Selected Bibliography on Abelard's Logic and Ontology. First Part A - L
For Abelard's contributions to the theories of supposition and mental language see: Medieval Theories of
Supposition (Reference) and Mental Language.
- Abélard. Le 'Dialogue'. La Philosophie De La Logique. Neuchâtel: Secrétariat de l'Université, 1981.
Actes du Colloque de Neuchâtel 16-17 novembre 1979.
Table des matières: Introduction 1; I. Maurice de Gandillac: Le "Dialogue" 3; II. Sofia Vanni Rovighi: Intentionnel et universel chez Abelard 21: III. Jean Jolivet: Abélard et Guillaume d'Ockham,
lecteurs de Porphyre 31; IV. Alain de Libera: Abélard et le dictisme 59; V. Guido Küng: Abélard et les vues actuelles sur les universaux 119; Index des noms 129-131.
- "Peter Abelard." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2007): 162-338.
Special Issue edited by Jeffrey E. Brower.
Contents: Jeffrey E. Brower: Editor's Introduction 162; Peter King: Abelard on Mental Language 169; Ian Wilks: Abelard on Context and Signification 189; Andrew Arlig: Abelard's Assault on Everyday
Objects 209; John Marenbon: Abelard's Changing Thoughts on Sameness and Difference in Logic and Theology 229; Jeffrey Hause: Abelard on Degrees of Sinfulness 251; Sean Eisen Murphy: "The Law was
Given for the Sake of Life": Peter Abelard on the Law of Moses 271; A.L. Griffioen: "In Accordance with the Law": Reconciling Divine and Civil Law in Abelard 307; Margaret Cameron: Abelard (and
Heloise?) on Intention 323-338.
- Arlig Andrew W. "A Study in Early Medieval Mereology: Boethius, Abelard, and Pseudo-Joscelin." Ohio State University, 2005.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation.
See Chapter 4. Abelard's Mereology and Its Role in Metaphysics pp. 141-242.
"The study of parts and wholes, or mereology, occupies two of the best philosophical minds of twelfth-century Europe, Abelard and Pseudo-Joscelin. But the contributions of Abelard and Pseudo-Joscelin
cannot be adequately assessed until we come to terms with the mereological doctrines of the sixth century philosopher Boethius. Apart from providing the general mereological background for the
period, Boethius influences Abelard and Pseudo-Joscelin in two crucial respects. First, Boethius all but omits mention of the classical Aristotelian concept of form. Second, Boethius repeatedly
highlights a rule which says that if a part is removed, the whole is removed as well. Abelard makes many improvements upon Boethius. His theory of static identity accounts for the relations of
sameness and difference that hold between a thing and its part. His theory of identity also provides a solution to the problem of material constitution. With respect to the problem of persistence,
Abelard assimilates Boethius' rule and proposes that the loss of any part entails the annihilation of the whole. More precisely, Abelard thinks that the matter of things suffers annihilation upon the
gain or loss of even one part. He also holds that many structured wholes, namely artifacts, are strictly dependent upon their parts. Yet Abelard insists that human beings survive a variety of
mereological changes. Abelard is silent about objects which are neither artifacts nor persons. I argue that Abelard has the theoretical resources to provide an account of the persistence of these
types of object, so long as some forms are ontologically robust. Pseudo-Joscelin rejects the thesis that the removal of any part entails the destruction of the whole. The annihilation of a whole
follows only from the removal of essential parts. Pseudo-Joscelin employs two basic principles in his theory of persistence. First, forms and the functions encoded in them play a primary role in
identity and persistence. He also makes use of a genetic criterion. Pseudo-Joscelin expands both principles and employs them when he vigorously defends the thesis that a universal is a concrete whole
composed of particulars from Abelard's criticisms."
- ———. "Abelard's Assault on Everyday Objects." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2007): 209-227.
"Abelard repeatedly claims that no thing can survive the gain or loss of parts. I outline Abelard's reasons for holding this controversial position. First, a change of parts compromises the matter of
the object. Secondly, a change in matter compromises the form of the object. Given that both elements of an object are compromised by any gain or loss of a part, the object itself is compromised by
any such change. An object that appears to survive change is really a series of related, but non-identical, objects. I argue that, for Abelard, this series of objects is not itself an object.
Finally, I examine an apparent exception to Abelard's claim that no thing can survive a gain or loss of parts, and I show that this specific case does not undermine his general thesis."
- Astroh Michael. "Petrus Abaelardus on Modalities De Re and De Dicto." In Potentialität Und
Possibilität. Modalaussagen in Der Geschichte Der Metaphysik, edited by Buchheim, Thomas, Henri, Kneepkens Corneille and Lorenz, Kuno. 79-95. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 2001.
"The distinction between modalities de re and de dicto Abaelard discusses in his Glossae super Peri hermeneias (1) presents itself as a topic of traditional predication
theory. The two varieties of alethic modality are bound to opposite forms of predication. In spite of their uniform linguistic appearance their basic structures are different. Modal propositions de
dicto are semantically, not just grammatically, impersonal whereas modal propositions de re are truly personal constructions.(2) Nevertheless Abaelard explains the meaning, scope and purpose of
according modal operators in so uniform a manner that he can set forth rules of inference between modal propositions de re and their logical correspondents de dicto.
A systematic presentation of Abaelard's theory pertains to all constitutive features of predication. The grammatical, but even more so the semantical, impersonality or personality of a categorical
proposition, its quality and if appropriate its quantity, and finally its temporality and existential presupposition -- each of these features predetermines the manner in which modalities de re or de
dicto contribute to a proposition's meaning and validity. These basic aspects of Abaelard's account of predication do not obstruct his intuitive conception of alethic modality as determining either
de re or de dicto a predicate's inherence or remotion.(3)" p. 79
(1) The text of the relevant treatise will be quoted according to its critical edition by Klaus Jacobi and Christian Strub: Petrus Abaelardus, Glossae super Peri
Hermeneias, Turnhout: Brepols (Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio mediaevalis), forthcoming. As this new edition presents the text with reference to the edition by L. Minio-Paluello:
Twelfth Century Logic. Texts and Studies. Vol. 2: Abaelardiana Inedita, 1. Glosse Magistri Petri Abaelardi super Periermeneias Rome 1958,
quotations will refer to the latter one (abbreviated with: G).
(2) For Abaelard's account of semantical impersonality cf. Klaus Jacobi, "Diskussionen über unpersonliche Aussagen in Peter Abaelards Kommentar zu Peri Hermeneias", in: E. P. Bos (ed.), Mediaeval Semantics and Metaphysics. Studies dedicated to L. M. De Rijk on the occasion of his 60th Birthday, Nijmegen 1985, 1-63.
(3) The usage of this distinction draws on Abaelard's terminology in Dialectica, cf. for example 191,6. The text of Dialectica is quoted with
reference to the De Rijk edition: Petrus Abaelardus, Dialectica, ed. L. M. de Rijk, Assen 1970 (abbreviated with: D).
- Ballanti Graziella. Pietro Abelardo. La Rinascita Scolastica Del 12. Secolo. Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1995.
- Beonio Brocchieri Fumagalli Maria Teresa. The Logic of Abelard. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1970.
Translated from the Italian: La logica di Abelardo, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 1964 (second editon with a new foreword 1969) by Simon Pleasance.
Contents: Premise V; Foreword to the Second Edition VII; Introduction 1; I. What Abelard Means by Logic 13; II. The Problem of Meaning 28; III. The Meaning of Universal Nouns 42; IV. The Meaning of
the Proposition 71; V. The 'Argumentatio' 80; Appendix: Abaelardiana Inedita 90; Bibliography 100; Index of Names 101.
"The purely 'philosophical' importance of logical Abelardian research has been emphasized by Mario Dal Pra in his introduction to the edition of the Glosse Letterali. In
this volume it seems important in my eyes to illustrate not only the interest of Abelardian dialectic techniques (which are at times penetrated by positions which are still realistic), but also, and
above all, the importance of his total attitude towards the 'scientia scientiarum', stated in advance by a freer and braver mentality that is later to use this instrument for its rigorous definition
of philosophical research.
When studying Abelardian dialectic I have preferred to follow the line of development of his inquiry, from meaning to syllogistic calculation. This line does not, however, coincide perfectly with the
expositive progress of the various commentaries, from the Isagoge to the Boetian texts; the trail has thus been marked out for me by some of the Palatine Master's
statements rather than by the order of the comments.
The perspective of this research is, generally speaking, given from the viewpoint of contemporary formal logic, a viewpoint that is nevertheless implicit, even, I think, if it is at work in inquiry.
In fact, in an attempt to have a clearer picture of the historical importance of the author and his meaning in a dialogue which is mediaeval, I have tried, as far as possible, to keep the language
constantly in the tone of those times, and I have tried to avoid certain equations - unprecise and sterile in my opinion - between Abelardian logical formulae and contemporary logical formulae. I
hope that what will be of interest from a modern viewpoint is Abelard's total attitude." (Premise, p. V).
