Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (3):365-385 (1998)
Peter Abelard and the Metaphysics of Essential Predication IAN WILKS ON SEVERAL CRITICAL OCCASIONS in his philosophical and theological musings,' we find Abelard having recourse to what is at heart the same philosophical simile -- in one instance drawing comparison to a stone statue, in another to a bronze statue, in a third to a wax image. The common point of comparison is obvious; each of these examples gives us a case where some physical material has come to receive some manner of shape . The doctrine illustrated by these means is not, as might be supposed, a conventional Aristotelian form/matter metaphys- ics . What , The various Abelardian texts discussed in this paper are cited by the following abbreviations: D = Dialectica, 2nd ed. rev., ed. L. M. De Rijk ; DP = Dialogus inter philosophum, Iudaeum, et Christianum, ed. Rudolf Thomas ; E = Peter Abelard's "Ethics, "ed. and trans. David Luscombe ; E H = Expositio in Hexameron, PL x 78:73 IA- 784A; LI = Peter Abaelards philosophische Schriften t: Die Logica *ingredientibus, "ed. Bernhard Geyer, Beitr~ige zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Theologie des Mittelalters 21.1- 3 (Mfinster:..
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