Selected Bibliography on Abelard's Logic and Ontology. Second Part M - Z
- Malcolm John. "A Reconsideration of the Identity and Inherence Theories of the Copula." Journal of the History of Philosophy 17 (1979):
- Maloney Christopher J. "Abailard's Theory of Universals." Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 23 (1982): 27-38.
"This paper attempts to fill these lacunae with a formal reconstruction of Abailard's theory of the relation between statuses, concepts and individuals. As such, this essay is a contribution not only
to the history of medieval logic but also to the theory of universals and the philosophy of mind."
- Marenbon John. "Abelard's Concept of Possibility." In Historia Philosophiae Medii Aevi. Studien Zur Geschichte Der Philosophie Des Mittelalters. Festschrift
Für Kurt Flasch Zu Seinem 60. Geburtstag. (Vol. Ii), edited by Mojsisch, Burkhard and Pluta, Olaf. 595-609. Amsterdam: B. R. Grüner, 1991.
Reprinted as Essay X in: John Marenbon, Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West.
- ———. "Vocalism, Nominalism and the Commentaries on the Categories from the Earlier Twelfth Century." Vivarium 30 (1992):
Reprinted as Essay XIII in: John Marenbon, Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West.
- ———. "Abelard, Ens and Unity." Topoi 11 (1992): 149-158.
"Although Abelard arrived at a view of "ens" nearer to Aristotle's than his sources would suggest, unlike Thirteenth-century thinkers he did not work out a view of transcendentals in terms of "ens",
its attributes and their convertibility. He did, however, regard unity (though not goodness or truth) as an attribute of everything. At first, Abelard suggested that unity, being inseparable, could
not be an accident according to Porphyry's definition (' that which can come and leave a subject without the subject being corrupted') either it is some type of form not classified by Porphyry, or
not a form at all. In his later logical work, Abelard argued differently. Unity, he said, is an accidental form, but Porphyry's definition of an accident must be understood negatively, not as
asserting something about what could happen in reality (since the form of unity could never leave its subject) but rather something about an absence of connection: were it, per impossible, to occur,
the loss by a subject of its form of unity would not lead to the loss of its specific or generic status."
- ———. "Medieval Latin Commentaries and Glosses on Aristotelian Logical Texts, before C. 1150 A.D." In Glosses and Commentaries on Aristotelian Logical Texts:
The Syriac, Arabic and Medieval Latin Traditions, edited by Burnett, Charles. 77-127. London: Warburg Institute, University of London, 1993.
Reprinted as Essay II in: John Marenbon, Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West.
- ———. "Glosses and Commentaries on the Categories and De Interpretatione before Abelard." In Dialektik
Und Rhetorik Im Früheren Und Hohen Mittelalter. Rezeption, Überlieferung Und Gesellschaftliche Wirkung Antiker Gelehrsamkeit Vornehmlich Im 9. Und 12. Jahrhundert, edited by Fried, Johannes.
21-49. München: Oldenbourg, 1997.
Reprinted as Essay X in: John Marenbon, Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West.
- ———. The Philosophy of Peter Abelard. Cambridge: Cambrdige University Press, 1997.
Paperback edition, with corrections and bibliographical note, 1999.
- ———. "The Platonisms of Peter Abelard." In Néoplatonisme Et Philosophie Médiévale, edited by Benakis, Linos G., 109-129. Turnhout: Brepols, 1997.
Actes du Colloque international de Corfou, 6-8 octobre 1995 organisé par la Société internationale pour l'étude de la philosophie médiévale.
Reprinted as Essay XII in: John Marenbon, Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West.
