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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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Thought and Language

Thought and Language

(p.26) (p.27) 2 Thought and Language

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   signification, Anselm's thinking, Anselm's philosophy, Anselm's thought theory, appellation

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