A First Glance at Albert the Great’s Teachings on Analogy of Words

A First Glance at Albert the Great’s Teachings on Analogy of Words

Tremblay, Bruno (Universite Laval)

Medieval Philosophy and Theology, vol. 5, no. 2 (1996)


Although any fair-minded reader will readily admit that Albert the Great was surpassed in solidity and clarity by his most famous pupil, Thomas Aquinas, his writings are generally of a richness that can be challenged only by a small number of philosophers. There is much to learn from Albert’s works, whether one’s interests are philosophical or merely historical. It is certainly no exaggeration to claim that he always provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on philosophical matters, if only by the questions that he likes to raise, however unsatisfactorily he may sometimes answer them. My purpose here is to examine his teachings on a problem that has aroused a considerable amount of interest among the modern interpreters of Aquinas: analogy of words. What Albert the Great said on analogy of words, however, suffers along with most of his works, especially those concerning logic, from being little known.

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