How Is Material Supposition Possible?

How Is Material Supposition Possible?

Read, Stephen (University of St. Andrews)

Medieval Philosophy and Theology 8 (1999)


In an insightful article on the medieval theory of supposition, Elizabeth Karger noted a remarkable development in the characterization of the material mode of supposition between William of Ockham and his contemporaries in the early fourteenth century and Paul of Venice and others at the turn of the fifteenth century. For William, material supposition is explicitly ‘non-significative’, while for Paul, every mode of supposition is a kind of signification.

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