- ———. Introduzione a Abelardo. Bari: Laterza, 1974.
Second revised and updated edition 1988; translted in English as The Logic of Abelard.
- ———. "La Relation Entre Logique, Physique Et Théologie." In Peter Abelard. Proceedings of the International Conference: Louvain, May 10-12, 1971,
edited by Buytaert, Éloi Marie. 153-163. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1974.
- ———. "Sull'unità Dell'opera Abelardiana." Rivista Critica di Storia della Filosofia 34 (1979): 429-438.
- Bertelloni Francisco. "Pars Destruens. Las Críticas De Abelardo Al Realismo En La Primera Parte De La Lógica 'Ingredientibus'." Patristica et
Mediaevalia 7 (1986): 49-64.
"This paper analyzes the first part of the "Logica ingredientibus" of Peter Abelard. First the author intends to show the triple structure of his philosophical method (exposition, critique, and
resolution). Secondly he expounds the critical part of this structure. Thirdly an attempt is made to outline the antirealists arguments of Abelard."
- ———. "Pars Construens. La Solución De Abelardo Al Problema Del Universal En La Primera Parte De La Lógica `Ingredientibus' (1* Part)." Patristica et
Mediaevalia 8 (1987): 39-60.
- ———. "Pars Construens. La Solución De Abelardo Al Problema Del Universal En La Primera Parte De La Logica 'Ingredientibus' (2* Part)." Patristica et
Mediaevalia 9 (1988): 3-25.
- Bertola Ermenegildo. "Le Critiche Di Abelardo Ad Anselmo Di Laon Ed a Guglielmo Di Champeaux." Rivista di Filosofia Neoscolastica 52 (1960):
- Biard Joël. "Logique Et Psychologie Dans Le De Intellectibus D'abélard." In Pierre Abélard. Colloque International De
Nantes, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Habrias, Henri. 309-320. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.
- Bird Otto. "The Logical Interest of the Topics as Seen in Abelard." Modern Schoolman 37 (1960): 53-57.
- Blackwell Daniel F. Non-Ontological Constructs. The Effects of Abaelard's Logical and Ethical Theories on His Ttheology. A Study in Meaning and
Verification. Bern: Peter Lang, 1988.
- Boler John F. "Abailard and the Problem of Universals." Journal of the History of Philosophy 1 (1963): 37-52.
- Brower Jeffrey E. "Medieval Theories of Relations before Aquinas: 'Categories' Commentaries, A.D. 510--1250 (Aristotle, Boethius, Peter Abelard, Saint
Albertus Magnus)." University of Iowa, 1996.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation available at ProQuest Dissertation Express.
- ———. "Abelard's Theory of Relations: Reductionism and the Aristotelian Tradition." Review of Metaphysics 51 (1998): 605-631.
"In what follows I focus on the work of Peter Abelard (1079-1142), an influential medieval logician who developed his theory of relations in the course of commenting on Categories 7.(4) Like other Aristotelians, Abelard accepts the view that relations are reducible to the monadic properties of related things. On his theory, however, the relation
between Simmias and Socrates is not to be explained by a set of peculiar monadic properties--say, being-taller-than-Socrates and being-shorter-than-Simmias. Rather it is to be explained by a pair of
ordinary heights--say, being-six-feet-tall in the case of Simmias and being-five-feet-ten in the case of Socrates. Indeed, according to Abelard, the relation between Simmias and Socrates is nothing
over and above the possession by these individuals of their respective heights.
Although Abelard commits himself to a form of reductionism about relations, we shall see that his theory is perfectly compatible with the advances made by twentieth-century logicians. Abelard is
careful to distinguish questions about ontology from questions about logic, and to commit himself to reducing relations only at the level of ontology. Thus, he argues that Simmias's being taller than
Socrates is nothing but Simmias, Socrates, and their respective heights. Nonetheless, he denies that relational statements of the form "Simmias is taller than Socrates" can be reduced to complex
non-relational statements of the form "Simmias is six-feet-tall and Socrates is five-feet-ten."
The rest of the paper is divided into three parts. As will emerge, there is an important distinction to be drawn between Abelard's theory of relations and his account of relatives. hi the first part
of the paper (sections I-II), I present and explain the account of relatives. Here I focus on one of Abelard's most important logical works, his Logica `ingredientibus,' but since the relevant
portion of this work follows the subject matter and arrangement of Categories 7, I begin with a brief sketch of Aristotle's text. In the second part of the paper (sections
III-V), I indicate what Abelard's account of relatives tells us about his own theory of relations. Although, this requires some reconstruction on my part, it is possible to determine with some
accuracy to what sort of theory he committed himself. In the third and final part of the paper (sections VI-VII), I turn to the defense of Abelard's theory. My purpose in this last part is to begin
the project of rehabilitating a much denigrated tradition in the history of philosophy." pp.605-606.
- Brower Jeffrey E., and Guilfoy Kevin, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Abelard. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Contents: List of contributors XI; Method of citation and abbreviations XIV; Acknowledgments XVII; Chronology XVIII; Jeffrey E. Brower and Kevin Guilfoy: Introduction 1; 1. John Marenbon: Life.
milieu, and intellectual contexts 13; 2. Winthrop Wetherbee: Literary works 45; 3. Peter King: Metaphysics 65; 4. Klaus Jacobi: Philosophy of language 126; 5. Christopher J. Martin: Logic 158; 6.
Kevin Guilfoy: Mind and cognition 200; 7. Jeffrey E. Brower: Trinity 223; 8. Thomas Williams: Sin, grace and redemption 258; 9. William E. Mann: Ethics 279; 10. Yukio Iwakuma: Influence 305; List of
Abelard's writings 336; Bibliography 341; Index 357-362.
- Brumberg-Chaumont Julie. "Sémantiques Du Nom Propre: Sources Anciennes Et Discussions Médiévales À L'époque D'abélard." Histoire Épistémologie Langage
29 (2007): 137-166.
"La question de la signification des noms propres joue un rôle de révélateur dans l'analyse médiévale du problème des universaux et de l'individuation. À la jonction de la grammaire et de la logique,
elle hérite des Institutions de Priscien et des commentaires sur l'Organon de Boèce un ensemble d'éléments doctrinaux, plus ou moins convergents ou contradictoires, à partir desquels elle construit
une sémantique originale, qui culmine avec l'oeuvre d'Abélard. Cette approche inédite, fondée sur une réélaboration des relations entre substance, qualité, signification et nomination pose
essentiellement la question du rôle de la qualité particulière, souvent appelée « platonitas » et pensée comme une collection d'accident, dans la signification des noms propres de substances
- ———. "Le Problème Du Substrat Des Accidents Constitutifs Dans Les Commentaires a L' Isagoge D'abélard Et Du Pseudo-Raban (P3)." In Compléments De Substance. Études Sur Les Propriétés Accidentelles Offertes À Alain De Libera, edited by Erismann, Christophe and Schniewind, Alexandrine. 67-84. Paris: Vrin, 2008.
Comme l'a souligné A. de Libera (L'Art des géneéralités, Paris, Aubier 1999, p. 319-329), Abélard critique dans les Gloses sur Porphyre la
théorie de l'essence matérielle (notée TEM) en soulignant son incapacité à répondre à la question du sujet d'inhérence des propriétés constitutives, qu'il s'agisse de l'espèce (et donc, des
différences spécifiques) ou des individus (et donc, des accidents individuels). Un autre commentaire à l'Isagoge, souvent associé à la TEM et attribué au Pseudo-Raban
(alias P3), tente de répondre à cette double difficulté. Nous proposons d'étudier les solutions que ce texte tente d'apporter, car elles permettent, selon nous, de mieux
comprendre la réfutation d'Abélard, et de prendre la mesure de la pertinence de ses attaques." (p. 67)
- Buytaert Éloi Marie, ed. Peter Abelard. Proceedings of the International Conference: Louvain, May 10-12, 1971. Leuven: University Press, 1974.
Contents: Preface VII Programme VIII; List of members XI-XIV; G. Verbeke: Introductory Conference: Peter Abelard and the Concept of Subjectivity 1; L. Engels: Abélard ecrivain 12; T. Gregory: Abélard
et Platon 38; D. E. Luscombe: The Ethics of Abelard: Some Further Considerations 65; M. Kurdzialek: Beurteilung der Philosophie im "Dialogus inter Philosophum, Iudaeum et
Christianum" 85; R. Thomas: Die meditative Dialektik im "Dialogus inter Philosophum, Iudaeum et Christianum" 99; R. Peppermüller: Exegetische Traditionen and theologische Neuansätze in Abaelards
Kommentar zum Römerbrief 116; E. M. Buytaert: Abelard's Trinitarian Doctrine 127; M. T. Beonio-Brocchieri Fumagalli: La relation entre logique, physique et théologie 153; J. Jolivet: Comparaison des
théories du langage chez Abélard et chez les Nominalistes du XIVe siècle 163; Index Auctorum 179-181.
