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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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(p.41) 3 Truth

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Anselm's account of truth, which not only completes his theory of signification but also introduces the notion of rectitude that is the cornerstone of Anselm's understanding of freedom, morality, sin, and redemption. He deploys the concept of rectitude to assimilate all the various manifestations of truth—in statements, opinions, wills, actions, the senses, and the being of things—to each other and, in the end, to the supreme Truth. His theory invokes two correspondences. A statement is true when it corresponds both to the way things are and to the purpose of making statements.

Keywords:   signification, rectitude, supreme Truth, De veritate

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