"When, in 1966, Father Chenu published Les platonismes au XII siècle, twelfth-century Platonism had already been a topic of scholarly interest for nearly a century. (1)
Chenu's novelty lay in his plural: not «Platonism» but «Platonisms». He distinguished a strand going back to Augustine, another deriving from the Timaeus and Boethius, one
linked to pseudo-Dionysius and another to Arab writers. Chenu's is a useful analytical method which allows the scholar to avoid broad, oversimplifying labels whilst continuing to see the history of
medieval philosophy in the neat terms of interrelated and interacting traditions. No doubt it could be fruitfully applied to Abelard -- but that is not my intention here. The Platonisms I shall be
discussing are not those of the historian, but Abelard' s own: some of the diverse ways in which he used a notion of Plato and Platonic teaching to formulate, structure and convey his own thought
(2). At the end of this paper, I shall return to the question of method, and ask what my procedure has to offer by contrast with other ways of discussing Platon- or any other -ism."
(1) In M.-D. Chenu, La théologie au douzième siècle (Études de philosophie médiévale, 45). Paris, 1966, pp. 108-141. For a sketch of the historiography of twelfth-century
Platonism, see J. Marenbon, "Platonismus im zwólften Jahrhundert: alte und neue Zugangsweisen" (translation by A. Snell & O. Summerell), in T. Kobusch and B. Moisisch (eds.), Platon in der abendländischen Geistesgeschichte, neue Forschungen zum Plaumismus, Darmstadt, forthcoming. [Darmstadt, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1997 pp. 101-119]
(2) In my general presentation of Abelard's use of Plato and attitude to him, I summarize arguments put forward in various places and different contexts in my The Philosophy of
Peter Abelard. Cambridge, 1997. But in my longer and more detailed discussions here -- of Plato universals, the Timaeus and optimism, and «the Platonism of the
Republic» -- I develop and extend what I have written in the book.
- ———. "The Twelfth Century." In Routledge History of Philosophy. Volume Iii: Medieval Philosophy, edited by Marenbon, John. 150-187. New York:
On Abelard see pp. 155-166.
- ———. "Abélard, La Predication Et Le Verbe "Être"." In Langage, Sciences, Philosophie Au Xiie Siècle, edited by Biard, Joël. 199-215. Paris: Vrin,
- ———. Aristotelian Logic, Platonism, and the Context of Early Medieval Philosophy in the West. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.
- ———. "Dicta, Assertion and Speech Acts: Abelard and Some Modern Interpreters." In Medieval Theories on Assertive and Non-Assertive
Language, edited by Maierù, Alfonso and Valente, Luisa. 59-80. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki, 2004.
Acts of the 14th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics - Rome, June 11-15, 2002.
- ———. Le Temps, L'éternité Et La Prescience De Boèce À Thomas D'aquin. Paris: Vrin, 2005.
Chapitre III: Abélard pp. 55-93.
- ———. "The Rediscovery of Peter Abelard's Philosophy." Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2006): 331-351.
"My article surveys philosophical discussions of Abelard over the last twenty years. Although Abelard has been a well-known figure for centuries, his most important logical works were published only
in the twentieth century and, so I argue, the rediscovery of him as an important philosopher is recent and continuing. I concentrate especially on work that shows Abelard as the re-discoverer of
propositional logic (Chris Martin); as a subtle explorer of problems about modality (Simo Knuuttila, Herbert Weidemann) and semantics (Klaus Jacobi); as a metaphysician before the reception of
Aristotle's Metaphysics (Peter King); and as an ethical thinker who echoes the Stoics (Calvin Normore) and anticipates Kant (Peter King)."
- ———. "Abelard's Changing Thoughts on Sameness and Difference in Logic and Theology." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2007):
- ———. "Was Abelard a Trope Theorist?". In Compléments De Substance. Études Sur Les Propriétés Accidentelles Offertes À Alain De Libera, edited by
Erismann, Christophe and Schniewind, Alexandrine. 85-101. Paris: Vrin, 2008.
