempeña la función de causa última del inventario completo del conocimiento humano natural. La tesis de acuerdo a la cual esa luz es puesta en nosotros por Dios justifica, de acuerdo al autor, la aserción de que la divinidad es el único y auténtico maestro interior del hombre. Ahora bien, en la visión beatífica la lumen naturale es perfeccionada por una luz sobrenatural, y la unión cognitiva con lo conocido (...)
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    El Teólogo y el búho. La teología aenigmatica de Tomás de Aquino.Javier Eduardo Perna - manuscript
    A lo largo de la obra de Tomás de Aquino es posible encontrar cierta tensión textual en torno a la posibilidad de conocer de manera natural la esencia divina. Por un lado el teólogo parece afirmar que, precisamente, no podemos conocer acerca de Dios qué es, sino solo qué no es. Pero, por otra parte, existe evidencia textual de que habría sostenido la posibilidad de un conocimiento quiditativo imperfecto. En tanto y en cuanto el matiz más positivo suele aparecer con (...)
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    A Category Semantics.Paul Symington - 2018 - In Paul Hackett (ed.), Mereologies, Ontologies, and Facets. New York: Lexington Books. pp. 65-85.
    In this paper, I present a categorial theory of meaning which asserts that the meaning of a sentence is the function from the actualization of some potentiality or the potentiality of some actuality to the truth of the sentence. I argue that it builds on the virtues of David Lewis’s Possible World Semantics but advances beyond problems that Lewis’s theory faces with its distinctly Aristotelian turn toward actuality and potentiality.
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    The Analogical Logic of Discovery and the Aristotelian Epistemic Principle.Paul Symington - 2015 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 89 (2):195-222.
    In this paper, I focus on the important semantic components involved in analogy in hopes of providing an epistemic ground for predicating names of God analogously. To this task, I address a semantic/epistemic problem, which concludes that the doctrine of analogy lacks epistemological grounding insofar as it presupposes a prior understanding of God in order to sufficiently alter a given concept to be proportionate to God. In hopes of avoiding this conclusion, I introduce Aquinas’s specifically semantic aspects that follow after (...)
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    Categories and Modes of Being: A Discussion of Robert Pasnau’s Metaphysical Themes.Paul Symington - 2014 - In Gyula Klima & Alexander Hall (eds.), Medieval Themes, Medieval and Modern Volume 11: Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 32-69.
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    Thomas Aquinas on Establishing the Identity of Aristotle’s Categories.Paul Symington - 2008 - In Lloyd Newton (ed.), Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s Categories. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 119-144.
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    The Nature of Naming and the Analogy of Being: McInerny and the Denial of a Proper Analogy of Being.Paul Symington - 2007 - International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (1):91-102.
    This paper addresses the question of whether there is a proper analogy of being according to both meaning and being. I disagree with Ralph McInerny’s understanding of how things are named through concepts and argue that McInerny’s account does not allow for the thing represented by the name to be known in itself. In his understanding of analogy, only ideas of things may be known. This results in a wholesale inability to name things at all and thereby forces McInerny to (...)
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    Finalidade e Funções da Linguagem em Agostinho de Hipona.Diana Couto - 2015 - Civitas Augustiniana 1 (4):11-19.
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    Eugenio Coseriu: Geschichte der Sprachphilosophie. Von den Anfängen Bis Rousseau.Klaus Kahnert - 2005 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 10:239-242.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    Tomášova Teorie Predikace ve Světle Obecné Sémantické Teorie : A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism.Petr Dvořák - 2004 - Studia Neoaristotelica 1 (1/2):162-166.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    Uma Tradução da Grammatica Speculativa de Tomá de Erfurt para o Português: Acompanhada de um Estudo Introdutório, Nosta e Glossário.Alessandro Jocelito Beccari - 2013 - Dissertation, UFPR, Brazil
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    Syncatégorèmes, concepts, équivocité.Paul Bakker - 1996 - Vivarium 34 (1):76-131.