- Calefato Patrizia. "Dimensione Semantica E Problema Della Comunicazione in Pietro Abelardo." In Linguistica Medievale. Anselmo D'aosta, Abelardo, Tommaso
D'aquino, Pietro Ispano, Gentile Da Congoli, Occam, edited by Corvino, Francesco. 13-53. Bari: Adriatica, 2006.
- Castello Dubra Julio A. "Ontología Y Gnoseología En La Logica Ingredientibus De Pedro Abelardo." Anales del Seminario de Historia
de la Filosofia 43 (2004): 43-50.
"The paper deals with the section of Peter Abaelard's Glossae super Porphyrium concerning the three questions about the universals. The pars destruens, in which Abaelard
criticizes the realistic doctrines of William of Champeaux, does not have a merely negative function, but it tries to reach the starting-point of Abaelard's own position, namely, that things differ
not only in their forms or accidents, but also in their matters or essences. When he speaks of the image of the universal term, he does not explain the process of the
elaboration of the universal concept starting
from the thing, but he rather refers to the intellectual signification of terms, in so far as they "produce intellections". This default could be explained because of the fact that, in Abaelard's
view, the human intelligence hardly ever or never grasps the essences of things."
- Clanchy Michael T. Abelard. A Medieval Life. Malden: Blackwell, 2008.
Contents: Preface XI; Map of France in Abelard's time XIV; Map of Paris in Abelard's time XVI; 1. The Story of Abelard 1; Part I. Scientia - 'Knowledge'. Chronological
table 1079-1117 24; 2. Scientia - 'Knowledge' 25; 3. Literate 41; 4 Master 65; 5. Logician 95; Part II. Experimentum - 'Experience'.
Chronological table 1117-1118 120; 6. Experimentum - 'Experience' 121; 7. Knight 130; 8. Lover 149; 9. Man 173; Part III. Religio - 'Religion'.
Chronological table 1118-1142 204; 10. Religio - 'Religion' 207; 11. Monk 220; 12. Theologian 264; 13. Heretic 288; 14. Himself 326; Who's Who 336; Abbreviations Used in
the Notes 336; Notes 345; Suggestions for Further Reading 396; Index 399-416.
On the logic see in particular Part I: Scientia - 'Knowledge' pp. 24-118.
"The Structure of This Book.
This book discusses Abelard's roles one by one in successive chapters (Literate', 'Master', 'Logician', and so on) in order to build up a composite portrait of him. The sequence of chapters accords
very roughly with the chronology of Abelard's life: from his precocious success in the schools (chapters 3-5), through his affair with Heloise (chapters 8-9), to his controversial career as a monk
and theologian (chapters 11-13). Two chapters are devoted to his affair with Heloise because this was the turning point of his life, even though the events it comprised were concentrated in not much
more than a single year (1117 or 1118). The concluding chapter (14), entitled 'Himself', centres on the Delphic subtitle he chose for his book on ethics: 'Know Thyself'. Overarching the fourteen
chapters are the three parts, with their Latin titles, into which the book is divided: Scientia (`knowledge' or `science'), Experimentum
(`experience' or 'experiment') and Religio (`religion' or `monasticism'). These three parts characterize Abelard's successive approaches to life and they function at the
same time as an introduction to medieval culture in the period of the twelfth-century Renaissance. In Part I, Abelard expounds the 'science' which the Middle Ages had inherited from classical
antiquity. In his native Loire valley he had begun his road to knowledge as a 'Literate' (chapter 3), that is, as a literatus and Latinist; then in Paris he had been
acknowledged as a `Master' (chapter 4) of students. He 'who alone knew whatever was known' was a 'master' also in the sense of magus. His wisdom and magic comprehended all
the knowledge of the ancient Greeks in philosophy and logic (chapter 5), the queen of the sciences.
Contrasting with this theoretical and scholastic knowledge is Experimentum (Part II): learning not from books, but from experiencing life in the raw. Theory and fact,
reflection and action, contrast - and often conflict - in Abelard's life, as they do in medieval culture as a whole. In his book on ethics, he had argued that actions in themselves are indifferent;
only the intention of the actor makes them right or wrong. Abelard 'experimented' with sex and violence. He compared himself to a knight (chapter 7), conducting feuds and mock battles in the schools,
and then suddenly he found himself up against Fulbert and Heloise's other kinsmen in a real feud. In castrating Abelard, they took no account of his good intentions, but only of his action in putting
Heloise into a convent. Because the Church put such value on celibacy, Abelard's castration had the peculiar effect of converting him to 'religion' (Part III), in the sense that it made him become a
monk. Such was the attraction of monasticism in the twelfth century that the adjective religiosus (chapter 10) was synonymous with 'monastic', as if there was no religion
outside the cloister. Abelard made repeated efforts to be a good monk (chapter 1), but he never could reconcile the exclusiveness of monasticism with his broad vision of theology (chapter 12), in
which good pagans worshipped the true God and acknowledged the Trinity. He was not only a failed 'religious', St Bernard taunted, he was .1 blasphemer and a heretic (chapter 13).
Abelard's writings fill a whole volume (no. 178) of Migne's Patrologiae:Series Latina comprising about 800,000 words. His Theologia in its
various versions (Abelard kept revising it over the decades 1120-40) contains more than 200,000 words; Sic et Non has 130,000, his sermons 115,000, the commentary on St
Paul's Epistle to the Romans 90,000; for Heloise he wrote another 70,000 words. Migne's volume does not include Abelard's writings on logic: one big book, Dialectica,
survives (though it is not complete) in addition to other commentaries and lectures. It is certain that some works have been lost, like the commentary on the Prophet Ezechiel which Abelard says he
wrote in Paris and the love songs which he reminded Heloise were still being sung in the 1130s. As his surviving writings amount to about 1 million words, his total output must have considerably
exceeding that." (pp. 19-22).
- Colish Marcia L. "Peter Lombard and Abelard: The Opinio Nominalium and Divine Transcendence." Vivarium 30 (1992):
Reprinted as essay VI in: M. L. Colish - Studies in Scholasticism - Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006.
"This paper supports the claim that what "nominalism" meant to twelfth-century thinkers was the doctrine of the univocal signification of nouns and verbs, with their oblique or tensed forms conveying
consignification of the things or actions they signify in the nominative case or present tense, respectively. The paper shows that both Peter Abelard and Peter Lombard called upon this doctrine in
their argument over whether God can do better that He does, indicating that nominalism so defined has a perceived utility for exponents of differing logical and theological persuasions at the
"With respect to the Lombard's contribution to the history of nominalism in the twelfth century, then, we may offer three conclusions. First, from our consideration of Abelard's case, it is clear
that the opinio Nominalium could be, and was, yoked to a post-Aristotelian kind of logic. From our consideration of the Lombard's case, it is equally clear that the
opinio Nominalium could just as easily be yoked to a mode of reasoning deemed capable of yielding cogent ontological conclusions. In this respect, the fact that a
twelfth-century thinker espouses the opinio Nominalium does not mean that he is automatically or necessarily required to embrace one rather than the other of these
different conceptions of logic. Second, it was not just the fact that the Lombard was a theologian but his particular agenda as a theologian who sought to affirm God's omnipotence and God's essence
as the transcendent metaphysical reality that accounts for both his borrowings from Abelard and his more fundamental hostility to Abelard in this area. And, finally, thanks to the rapid and enduring
success of the Lombard's Sentences' as a textbook, he was able to place both his position on divine transcendence, the distinction between God's absolute and ordained
power, and the opinio Nominalium with which he bolstered these teachings squarely before the eyes of his scholastic contemporaries and successors." (pp. 155-156.)
- Courtenay William J. "Nominales and Nominalism in the Twelfth Century." In Lectionum Varietates. Hommage À Paul Vignaux, edited by Jolivet, Jean,
Kaluza, Zénon and Libera, Alain de. 11-48. Paris: Vrin, 1991.
Reprinted as Chapter Four in: W. J. Courtenay, Ockham and Ockhamism. Studies in the Dissemination and Impact of His Thought, Leiden, Brill, 2008, pp.39-80 .
- Cranz Edward F. "Boethius and Abelard." In Reorientations of Western Thought from Antiquity to the Renaissance, edited by Struever, Nancy. Aldershot:
Essay V (20 pages).
