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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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Returning to Logica

Returning to Logica

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(p.81) 5 Returning to Logica
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Abelard and Heloise
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Constant J. Mews (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195156889.003.0006

Returning to Logica. This chapter examines the Logica ‘Ingredientibus’, a series of commentaries on Porphyry, Aristotle, and Boethius more profound than any of his earlier glosses. I argue that in these commentaries Abelard adopts a much more profound theory of universals and of other parts of speech than in the Dialectica. Rather than emphasizing differences of opinion with William of Champeaux, they demonstrate how far Abelard had come to distance himself from the arguments of Boethius. Instead of speaking uniquely about dialectic, he is now interested in logica, the arts of language in general.

Keywords:   Abelard, Porphyry, Aristotle, Boethius, dialectic, William of Champeaux, universals

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