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    Per velamina veritatis.Guido Alliney - 2000 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 4 (1):97-97.
    A long philosophical tradition has regarded the use of metaphorical utterances as a stylistic figuration without any cognitive aspect. Metaphors are categorial mistakes diverting the ordinary usage of concepts, and therefore are in logical opposition to standard meaning. However, a metaphor can be regarded not only as a vague linguistic enunciation, but also as a significant process of thought. In other words, metaphor is a figure of the mind, a necessary way of thinking, because the language-world relation is not bijective. (...)
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    Aliquid Amplius Audire Desiderat: Desire in Abelard’s Theory of Incomplete and Non-Assertive Complete Sentences.Luisa Valente - 2015 - Vivarium 53 (2-4):221-248.
    _ Source: _Volume 53, Issue 2-4, pp 221 - 248 One of the peculiarities of Peter Abelard’s analysis of incomplete and non-assertive sentences is his use of the notion of desire: in both _Dialectica_ and _Glosses on Peri hermeneias_ the terms _desiderium_ and _desidero_ move to the foreground side by side with _optatio, expectatio, suspensio_ and the related verbs. Desire plays a structural role in Abelard’s descriptions of the compositional way in which the linguistic message is received, changing step by (...)
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    Die causa essentialis-Theorie als Grundlage der Sprachtheorie?: Sprachmodelle des Dietrich von Freiberg und Meister Eckharts.Tamar Tsopurashvili - 2015 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 18 (1):108-129.
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    Review of Claude Panaccio, Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham.Eric W. Hagedorn - 2017 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2017.
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    Duns Scotus’s Account of a Propter Quid Science of the Categories.Lloyd Newton - 2004 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:145-160.
    In this paper, I examine Scotus’s claim that the categories are the subject of a propter quid science. In order to see the significance of this claim, I first trace the development of the idea that the categories are the subject of a science from Martin of Denmark, Peter of Auvergne, and Simon of Faversham. I then turn toDuns Scotus’s account of the categories as the subject of a propter quid science. Throughout the discussion, I concentrate on the fundamental problems (...)
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    Duns Scotus's Account of a Propter Quid Science of the Categories.Lloyd Newton - 2004 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:145-160.
    In this paper, I examine Scotus’s claim that the categories are the subject of a propter quid science. In order to see the significance of this claim, I first trace the development of the idea that the categories are the subject of a science from Martin of Denmark, Peter of Auvergne, and Simon of Faversham. I then turn toDuns Scotus’s account of the categories as the subject of a propter quid science. Throughout the discussion, I concentrate on the fundamental problems (...)
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    Peter of Auvergne's Commentary on Aristotle's "Categories": Edition, Translation, and Analysis.Robert R. Andrews - 1988 - Dissertation, Cornell University
    This study comprises an analysis of the Categories commentary of Peter of Auvergne, based upon an edition from the manuscripts, and supplemented by a translation. Much information about other Categories commentaries has been included to place the work in its historical and philosophical perspective. ;Peter of Auvergne, active in Paris in the late thirteenth century, had a long career as an Aristotelian commentator and continuator of Thomas Aquinas. His Categories commentary provides me the occasion to survey the genre of Categories (...)
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    Talking About What is No More. Texts by Peter of Cornwall , Richard of Clive, Simon of Faversham, and Radulphus Brito.S. Ebbesen - 1987 - Cahiers de l'Institut du Moyen-Âge Grec Et Latin 55:135-168.
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    Simon of Faversham, Quaestiones super Libro Elenchorum. [REVIEW]A. Pattin - 1986 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 48:501.
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    Simon of faversham, "quaestiones super libro elenchorum", S. Ebbesen - T. izbicki - J. Longeway - F. Del punta - E. Serene - E. Stump eds. [REVIEW]L. Pozzi - 1985 - Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 77:173.
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    Simon of Faversham's Questions on the "Posterior Analytics": A Thirteenth-Century View of Science.John Lee Longeway - 1977 - Dissertation, Cornell University
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    Simonis de Faversham. Quaestiones super tertium " De Anima".D. Sharp - 1934 - Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Âge 9.