"Let me conclude with two brief general addenda. First, I have tried to outline the main development of Abelard's logic and the one most dependent upon Boethius. What we have seen may be summarized
by saying that, where Boethius closely connects, sometimes even identifies, intellections, universals and propositions with 'res' or beings, Abelard shifts all these
relationships to a new context and then denies them all: intellections, universals and propositions are not 'res'' as physical things. To repeat a phrase; he
desubstantializes them all.
But Abelard never stops thinking. Sometimes his conclusions are more new questions than new answers, and his second treatment of a problem is sometimes very different from his first. Some scholars
have described the last stage of his thought as a 'return to Platonism': but I think he is more creative and original. He has changed Boethius' res into 'physical things,' and he has denied that
intellections or meanings were 'physical things' and turned them into 'nothings.' But there are hints, and there is no time to analyze them here, that at the end he began to move to another new
solution in which meanings from having been nothings turn into the ultimate realities. If I had to suggest parallels to his last stage, Petrarch, Lorenzo Valla and Nicholas of Cusa come to mind. So
if I have tried to describe Abelard's transformation of Boethius, what was left, and I don't believe it was ever completed, might be called Abelard's transformation of Abelard.
Second, while Abelard's writings had no wide dispersion and while he was not followed by any school or even by very many pupils, I believe his diffuse influence was greater than one might expect. The
reorientations of thought one finds in his logic and elsewhere often spread more widely in his own time than did his specific ideas; they were not destroyed by the reception of Aristotle and in some
ways provided a context within which Aristotle was received. So in concluding I cannot resist noting that, while I have characterized what happened as a transformation of Boethius, let us not in this
group forget that it was a transformation of Boethius."
- Dal Pra Mario. "Sul Nominalismo Di Abelardo." Rivista Critica di Storia della Filosofia 34 (1979): 439-451.
- Dambska Izydora. "La Sémiotique Des Dictiones Indefinitae Dans La Dialectique D'abélard." Cahiers de I´lnstitut du Moyen Age Grec
et Latin 21 (1977): 10-20.
- D'Anna Gabriella. "Abelardo E Cicerone." Studi Medievali 10 (1969): 333-419.
Sono esaminate tutte le citazioni dirette (pp. 335-357) ed indirette (pp. 357-366) di Cicero nelle opere di Abelardo.
- Decorte Jos. ""Sed Quoniam Platonis Scripta Nondum Cognovit Latinitas Nostra...": Que Faire En L'absence D'une Traduction?". In Tradition Et Traduction. Les
Textes Philosophiques Et Scientifiques Grecs Au Moyen Age Latin. Hommage a Fernand Bossier, edited by Beyers, Rita, Brams, Jozef, Sacré, Dirk and Verrycken, Koenraad. 69-87. Leuven: Leuven
University Press, 1999.
- Eco Umberto. "Signification and Denotation from Boethius to Ockham." Franciscan Studies 44 (1984): 1-29.
- Fredborg Karin Margareta. "Abelard on Rhetoric." In Rhetoric and Renewal in the Latin West 1100-1540. Essays in Honour of John O. Ward, edited by Mews,
Constant J., Nederman, Cary J. and Thomson, Rodney M., 55-80. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.
Contains in Appendix the ediiton of Abelard's Super Topica glossae (pp. 62-80).
- Freddoso Alfred J. "Abailard on Collective Realism." Journal of Philosophy 75 (1978): 527-538.
"In the "Logica ingredientibus" Abailard attacks the theory according to which universals are collections of individuals. I argue that Abailard's principal objection to this 'collective realism',
viz, that it conflates universals with integral wholes, is actually quite strong, though it is generally overlooked by recent commentators. For implicit in this objection is the claim that the
collective realist cannot provide a satisfactory account of predication. The reason for this is that integral wholes are not uniquely decomposable. In support of my thesis I first explicate the
medieval distinction between integral and subjective parts and then discuss its application to collective realism."
- Gasper Giles E.M., and Helmut Kohlenberger, eds. Anselm and Abelard. Investigations and Juxtapositions. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval
On the philosophy of Abelard see: Tetsuro Shimizu: Word and Esse in Anselm and Abelard 179-195.
- Gill Harjeet Singh. "The Abelardian Semiotics." In Abelardian Semiotics and Other Essays. 1-29. New Dehli: Bahri Publications, 1989.
"The linguistic theory of Abelard is centred around the correlation or correspondence between the "word" and the "thing" or the signifiant and the signifié as we would have them today. According to Abelard, if a word or a sound signifies, it is because something is added to its physical being. essentia; this something is the significative function, officium significandi. The sound, just like the thing that it represents in a give language,
remains the same from one community of speakers to another, it belongs to the sphere of things, which is natural; the significance, on the other hand, changes due to the diversity of languages, it
depends upon institution, upon a human convention, positio hominum, voluntas hominum.(1) We have already the distinction between the sphere of significance and the sphere
of things. The sound or the physically pronounced utterance is of the order of nature while significance is created when "something" is added to its being, and, this "something" is due to human
intervention in a human, social institution. For Abelard, words give birth to or "generate" intellection which then correspond to things. Thus, argues Abelard, there is a double series of
correspondence between words and intellections, and between intellections and things, and consequently, between words and things. These are three distinct but related spheres.(2)" (pp. 4-5).
(1) Glossae super Peri Ermenias, 320, 12, 27, ed. B. Geyer, Munster i.w. 1919-23.
(2) Glossae super Prophyrium III, 524, 3-10, ed. B. Geyer, Munster, i.w. 1919-23.
- ———. "The Abelardian Tradition of Semiotics." In Signs and Signification. Vol. I, edited by Gill, Harjeet Singh and Manetti, Giovanni. 35-67. New
Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1999.
- Gombocz Wolfgang L. "Abaelards Bedeutungslehre Als Schlüssel Zum Universalienproblem." In Petrus Abaelardus, 1079-1142. Person, Werk Und Wirkung,
edited by Thomas, Rudolf. 153-164. Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
Conference at the Trierer Theologischen Fakultät in Trier (18 April 1979).
- Guilfoy Kevin. "Abelard's Theory of the Proposition." University of Washington, 1999.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation available at ProQuest Dissertation Express.
- ———. "Abelard's Rejection of the Tarski Biconditional." Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 5 (2002): 143-158.
"In a fairly opaque passage in his commentary on Aristotle's Categories Peter Abelard denies both directions of a biconditional sentence very much like a Tarski biconditional: "A man exists" is true
iff a man exists. "A man exists" is taken to be a sentence token and the right hand element is taken to be the existence of a man. Neither Abelard's argument nor his reason for making the argument is
clear. It at first appears that Abelard may be claiming that each of the corresponding conditionals is false. Such a claim could amount to a rejection of the correspondence theory of truth and would
naturally have serious repercussions for the study of Abelard's logic. In this paper I argue that Abelard does not deny the truth of the biconditional only its necessity. Abelard makes this argument
in response to Boethius and certain twelfth-century masters (I suggest Thierry of Chartres), who argue that there is a logically necessary connection between words and things, and hence between
sentence tokens and what is the case in the world. Abelard is not expressing any serious reservations about the correspondence theory of truth. He is demonstrating the logical importance of the
conventionality of language. Arguing against authorities, and twelfth-century peers, he shows that there is no logically necessary connection between words and things, hence the Tarski biconditional
is not necessarily true."
- ———. "Peter Abelard's Two Theories of the Proposition." In Medieval Theories on Assertive and Non-Assertive Language, edited by Maierù, Alfonso and
Valente, Luisa. 35-57. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2004.
Acts of the 14th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics - Rome, June 11-15, 2002
- ———. "Imagination and Cognition of Insensibles in Peter Abelard." In Intellect Et Imagination Dans La Philosophie Médiévale / Intellect and Imagination in
Medieval Philosophy / Intelecto E Imaginação Na Filosofia Medieval / Actes Du Xie Congrès International De Philosophie Médiévale De La Société Internationale Pour L'étude De La Philosophie Médiévale
(S.I.E.P.M.),: Porto, Du 26 Au 31 Août 2002, edited by Pacheco, Maria Cândida and Meirinhos, José F., 895-902. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006.
- Häring Nikolaus M. "Abelard Yesterday and Today." In Pierre Abélard - Pierre Le Vénérable. Les Courants Philosophiques, Littéraires Et Artistiques En Occident
Au Milieu Du Xii Siècle, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Louis, René. 341-403. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1975.
- Hellemans Babette. "The 'Whole Abelard' and the Availability of Language." In How the West Was Won. Essays on Literary Imagination, the Canon and the
Christian Middle Ages for Burcht Pranger, edited by Otten, Willemien, Vanderjagt, Arjo and de Vries, Hent. 349-376. Leiden: Brill, 2010.
- Henry Desmond Paul. "Abelard's Mereological Tterminology." In Mediaeval Semantics and Metaphysics. Studies Dedicated to L. M. De Rijk, Ph.D., Professor of
Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy at the University of Leiden on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, edited by Bos, Egbert P., 65-92. Nijmegen: Ingenium Publishers, 1985.