"It was Christopher Martin who, in 1992, first made the link between Abelard's views on accidents and differentiae and what are usually called, in contemporary analytical
ontology, `tropes'. Myself apart, Alain de Libera is the only writer I know who has taken serious notice of this idea, discussing it both on its own, and in the wider context of truth-makers and
empty reference.(1) De Libera does not think that Abelard can illuminatingly be described as a trope-theorist. I still disagree, and although our disagreement is based on matters of detail, it may
illustrate, as I suggest in the conclusion, a wider difference in approach."
I. C. Martin, 'The Logic of the Nominales, or, The Rise and Fall of Impossible Positio', Vivarium 30 (1992), 110-26; J. Marenbon, The Philosophy of Peter Abelard, Cambridge; CUP, 1997, 119-30; A. de Libera, 'Des accidents aux tropes. Pierre Abélard', Revue de métaphysique et de morale
4 (2002) 509-30; La Référence vide. Théories de la proposition, Paris; PUF, 2002, 122-6, 269-97.
- Markowski Mieczyslaw. Burydanizm W Polsce W Okresie Prezedkopernikanskim. Warsaw: Zaklad Narodowy Imienia Ossolinskich (Ossolineum), 1971.
The book is in Polish, but with Contents (pp. 635-637) and Summary (pp. 531-539) in English: Buridanism in Poland in the Pre-Copernican Times.
- Martin Christopher J. "William's Machine." Journal of Philosophy 83 (1986): 564-572.
William of Soissons and Abelard's theory of entailment.
- ———. "Something Amazing About the Peripatetic of Pallet: Abelard's Development of Boethius' Account of Conditional Propositions." Argumentation 1
"Mediaeval logicians inherited from Boethius an account of conditional propositions and the syllogisms which may be constructed using them. In the following paper it is shown that there are
considerable difficulties with Boethius' account which arise from his failure to understand the nature of compound propositions and in particular to provide for their negation. Boethius suggests that
there are two different conditions which may be imposed for the truth of a conditional proposition but he really gives no adequate account of how such propositions may be obtained. The true greatness
of Peter Abaelard as a philosophical logician is revealed in what he is able to do with the material which he found in Boethius. It is shown that he developed a precise theory of conditionals giving
an account of how true conditionals may be obtained and principles which may be used to reject others as false. Unlike Boethius Abaelard properly appreciates that conjunctions must be treated as
logical units. Even he, however, falls victim to difficulties which arise when this connective is brought into contact with negation and the conditions which he lays down for the truth of a
- ———. "Embarrassing Arguments and Surprising Conclusions in the Development of Theories of the Conditional in the Twelfth Century." In Gilbert De Poitiers Et
Ses Contemporains: Aux Origines De La Logica Modernorum, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Libera, Alain de. 377-400. Napoli: Bibliopolis, 1987.
- ———. "The Logic of the "Nominales", or the Rise and Fall of Impossible Positio." Vivarium 30 (1992): 110-126.
- ———. "Theories of Inference and Entailment in the Middle Ages (Boethius, Philoponus, Peter Abelard, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham)." Princeton University, 1999.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation available at ProQuest Dissertation Express.
- ———. "Abaelard on Modality: Some Possibilities and Some Puzzles." In Potentialität Und Possibilität. Modalaussagen in Der Geschichte Der Metaphysik,
edited by Buchheim, Thomas, Henri, Kneepkens Corneille and Lorenz, Kuno. 97-125. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 2001.
"In his monumental study of William of Sherwood's modal theory Klaus Jacobi (2) surveys the treatment of modality by philosophers in the preceding century and shows that their concern was for the
most part to calculate the logical relations between the various forms of modal proposition which they recognised. Although theology demanded that they take an interest in the nature of divine power,
without the Physics and Metaphysics, to prompt them, twelfth century philosophers generally had little to say on the relationship of modal
propositions and their structures to the various sources of modal claims, to claims, for example, about the nature of potentiality, physical causation, or action.(3) Some progress was made, however,
and in the present paper I will consider the contribution of Peter Abaelard to the development of theories of modality and the curious attitude of one of his followers to his work on modal logic.
