Thought and Language
This chapter examines Anselm's account of thought and language. For him, thinking is a matter of getting objects before one's mind. It is analogous to vision, except that there can be mental vision of nonexistent objects One way in which people bring objects before their minds is the use of language. Anselm's philosophy of language is especially concerned with accounting for cases in which this bringing-before-the-mind, called “signification”, is unusually oblique or problematic.
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