- ———. "Master Peter's Mereology." In De Ortu Grammaticae. Studies in Medieval Grammar and Linguistic Theory in Memory of Jan Pinborg, edited by
Bursill-Hall, Geoffrey L., Ebbesen, Sten and Konrad, Koerner. 99-115. Amsterdam: John Benjamin, 1990.
- ———. Medieval Mereology. Philadelphia: Grüner, 1991.
"Mereology is the theory which deals with parts and wholes in the concrete sense, and this study follows its varied fortunes during the Middle Ages. Preliminary indications as to its metaphysical
situation are followed by a brief sketch of Boethius' contribution. Peter Abelard, Gilbert of Poitiers, Clarembald of Arras, and Joscelin of Soissons are among the twelfth-century authors examined.
The effect of the subsequent recovery of Aristotle's Metaphysica on mereology is typified by sketches of the many and varied uses made of the latter by Aquinas. A brief
sample of Buridanian treatment is followed by an account of those applications made under the umbrella of thirteenth-century comment on Aristotle's De Sophisticis
Elenchis. The curiously original theories of Wyclif are brought to light, as also samples from Walter Burleigh, Nicholas of Paris, William of Ockham, and Paul of Venice."
- ———. "Abelard and Medieval Mereology." In Peter Geach: Philosophical Encounters, edited by A., Lewis Harry. 49-64. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1991.
"It is a pity that the stock story of early medieval thought tends to concentrate on something called the 'universals controversy' and does so in a way which inappropriately subsumes the twists and
turns of a highly complex situation under somewhat ill-fitting headings. Although a start has now been made on a saner account of the matter both in general (1) and insofar as it affects Abelard, (2)
nevertheless the usual connotations of a term such as 'realism' when applied to the topic of universals render somewhat startling the realisation that one such theory attacked by Abelard was the
polar opposite of any otherworldly Platonic-style theory, namely the 'collectio' theory. It is yet a greater pity that in his attack on this theory (3) Abelard by no means
does justice either to it or to his own wide-ranging account of part/ whole relations. At the time of his attack his maturer thoughts (in the Dialectica) were still to
come, yet some of the essentials of that later work are already to be found in his gloss on Boethius' De Divisione, a gloss dated as belonging to the end of his first
teaching phase. (4)
In II below is presented a brief and inadequate characterisation of some of Abelard's theories and themes; in III these are applied to contemporary discussions which have a bearing on his own sad
fate and on that of a certain cat to whom we have been genially introduced by Professor Geach."
(1) E.g. De Rijk, Logica Modernorum (3 volumes), Van Gorcum, Assen, 1962-7; Kretzmann Article on "Semantics, History of", in Paul Edwards (ed.), The
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, New York, Macmillan, 1967, vol. 7, pp. 358-406, the Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy and various of the Cahiers de l'Institut du Moyen-age Grec et Latin of the University of Copenhagen.
(2) Tweedale Abailard on Universals, Amsterdam, North-Holland, 1976.
(3) Geyer, Abelard's Logica 'Ingredientibus' Munster, 1919.
(4) Dal Pra, Pietro Abelardo: Scritti di Logica, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 1969, p XXVII: 'fin dal primo periodo del suo insegnamento' [from the first period of his
- ———. "Signification, Superfluity, and Indeterminacy in Abelard and Other Medievals." In Signs and Signification. Vol. I, edited by Gill, Harjeet Singh
and Manetti, Giovanni. 69-83. New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1999.
"1.1. For Boethius and the medievals, signification is primarily linked with definition and understanding (intellectus). Abelard maintains
these links as also does Aquinas, for example.
1.2. Definition canonically so-called is of nominal terms and is effectuated by means of genus, species, and differentia, at least where substance-names are concerned.
Paronyms, or denominative names, involve incompletenesses which both Anselm of Canterbury and Abelard characterise most competently according to frameworks other than the strictly canonical.
Non-canonical characterisations in general were said to be descriptions. The process of definition stricto sensu would accordingly comprise or
entail sentences such as 'Man is a species', 'Animal is a genus', and so on. It was in his commentary on Aristotle's Categoriae that Boethius noted how such sentences embodied the threat of fallacious arguments such as the following: 'Man is a species; but Socrates is a man; therefore Socrates is a
species'. One solution, he suggested, would be to reconstrue the 'species' of 'Man is a species' as one of the names of names (nominum nomina),
the named name being in his case 'man'. Thus the middle teen of the inference becomes ambiguous, and the illation fails. At the same time, we witness the foundation of the description 'nominalism'
upon this intra-linguistic analysis of propositions such as the one now in question, which superficially concern the 'universal' man, and so forth. (Ockham and Hobbes are
two thinkers often characterised as nominalists, and who quite consciously and overtly preserve this nominum nomina terminology, in the same sort of context).
1.3. But although definition in the strict medieval sense thus appears to be of isolated terms, taken out of context, in practice contextual presuppositions did intervene, and this in various ways.
It became common to work on the significatio of whole propositions, thus directing attention to the sense or significatio of the whole within
which the defined terms were embedded. The propositions, in their turn, were taken to occur within at least three generally specifiable non-exclusive anticipated contexts, namely either that of the
theoretical (or 'quidditative'), wherein definitional propositions are basic, or within that of the syllogistic (largely, the four canonical A, E, I, and O forms) or within that of usus loquendi, the context of usage, whence the classical grammarians took their starting point, and which was recognised by medieval investigators of significatio as an area distinguishable (because of its contingent irregularities) from that of special technical usages. This latter distinction is already highly marked in the work
of St. Anselm (1033 - 1109). These possible varieties of presupposed context will be taken account of in my own remarks, and attention called to them when the occasion arises." pp. 69-70 (notes
- Hochberg Herbert. "Facts and Things." In State of Affairs, edited by Reicher, Maria. 83-110. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2009.
- Iwakuma Yukio. "Vocales, or Early Nominalists." Traditio 47 (1992): 37-111.
Appendix (pp. 65-133): Edition of Vocalist texts commenting or discussing Porphyry's Isagoge: I. (Petri Abaelardi (?) Positio Vocum Sententia
(pp. 66-73); II. Roscelini Compendiensis (?) Disputata Porphyrii pp. 74-102); III.1 Excerpta Pommersfeldensia I pp. 103-107; III.2 Excerpta Pommersfeldensia II pp. 108-110; III.3 Excerpta Pommersfeldensia III pp. 110-111.
- ———. "Twelfth-Century Nominales. The Posthumous School of Peter Abelard." Vivarium 30 (1992): 97-109.
- Iwakuma Yukio, and Ebbesen Sten. "Logico-Theological Schools from the Second-Half of the 12th Century: A List of Sources." Vivarium 30 (1992):
- Iwakuma Yukio. "Nominalia." Didascalia 1 (1995): 47-88.
- ———. "Pierre Abélard Et Guillaume De Champeaux Dans Les Premières Années Du Xii Siècle: Une Étude Préliminaire." In Langage, Sciences, Philosophie Au Xii
Siècle, edited by Biard, Joël. 93-123. Paris: Vrin, 1999.
- ———. "Are Argumentations Propositions?". In Medieval Theories on Assertive and Non-Assertive Language, edited by Maierù, Alfonso and Valente, Luisa.
81-110. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2004.
Acts of the 14th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics - Rome, June 11-15, 2002
- ———. "Vocales Revisited." In The Word in Medieval Logic, Theology and Psychology. Acts of the Xiiith International Colloquium of
the Société Internationale Pour L'étude De La Philosophie Médiévale, Kyoto, 27 September - 1 October 2005, edited by Shimizu, Tetsuro and Burnett, Charles. 81-172. Turnhout: Brepols,
- Jacobi Klaus. "Diskussionen Über Prädikationstheorie in Den Logischen Schriften Des Petrus Abaelardus." In Petrus Abaelardus, 1079-1142. Person, Werk Und
Wirkung, edited by Thomas, Rudolf. 165-179. Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
- ———. "Die Semantik Sprachliche Ausdrücke, Ausdrucksfolgen Und Aussagen Im Abaelards Kommentar Zu Peri Hermeneias." Medioevo.Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale 7 (1981): 41-89.
- ———. "Abelard and Frege: The Semantics of Words and Propositions." In Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della Logica, edited by Abrusci,
Michele, Casari, Ettore and Mugnai, Massimo. 81-96. Bologna: CLUEB, 1983.
- ———. "Peter Abelard's Investigations into the Meaning and Functions of the Speech Sign Est." In The Logic of Being, edited
by Knuuttila, Simo and Hintikka, Jaakko. 1-15. Dordrecht: Reidel, 1985.