Although Abaelard had no access to the Physics or Metaphysics and precious little, if any, to the Prior
Analytics,(4) he did find in the Categories and De Interpretatione texts which posed interpretive problems whose solution demanded that
he discuss the nature of possibility and necessity. What follows is for the most part an examination of certain points made by Abaelard in his discussion of these problems. It is divided into two
In the first part of the paper I propose an account of Abaelard's theory of possibility and its application both to creatures and to God.(5) Abaelard's claims about divine power are rather well known
and I mention them only very briefly at the end. His treatment of creaturely potentiality in commenting on various claims made by Aristotle in the Categories has, on the
other hand, barely been noticed and my concern in the first part of the paper is to thus set them out in some detail.
The failure to take into account the full range of Abaelard's thinking about potentiality has led to some very misleading claims about his views on possibility. What my investigation shows is that
Abaelard employs three different but related notions of potentiality. The first is the potentiality that an individual has for future action and it is constrained by its species nature, its
particular constitution, and its present circumstances. The second and third are both introduced to explain how we may legitimately say, as authority requires, that an amputee is bipedal. They are
different but both reduce all unqualified possibility to potentiality and all potentiality to compatibility with species nature. The unqualified possibilities open for an individual creature of a
given natural kind are thus for anything which is not incompatible with its species nature.
In the second part of the paper I first examine the account of modal propositions that Abaelard insists upon in discussing chapter 12 of De Interpretatione. I show that
this account of the semantics of such propositions is completely in agreement with his treatment of the source of modal properties in natures. In his treatment of modal propositions Abaelard famously
distinguishes between two different interpretations of propositions such as 'S is possibly P'. A personal, or 'de
re' reading, in which S is said to possess a power to be P, and an impersonal, or 'de sensu' reading in
which 'S's being P' is claimed to be possible where the nominal phrase is held to refer to a proposition, propositional content, or some other kind of entity. Abaelard
argues that only the de re reading yields a modal claim and that nominal modes are to be resolved into the corresponding adverbial modes. The truth conditions of modal
propositions are thus always, according to Abaelard, ultimately to be given in terms of what is compatible and what is not with the specific nature of the subject of the de
re reading of them.
Information about the fate of Abaelard's theories and the views of his followers is unfortunately very limited and it is pleasant to be able to add here to our knowledge. The texts that we have on
divine and creaturely power agree with Abaelard's teaching in reducing unqualified potentiality to compatibility with species nature. In the concluding part of my paper, however, I show that the
author of the Summa Dialectice Artis attributed to William of Lucca, otherwise an extremely devoted follower of Abaelard in logic, explicitly rejects his master's
de re account of modality in favour of the alternative de sensu reading which Abaelard had gone to great lengths to refute. The Summa thus leaves us with a considerable puzzle about the commitment of Abaelard's followers in logic to his theory of modality. As compensation for this, we will see that the
Summa also provides us with a solution to a small puzzle raised by Jacobi and Knuuttila concerning Abaelard's views on the logical relations between quantified modal
propositions." pp. 97-99
(2) Klaus Jacobi, Die Modalbegriffe in den logischen Schriften des Wilhelm von Shyreswood, Leiden 1980.
(3) The outstanding exception is St. Anselm's discussion of the logic of action sentences in the Lambeth Fragments printed in R. W. Southern and F. S. Schmitt, Memorials of St.
Anselm, London 1969, 333-354.
(4) Cf. Dialectica, Introduction,XIII-XIX. The evidence that Abaelard had direct access to the Prior Analytics is extremely slight. The
Dialectica contains what appear to be two quotations from the Prior Analytics, the definition of the syllogism from An.
Pr. I 1, 24b 18-22 at Dialectica, 232.5-8 and the distinction between perfect and imperfect syllogisms from An. Pr. I 1, 24b 22-25 at
Dialectica, 233.36-234.3. In the discussion following the definition of the syllogism, however, Abaelard refers not to the definition which he apparently quotes from
Aristotle but rather to the definition given by Boethius in De Syllogismo Categorico II (PL 64, 821A 7 - 822C 12).
