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Constant J. Mews

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195156889.001.0001

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Challenging Tradition

Challenging Tradition

The Dialectica

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(p.43) 3 Challenging Tradition
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Abelard and Heloise
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Constant J. Mews (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195156889.003.0004

Challenging Tradition: the Dialectica. This chapter examines Abelard’s Dialectica, his first major treatise on dialectic. The treatise is structured around an analysis both of the major parts of speech, categories and of different kinds of argument, categorical and hypothetical. It argues that a driving theme is Abelard’s desire to counter the philosophically realist arguments presented by William of Champeaux.

Keywords:   Abelard, William of Champeaux, dialectic, categories, argument, Aristotle, Boethius, realism

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