"Although Peter Abelard was the most distinguished teacher of logic of his time, a logic understood to be the science of argumentative discourse, he was not destined to found a new philosophical
tradition. The historical situation offers at Least a partial explanation -- the pace of philosophical and theological research was so brisk in the twelfth century that many of the established
schools enjoyed life spans of at most two or three generations of teachers. The restlessness of the times is embodied to a special degree in Abelard.(1) His writings include commentaries, in many
cases several to a work, on the logical works of Aristotle and Porphyry then available, handed down in the form of Boethius' translations, and on Boethius' own logical works. Abelard has to take a
number of positions into consideration here: several commentaries on Aristotle by ancient scholars, by Boethius, and by Abelard's own predecessors and teachers, and furthermore the grammatical
theories of Priscian and those deriving from Abelard's contemporaries. He discovers with distinctive acumen that the tradition he is examining is disunited and full of tensions on basic questions. It
is in the analysis and discussion of these tensions that he finds the field of his own philosophical research. He expects to reach solutions by intensifying the controversies, not by seeking harmony.
Thus he traces argument and counter-argument in great thoroughness of detail and from a dizzying succession of points of view, abandoning theses and offering countertheses. What his students could
learn from him was not so much a particular theory as his method of formulating and discussing problems.
The situation is much the same for us. If we turn to Abelard in our inquiry into the logic and semantics of the speech sign 'est', we must discover anew the questions which concerned him. In the
first Part of this Paper, I will sketch some of the discussions conducted by Abelard in order to make clear in what contexts he found himself confronting questions on the variations of meaning,
function, or use of the expression 'est'. In the second part, I will group various theses which Abelard deals with appropriately. It is my intention to plot out the full range of the theories
discussed and to mark points of conflict. In the third and final part, I will make some cautious comments on the deeper current of unity to be observed in Abelard's reflections, a current perhaps
more easily discernible to the modern eye then it was to Abelard himself."
(1) Cf. Jolivet (1969), Chapter IV; de Rijk (1980). Also compare Häring (1975), who explains the meager transmission of Abelard's works as at least partially attributable to Abelard's style of
thinking and writing. His philosophical "works" were not written as books intended to be recopied and handed down but as records of his own thinking to be used in teaching. A thesis which he adheres
to with conviction at one point in his writings may reappear later or even in a reworking of the first source as being subject lo doubt or in need of revision.
- ———. "Diskussionen Über Unpersönliche Aussagen in Peter Abaelards Kommentar Zu Peri Hermeneias." In Mediaeval Semantics and
Metaphysics. Studies Dedicated to L. M. De Rijk, Ph.D., Professor of Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy at the University of Leiden on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, edited by Bos, Egbert
P., 1-63. Nijmegen: Ingenium Publishers, 1985.
- Jacobi Klaus, and Strub Christian. "Peter Abaelard Als Kommentator." In Aristotelica Et Lulliana: Magistro Doctissimo Charles H. Lohr Septuagesimum Annum
Feliciter Agenti Dedicata, edited by Dominguez, Fernando. 11-34. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1995.
- Jacobi Klaus, King Peter, and Strub Christian. "From Intellectus Verus / Falsus to the Dictum Propositionis. The Semantics
of Peter Abelard and His Circle." Vivarium 34 (1996): 15-40.
"In his commentary on Aristotle's Peri hermeneias, Abelard distinguishes the form of an expression (oratio) from what it says, that is, its
content. The content of an expression is its understanding (intellectus).
This distinction is surely the most well-known and central idea in Abelard's commentary. It provides him with the opportunity to distinguish statements (enuntiationes)
from other kinds of xpressions without implying a diference in their content, since the ability of a statement to signify something true or false (verum vel falsum) cannot
be found in its content. More precisely, Abelard distinguishes statements both from complete expressions (orationes perfectae) that are not statements but rather
questions, requests, commands, etc. and from incomplete expressions, that is, mere word strings (orationes imperfectae), such as homo albus.
These kinds of expressions, according to Abelard, do not differ in the understanding they present but in the way they present it." (notes omitted)
- Jacobi Klaus. ""Homo Sentitur", "Homo Intelligitur". Untersuchungen Peter Abaelards Zur Referentiellen Opakheit in Intensionalen Kontexten." Studia
Mediewistyczne 34-35 (1999): 87-92.
- ———. "Philosophy of Language." In The Cambridge Companion to Abelard, edited by Brower, Jeffrey E. and Guilfoy, Kevin. 126-157. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2004.
"Abelard's investigations into the philosophy of language are of great interest not only with respect to the history of philosophy, but also with respect to systematic considerations. These
investigations, however, are not readily accessible. They offer nothing to a reader who wants to glean information quickly from them. A thorough study is required, and this itself requires
extraordinary patience. The purpose of this chapter is to contribute to the project of making Abelard's investigations into the philosophy of language accessible to the general philosophical
- Jolivet Jean. "Abélard Et Le Philosophe. (Occident Et Islam Au Xii Siecle)." Revue de l'Historie des Religions 164 (1963): 181-189.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 53-61.
- ———. Abélard Ou La Philosophie Dans Le Langage. Paris: Seghers, 1969.
Deuxième edition: Paris Éditions du Cerf 1994.
Choix de textes pp.111-206.
- ———. Arts Du Langage Et Théologie Chez Abélard. Paris: Vrin, 1969.
Deuxième édition augmentèe 1982.
- ———. "Comparaison Des Théories Du Langage Chez Abélard Et Chez Les Nominalistes Du Xiv Siècle." In Peter Abelard. Proceedings of the International Conference:
Louvain, May 10-12, 1971, edited by Buytaert, Éloi Marie. 163-178. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1974.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 109-125.
- ———. "Notes De Lexicographie Abélardienne." In Pierre Abélard - Pierre Le Vénérable. Les Courants Philosophiques, Littéraires Et Artistiques En Occident Au
Milieu Du Xii Siècle, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Louis, René. 531-543. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1975.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 125-137.
- ———. "Vues Médiévales Sur Les Paronymes." Revue Internationale de Philosophie 113 (1975): 222-242.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp.138-158.
"Cet article a pour objet de signaler un point de rencontre entre le platonisme et la théorie de la grammaire au moyen âge. La reflexion sur les paronymes y a conduit presque irresistiblement a des
thèses d'allure platonicienne: le rapport de l'adjectif au nom evoquant celui du sensible a l'idée. On observe ce fait non seulement chez des auteurs du 12e siecle (Bernard de Chartres, Abelard...)
mais même chez des aristoteliciens du 13e (Boece de Dacie entre autres; Thomas d'Aquin aussi, mais dans un contexte different). C'est là une manifestation de ce qu'on peut appeler le "platonisme
- ———. "Doctrines Et Figures De Philosophes Chez Abélard." In Petrus Abaelardus, 1079-1142. Person, Werk Und Wirkung, edited by Thomas, Rudolf. 103-120.
Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 185-202.
- ———, ed. Abélard En Son Temps. Actes Du Colloque International Organisé À L'occasion Du Ixe Centenaire De La Naissance De Pierre Abélard. (14-19 Mai
1979). Paris: Belles Lettres, 1981.
Sur la philosophie d'Abélard: J. Châtillon: Abélard et les écoles 146-158; Jean Jolivet: Non-réalisme et platonisme chez Abélard. Essai d'interprétation 175-195.
- ———. "Non-Réalisme Et Platonisme Chez Abélard. Essai D'interpretation." In Abélard En Son Temps. Actes Du Colloque International Organisé À L'occasion Du 9e
Centenaire De La Naissance De Pierre Abélard. (14-19 Mai 1979), edited by Jolivet, Jean. 175-195. Paris: Belles Lettres, 1981.
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 257-278.
"Le Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. problème des universaux: la doctrine "réaliste" qui croit, plus ou moins suivant les cas à la
réalité des genres et des espèces (Guillaume de Champeaux, Abélard de Bath, Gautier de Mortagne, Joscelin de Soissons, Bernard de Chartres, Gilbert de la Porrée), la doctrine "nominaliste" qui
déconnecte le mot et la chose: Roscelin, et enfin la solution de Pierre Abélard qui se caractérise par une bipolarité: réalisme et non-réalisme, point de vue sémantique et point de vue
- ———. "Abélard Et Guillaume D'ockham, Lecteurs De Porphyre." In Abélard. Le "Dialogue", La Philosophie De La Logique. 31-54. Neuchâtel: Secrétariat de
Réimprimé dans:J. Jolivet, Aspects de la pensée médièvale: Abélard. Doctrines du langage, Paris, Vrin, 1987, pp. 233-256.
- ———. Aspects De La Pensée Médiévale: Abélard. Doctrines Du Langage. Paris: Vrin, 1987.
Recueil d'articles (1963-1985).
- ———. "Pierre Abélard Et Son École." In Contemporary Philosophy. Vol. 6.1: Philosophy and Science in the Middle Ages, edited by Guttorm, Floistad.