(5) Hermann Weidemann, 'Zur Semantik der Modalbegriffe bei Peter Abaelard', in: Medioevo 7 (1981), 1-40, argues that Abaelard thinks of possibility in this way but he does
so very much the hard way by attempting to show that Abaelard's remarks on temporally determined modal sentences commit
him to it. Here I take the very much easier course of pointing out Abaelard's explicit statement of the theory of synchronous possibility in terms of alternative world histories.
- ———. "The Role of Categories in the Development of Abelard's Theory of Possibility." In La Tradition Médiévale Des Catégories (Xii-Xv Siècles), edited
by Biard, Joël and Rosier-Catach, Irène. 225-242. Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters, 2003.
Actes du XIII Symposium européen de logique et sémantique médiévales (Avignon, 6-10 juin 2000).
- ———. "Logic." In The Cambridge Companion to Abelard, edited by Brower, Jeffrey E. and Guilfoy, Kevin. 158-199. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
"A great deal of Peter Abelard's writing is concerned with what he regarded as logic, but which we would now classify as ontology or philosophical semantics. Following Cicero and Boethius, Abelard
holds that properly speaking the study of logic has to do with the discovery and evaluation of arguments (LI Isag. 3.10). A necessary preliminary for this is an
examination of the issues dealt with by Porphyry in the Isagoge and by Aristotle in the Categories, and De
interpretatione (LI Cat. 113.26-114.30). In the present chapter, however, I will ignore most of this material and concentrate on the central issue of logical theory
both for Abelard and for us, that is, on the nature of the relation of consequence, or following. Even with this limitation there is a great deal of ground to cover. Abelard sets out his theory of
entailment and argument in two very extended and dense discussions both of which have suffered considerable textual corruption. The treatment of topics and hypothetical syllogisms in the Dialectica, is apparently the earlier. The other is the surviving fragment of Abelard's commentary on Boethius's De topicis differentiis, Glossae super De topicis differentiis, which seems to belong with his other commentaries on the works of the logica vetus published as the Logica "ingredientibus." The two expositions disagree on some crucial questions, but here I will restrict myself almost entirely to the discussion in the Dialectica.".
- ———. "Denying Conditionals: Abaelard and the Failure of Boethius' Account of the Hypothetical Syllogism." Vivarium 45 (2007): 153-168.
- ———. "Imposition and Essence: What's New in Abaelard' Theory of Meaning?". 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. 173-212.
Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.
- McLaughlin Mary Martin. "Abelard's Conceptions of the Liberal Arts and Philosophy." In Arts Libéraux Et Philosophie Au Moyen Age. 523-530. Paris: Vrin,
- Meinhardt Helmut. "Die Philosophie Des Peter Abaelard." In Die Renaissance Der Wissenschaften Im 12. Jahrhundert, edited by Weimar, Peter. 107-121.
Zürich: Artemis Verlag, 1981.
- Mews Constant J. "A Neglected Gloss on the Isagoge by Peter Abelard." Freiburger Zeitschrift fur Philosophie und Theologie
31 (1984): 35-55.
Reprinted as Essay II in: Constant J. Mews, Abelard and his Legacy.
"The authorship is examined of the anonymous "Glossae secundum vocales" on the "Isagoge" of Porphyry in m s Milan, Bibl. Ambrosiana m63 sup. ff. 73-81v along side known glosses of Abelard ("Logica
ingredientibus"). Geyer's attribution of the work of a pupil is questioned. It is shown to contain a recension of Abelard's glosses on Porphyry transitional between "Ingredientibus" and "Nostrorum
petitioni". Its discussion of identity and difference influences that of the "Theologia summi boni". "
- ———. "On Dating the Works of Peter Abelard." Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Age 60 (1986): 73-134.
