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Signification and Modes of Signifying in Thirteenth-Century Logic: A Preface to Aquinas on Analogy

Signification and Modes of Signifying in Thirteenth-Century Logic: A Preface to Aquinas on Analogy

Ashworth, E.J.

Medieval Philosophy and Theology, vol. 1 (1991)

Abstract

In 1935 M. D. Chenu wrote, “Preoccupied as we are with such leading figures as Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure, we all too easily lose sight of the massive dialectical learning which provided the foundation for both the teaching and the general thought-patterns of thirteenth-century masters.” Unfortunately, Chenu’s words have not been well heeded, and one of the outstanding features of the extensive literature on Aquinas’s doctrine of analogy is the complete absence of any attempt to set him in the context of contemporary logic.

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