97-104. Amsterdam: Kluwer, 1990.
Review of the recent literature on Abelard up to 1972; see Mews (1990), for the period 1972-1985.
- ———. "Trois Variations Médiévales Sur L'universel Et L'individu: Roscelin, Abélard, Gilbert De La Porrée." Revue de Mètaphysique et de Morale (1992):
Réimprimé dans: J. Jolivet, Perspectives médiévales et arabes, Paris, Vrin, 2006 pp. 29-70.
"C'est un anachronisme que de vouloir qualifier de réalistes ou nominalistes des philosophes qui ont travaillé deux cents ans avant les mises en place doctrinales du xive siècle. D'autre part, il est
surprenant de voir leurs doctrines respectives de l'individu se distribuer autrement que ne le feraient présumer leurs vues sur l'universel. Ce point gagne en clarté quand on l'aborde du côté de
leurs sémantiques du nom, mais les cadres de l'historiographie usuelle n'en restent pas intacts pour autant." (p. 111)
- ———. "Sur Les Prédicables Et Les Catégories Chez Abélard." In Langage, Sciences, Philosophie Au Xiie Siècle, edited by Biard, Joël. 165-175. Paris:
- ———. "Sens Des Propositions Et Ontologie Chez Pierre Abélard Et Grégoire De Rimini." In Théories De La Phrase Et De La Proposition De Platon À
Averroès, edited by Büttgen, Philippe, Diebler, Stéphane and Rashed, Marwan. 307-321. Paris: Éditions Rue d'Ulm / Presses de l'École normale supérieure, 1999.
Réimprimé dans: J. Jolivet, Perspectives médiévales et arabes, Paris, Vrin, 2006 pp. 103-116.
- ———. "Note Sur Le "Non-Réalisme" D'abélard." In Signs and Signification. Vol. I, edited by Gill, Harjeet Singh and Manetti, Giovanni. 7-15. New Delhi:
Bahri Publications, 1999.
Réimprimé dans: J. Jolivet, Perspectives médiévales et arabes, Paris, Vrin, 2006 pp. 85-92.
- ———. "Á Propos D'une Critique Abélardienne Du Réalisme." In Pierre Abelard. Colloque International De Nantes, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Habrias,
Henri. 109-118. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.
Conférence internationale "Pierre Abélard, à l'aube des universités" 3-4 octobre 2001 Nantes
- Jolivet Jean, and Habrias Henri, eds. Pierre Abélard. Colloque International De Nantes (3-4 Octobre 2001). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes,
Sur la philosophie d'Abélard voir: Jean Jolivet: Avant-propos 9-14; François Lejeune: Pierre Abélard et Jean de Salisbury: "Metalogicon" II, 10 63-75; Jean Jolivet: À propos d'une critique
abélardienne du réalisme 109-118; Joël Biard: Logique et psychologie dans le "De intellectibus" d'Abélard 309-319; Paul Thom: La logique abélardienne des modales "de rebus" 321-337.
- Kahn Charles H. "On the Terminology for Copula and Existence." In Islamic Philosophy and the Classical
Tradition. Essays Presented by His Friends and Pupils to Richard Walzer on His Seventieth Birthday, edited by Stern, S.M., Hourani, Albert and Brown, Vivian. 141-158. London: Bruno Cassirer,
Reprinted in C. H. Kahn, Essays on Being, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009 pp. 41-61.
- King Peter. "Peter Abailard and the Problem of Universals in the Twelfth Century." Princeton University, 1982.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation available at ProQuest Dissertation Express.
- ———. "Metaphysics." In The Cambridge Companion to Abelard, edited by Brower, Jeffrey E. and Guilfoy, Kevin. 65-125. Cambridge: Cambridge University
"Abelard's philosophy is the first example in the Western tradition of the cast of mind that is now called nominalism. Although his view that universals are mere words
(nomina) is typically thought to justify the label, Abelard's nominalism - or better, his irrealism - is in fact the hallmark of his
metaphysics. He is an irrealist not only about universals, but also about propositions, events, times other than the present, natural kinds, relations, wholes, absolute space, hylomorphic composites,
and the like. Instead, Abelard holds that the concrete individual, in all its richness and variety, is more than enough to populate the world. He preferred reductive, atomist, and material
explanations when he could get them; he devoted a great deal of effort to pouring cold water on the metaphysical excesses of his predecessors and contemporaries. Yet unlike modern philosophers,
Abelard did not conceive of metaphysics as a distinct branch of philosophy. Following Boethius, he distinguishes philosophy into three branches: logic, concerned with
devising and assessing argumentation, an activity also known as dialectic; physics, concerned with speculation on the natures of things and their causes; and ethics, concerned with the upright way of life."
- ———. "Abelard on Mental Language." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2007): 169-187.
"I argue that Abelard was the author of the first theory of mental language in the Middle Ages, devising a "language of thought" to provide the semantics for ordinary languages, based on the idea
that thoughts have linguistic character. I examine Abelard's semantic framework with special attention to his principle of compositionality (the meaning of a whole is a function of the meanings of
the parts); the results are then applied to Abelard's distinction between complete and incomplete expressions, as well as the distinction between sentences and the statements which the sentences are
used to make. Abelard's theory of mental language is shown to be subtle and sophisticated, the forerunner of the great theories of the fourteenth century."
- ———. "Abelard's Answers to Porphyry." Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 18 (2009): 249-270.
- Knuuttila Simo. Modalities in Medieval Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 1993.
See Chapter 2: Philosophical and Theological Modalities in Early Medieval Thought.
Boethius' Modal Conceptions 45, New Theological Modalities: from Augustine to Anselm
of Canterbury 62; Gilbert of Poitiers, Peter Abelard and Thierry of Chartres 75-98.
- ———. "Medieval Commentators on Future Contingents in De Interpretatione 9." Vivarium 48 (2010): 79-95.
"This article considers three medieval approaches to the problem of future contingent propositions in chapter 9 of Aristotle's De Interpretatione. While Boethius assumed that God's atemporal
knowledge infallibly pertains to historical events, he was inclined to believe that Aristotle correctly taught that future contingent propositions are not antecedently true or false, even though they
may be characterized as true-or-false. Aquinas also tried to combine the allegedly Aristotelian view of the disjunctive truth-value of future contingent propositions with the conception of all things
being timelessly present to God's knowledge. The second approach was formulated by Peter Abelard who argued that in Aristotle's view future contingent propositions are true or false, not merely
true-or-false, and that the antecedent truth of future propositions does not necessitate things in the world. After Duns Scotus, many late medieval thinkers thought like Abelard, particularly because
of their new interpretation of contingency, but they did not believe, with the exception of John Buridan, that this was an Aristotelian view."
- Kretzmann Norman. "The Culmination of the Old Logic in Peter Abelard." In Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century, edited by Benson, Robert L.
and Constable, Giles. 488-511. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982.
- Küng Guido. "Abélard Et Les Vues Actuelles Sur Les Universaux." In Abélard: Le 'Dialogue'. La Philosophie De La Logique. Actes Du Colloque De Neuchâtel, 16-17
Novembre 1979. 99-118. Neuchâtel: Secrétariat de l'Université, 1981.
- Legowicz Jan. "Das Problem Des Ursprungs Der "Allgemenheit" Von Nahmen in Der Universalientheorie Bei Abaelard." In Sprache Und Erkenntnis Im Mittelalter.
Vol. I, edited by Bechmann, Jan P., 352-256. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1981.
Akten des VI. internationalen Kongresses für mittelalterliche Philosophie der Société internationale pour l'étude de la philosophie médiévale, 29. August-3. September 1977, Bonn
- Lejeune François. "Pierre Abélard Et Jean De Salisbury : Metalogicon Ii, 10." In Pierre Abelard. Colloque International De Nantes, edited by Jolivet,
Jean and Habrias, Henri. 63-76. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.
- Lenz Martin. "Peculiar Perfection. Peter Abelard on Propositional Attitudes." Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (2005): 377-386.
"In the course of the debates on Priscian's notion of the perfect sentence, the philosopher Peter Abelard developed a theory that closely resembles modern accounts of propositional attitudes and that
goes far beyond the established Aristotelian conceptions of the sentence. According to Abelard, the perfection of a sentence does not depend on the content that it expresses, but on the fact that the
content is stated along with the propositional attitude towards the content. This paper tries to provide an analysis and a consistent interpretation of Abelard's arguments within the framework of the
mediaeval models of language and mind."
- ———. "Are Thoughts and Sentences Compositional? A Controversy between Abelard and a Pupil of Alberic on the Reconciliation of Ancient Theses on Mind and Language." Vivarium 45 (2007): 169-188.