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    Alain de Libera, La référence vide. Théories de la proposition, Paris, PUF, coll. « Chaire Étienne Gilson », 2002, 357 pages. [REVIEW]Frederic Tremblay - 2005 - Philosophiques 32 (1):282-284.
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    C. Reinhard Hülsen, Zur Semantik Anaphorischer Pronomina. Untersuchungen Scholastischer & Moderner Theorien, Leiden-New York-Köln 1994, Xii + 470 S. ISBN 90 04098 321. [REVIEW]Dominik Perler - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):254-257.
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    Kongreßbericht: The Traditions of Ancient Logic in the Middle Ages. The 15th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics.Martin Lenz - 2004 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 9:203-208.
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    Sten Ebbesen , Sprachtheorien in Spätantike Und Mittelalter, Tübingen 1995, 408 Pp., ISBN 3 87808 673 3. [REVIEW] Kelly - 1995 - Vivarium 33 (2):249-254.
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    „Debeo tibi equum“ Analýza slibů v terministické sémantice čtrnáctého století: A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism.Miroslav Hanke - 2011 - Studia Neoaristotelica 8 (2):189-210.
    The construction of mediaeval semantic theories is based on defining semantic concepts introduced by means of paradigmatic examples. One of the commonly discussed expressions is the promise “Debeo tibi equum”. This study deals with analyses of this proposition in fourteenth century logic done by means of instruments of terminist semantics. We may distinguish between realist and nominalist analyses, the nominalist may further be classified according to how the propositional context is interpreted – whether as extensional, intensional or hyperintensional. If we (...)
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    Cassantes v historické a systematické reflexi: A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism.Miroslav Hanke - 2008 - Studia Neoaristotelica 5 (2):132-164.
    The article deals with the analysis of one medieval solution of semantic paradoxes, namely with the position of the so-called “cassantes”. The solution is based upon designating problematical sentences to be agrammatical and thus “saying nothing”: paradoxes are solved by means of deyning apparent truth-apts. Theoretically fundamental supposition of this step is drawing the distinction between grammatical and logical structure of a sentence, or the distinction between a sentence and a statement. Remarkable analogies can also be shown between this distinction (...)
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    Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory. [REVIEW]Marilyn Migiel - 1992 - Speculum 67 (1):132-133.
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    Simon of Faversham's Sophisma Universale Est Intentio. A Supplementary Note.Jan Pinborg - 1971 - Mediaeval Studies 33 (1):360-364.
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    Simon of Faversham's Sophisma: "Universale Est Intentio".Tetsuo Yokoyama - 1969 - Mediaeval Studies 31 (1):1-14.
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    Terms, Properties Of.Egbert Bos - 2011 - In H. Lagerlund (ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer. pp. 1250--1258.
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    The Circle of John Mair: Logic and Logicians in Pre‐Reformation Scotland.Emily Michael & Fred Michael - 1986 - Philosophical Books 27 (3):144-146.
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    The Mirror of Language.Edward L. Rousseau - 1970 - New Scholasticism 44 (2):304-309.
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    The Mirror of Language: A Study in the Medieval Theory of Knowledge. By Marcia L. Colish.Lee C. Rice - 1969 - Modern Schoolman 46 (4):344-346.
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    The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts: Volume 1, Logic and the Philosophy of Language.Norman Kretzmann & Eleonore Stump (eds.) - 1989 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is the first of a three-volume anthology intended as a companion to The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. Volume 1 is concerned with the logic and the philosophy of language, and comprises fifteen important texts on questions of meaning and inference that formed the basis of Medieval philosophy. As far as is practicable, complete works or topically complete segments of larger works have been selected. The editors have provided a full introduction to the volume and detailed introductory headnotes (...)
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    Anonymus Domus Petri 206’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Categories.Heine Hansen - 2008 - Cahiers de l'Institut du Moyen-Âge Grec Et Latin 78:111-203.
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