"This paper reconstructs a controversy between a pupil of Alberic of Paris and Peter Abelard which illustrates two competing ways of reconciling different ancient traditions. I shall argue that their
accounts of the relation between sentences and thoughts are incompatible with one another, although they rely on the same set of sources. The key to understanding their different views on assertive
and non-assertive sentences lies in their disparate views about the structure of thoughts: whereas Abelard takes thoughts to be compositional, the opponent's arguments seem to rely on the premise
that the mental states which correspond to sentences cannot be compositional in the way that Abelard suggested. Although, at a first glance, Abelard's position appears to be more coherent, it turns
out that his opponent convincingly argues against weaknesses in Abelard's semantic theory by proposing a pragmatic approach."
- Lewis Neil. "Determinate Truth in Abelard." Vivarium 25 (1987): 81-109.
- Libera Alain de. "Abélard Et Le Dictisme." In Abélard. Le "Dialogue", La Philosophie De La Logique. 59-97. Neuchâtel: Secrétariat de l'Université,
Actes du Colloque de Neuchâtel, 16-17 Novembre 1979
- ———. La Querelle Des Universaux. De Platon À La Fine Du Moyen Age. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1996.
Chapter 3. Le haut Moyen Age et la querelle des universaux pp.128-175.
- ———. L'art Des Généralités. Théories De L'abstraction. Paris: Aubier, 1999.
See in particular: Chapitre III. Pierre Abélard pp. 281-498.
- ———. La Référence Vide. Théories De La Proposition. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2002.
La Théorie abélardienne du statut pp. 120-130.
- ———. "Des Accidents Aux Tropes. Pierre Abélard." Revue de Mètaphysique et de Morale (2002): 509-530.
"The Author traces the history of individual properties from Antiquity to the Middle Ages in light of D.C. Williams and Campbell's theory of tropes. He compares the relation of co-presence to notions
which could seem related such as "syndrome of qualities" or "bundle of qualities". He then examines the validity of ontological particularism for Abelard's philosophy. He studies the
non-transferability of tropes in Boethius, Abelard, and its origins in Muslim philosophy (ash'ari theology). He concludes that such an ontological particularism is not
necessarily linked to nominalism."
- Little Edward F. "The Status of Current Research on Abelard. Its Implications for the Liberal Arts and Philosophy of the Xith and Xiith Centuries." In Arts
Libéraux Et Philosophie Au Moyen Age. 1119-1124. Paris: Vrin, 1969.
"In the last decade of the eleventh and in the first half of the twelfth century questions were asked and argued about the unity and trinity of God, which attracted great attention and led to an
independent, autonomous study of theology in the due course of time. Leaders in this movement were Anselm, Roscelin and Abelard. Abelard re-introduced the term "theology" to popular use. Roscelin and
Abelard also debated questions which are still considered philosophical, but at the early date even their questions of divinity, or of theology, were not differentiated, other than potentially. The
written arguments remaining in our hands today are firmly based in dialectical and logical and linguistic operations. In short they are trivial, in a sense of the word which has gone out of use. In
Abelard's case, which concerns us here, it seems for this reason that all his work should be taken into account in a treatment of the liberal arts and philosophy in this period, -- even the
What seems needed most of all at the present time is a review of the state of our knowledge of Abelard's work. The present paper is directed to this question. After a quick review of modern
scholarship, it will note the work being done at the present time and some appealing lines for future activity. It should become clear that, while research of the twentieth century has emphasized
Abelard's theology, it has rediscovered the logical, dialectical, and linguistic foundation of that theology. A tendency is to examine it no longer strictly upon its own doctrinal merits, but upon
its experimental, logical and philosophical character. This seems appropriate chronologically, in that it evaluates these works within the loose and formative context of their own time and aims.
While this article is addressed specifically to this conference, it is also intended to be of use to the general student of Abelard." (p. 1119)
- Louis René, and Jolivet Jean, eds. Pierre Abélard, Pierre Le Vénérable. Les Courants Philosophiques, Littéraires Et Artistiques En Occident Au Milieu Du 12.
Siècle. Abbaye De Cluny, 2 Au 9 Juillet 1972. Paris: Éditions du C.N.R.S., 1975.
On the philosophy of Abelard see: Paul Vignaux: Note sur le nominalisme d'Abélard 523-527 (discussion: 528-530); Jean Jolivet: Notes de lexicographie abélardienne 531-543 (discussion 544-546);
Lambert-Marie de Rijk: La signification de la proposition (dictum porpositionis) chez Abélard 547-555; Tullio Gregory: Considérations sur ratio
et natura chez Abélard 569-581 (discussion: 582-584).
- Luscombe David E. The School of Peter Abelard. The Influence of Abelard's Thought in the Early Scholastic Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Contents: Preface IX-XI; List of Abbreviations XII-XIII; I. The Literary Evidence 1; II. Abelard's Followers 14; III: The Diffusion of Abelardian Writings 60; IV. The Condemnation of 1140 103; V. The
Theological Writings of Abelard's Closest Disciples 143; VI. The School of Laon 173; VII. Hugh of St Victor 183; VIII. The Summa Sententiarum 198; IX: Abelard and the
Decretum of Gratian 214; X. Abelard's Disciples and the School of St Victor 224; XI. Peter Lombard 261; XII. Robert of Melun 281; XIII. Richard of St Victor 299; XIV. Conclusion 308; Appendices 311;
Bibliography 316; Index of Manuscripts 347; General Index 350-360.
"This book represents an historian's attempt to discern the ways in which Abelard's thought reached and influenced his contemporaries and successors. The subject has attracted historical study for
nearly a century if we take as a starting point the classic article by Heinrich Denifle entitled 'Die Sentenzen Abaelards und die Bearbeitungen seiner Theologia vor Mitte des 12. Jahrhunderts' which
appeared in the Archiv fur Literatur- und Kirchengeschichte des Mittelalters in 1885. Since that time much further knowledge of Abelard's school and of his disciples has accumulated and in addition a
vast amount of scholarly energy has been devoted to the task of understanding and of bringing to life twelfth-century thought and learning in its many aspects and moods. With respect to Abelard's
following it is perhaps a fitting time to draw together some threads and to offer an interpretation of its place in the evolution of the early scholastic movement.
The principal sources of this study are literary, biographical, palaeographical and doctrinal. The occasional surviving literary references to Abelard which were made in the twelfth century and later
are numerous enough to convey the intensity and the scale of the disagreements which existed concerning his personality and achievement. The names of several of his disciples and hearers are also
known and an examination is here attempted of heir relationships to Abelard as well as of their reactions to his work and thought. However, information concerning twelfth century personalities is
seldom abundant and much can also be gained from studying the codicology of Abelard and his school.
The surviving or known manuscripts of writings by Abelard and by his disciples offer further knowledge of Abelard's readership and following and therefore also of the general history of formative
period in medieval thought Abelard's public career was closed in 1140 by an ecclesiastical condemnation. As a condemned heretic whose errors had been vigorously denounced by, among others, Bernard of
Clairvaux, Abelard's influence upon his age was limited and tainted. That he was survived by disciples is an established fact, but what was done by these disciples to develop or to qualify his
teaching still requires examination. It seems that the condemnation of 1140 raised as many questions as it solved and that the conflicts between Abelard's critics and his defenders in the schools
entailed serious disagreements not only over outlook and method but also over specific teachings which continued to be debated in the years that followed. The stimulus which Abelard gave to the study
of particular ideas and themes outlived the condemnation of 1140 and some of the criticisms which were levelled against Abelard at this time were an insufficient guide to his contemporaries. Already
within the school of Hugh of St Victor a more sophisticated and refined study of Abelard's thought was in progress, and it was this which provided the springboard for many future doctrinal
developments. Throughout the 1130s, 40s and sos the interaction of the rival traditions of the schools of Abelard and of Hugh is a striking feature of theological discussion. If the Sentences of
Peter Lombard, which enjoyed such a prolonged influence throughout the medieval period, may be regarded as the climax of continuous activity by schoolmen during the first half of the twelfth century,
then it is clear that Abelard, for all his exaggerations and errors, was a major and continuing stimulus to debate and thought.
I have tried in the following pages to illustrate primarily the development of theological thought in approximately the first half of the twelfth century by reference not only to Abelard's disciples
but also to major teachers of the various schools of the period such as Gratian of Bologna, Hugh and Richard of St Victor, Peter Lombard and Robert of Melun. I have not tried to be exhaustive and
much could be said about the relationship between Abelard and other writers; the Porretans in particular are little mentioned. So much is added yearly to knowledge of the literature and thought of
this period that much of what appears below will soon be subject to modification and revision." (from the Preface, IX-X).
- ———. "St. Anselm and Abelard." Anselm Studies.An Occasional Journal 1 (1983): 207-229.
- ———. "Peter Abelard." In A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy, edited by Dronke, Peter. 279-307. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
- ———. "The School of Peter Abelard Revisited." Vivarium 30 (1992): 127-138.