Reprinted as Essay VII in: Constant J. Mews, Abelard and his Legacy.
- ———. "The Sententiae of Peter Abelard." Recherches de Théologie Ancienne et Mèdiévale 52 (1986): 130-183.
Reprinted as Essay VI in: Constant J. Mews, Abelard and his Legacy.
- ———. "Aspects of the Evolution of Peter Abaelard's Thought on Signification and Predication." In Gilbert De Poitiers Et Ses Contemporains. Aux Origines De La
'Logica Modernorum', edited by Jolivet, Jean and Libera, Alain de. 15-41. Napoli: Biblioplis, 1987.
Actes du septième Symposium Européen d'histoire de la logique et de la sémantique médiévales, Poitiers, 17-22 Juin 1985.
Reprinted as Essay VIII in: Constant J. Mews, Abelard and his Legacy,
- Mews Constant J., and Jolivet Jean. "Peter Abelard and His Influence." In Contemporary Philosophy. Vol. 6.1: Philosophy and Science in the Middle Ages,
edited by Guttorm, Floistad. 105-140. Amsterdam: Kluwer, 1990.
"This chronicle is based on one prepared by Jean Jolivet, reviewing literature on Abelard up to 1972; I have updated it to take into account publications which have appeared 1972-1985" (p. 105).
- Mews Constant J. "Nominalism and Theology before Abaelard: New Light on Roscelin of Compiègne." Vivarium 30 (1992): 4-33.
Reprinted as Essay VII in: C. J. Mews, Reason and Belief in the Age of Roscelin and Abelard.
- ———. "Philosophy and Theology 1100-1150: The Search for Harmony." In Le Xiie Siècle: Mutations Et Renoveau En France Dans La Première Moité Du Xiie
Siècle, edited by Gasparri, Françoise. 159-203. Paris: Léopard d'Or, 1994.
Reprinted as Essay II in: C. J. Mews, Reason and Belief in the Age of Roscelin and Abelard.
See in particular: William of Champeaux and Peter Abelard pp. 168-173.
- ———. "Peter Abelard." In Authors of the Middle Ages. Vol. Ii N° 5-6, edited by Geary, Patrick J., 1-88. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1995.
- ———. Abelard and His Legacy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
Contents: I.The development of the Theologia of Peter Abelard; II. A neglected gloss on the Isagoge by Peter Abelard; III. Man's knowledge of
God according to Peter Abelard; IV. The lists of heresies imputed to Peter Abelard; V. Peter Abelard's Theologia Christiana and Theologia
'Scholarium' re-examined; VI. The Sententie of Peter Abelard; VII. On dating the works of Peter Abelard; VIII. Aspects of the evolution of Peter Abaelard's thought
on signification and predication; IX. Un lecteur de Jérôme au XIIe siècle: Pierre Abélard; X. Peter Abelard and the Enigma of Dialogue; Addenda; Indexes.
- ———. Reason and Belief in the Age of Roscelin and Abelard. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.
- ———. "Peter Abelard on Dialectic, Rhetoric, and the Principles of Argument." 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., 37-53. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.
- ———. Abelard and Heloise. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
See the following Chapters:
2. The early years: Roscelin of Compiègne and William of Champeaux pp-21-42
"This chapter examines Abelard's intellectual debt to both the vocalist theories of Roscelin of Compiègne and William of Champeaux's teaching about dialectic in shaping his philosophical nominalism.
By looking at the earliest records of Abelard's teaching of dialectic and glosses on Aristotle, Porphyry and Boethius, it observes how students identified him as an iconoclast teacher, who quickly
provoked laughter by the examples that he chose. It traces how Abelard's early conflict with his teachers laid the foundation for the subsequent difficulties he would experience in his career."
3. Challenging tje Tradition: the Dialectica pp. 43-57
"This chapter examines Abelard's Dialectica, his first major treatise on dialectic. The treatise is structured around an analysis both of the major parts of speech, categories and of different kinds
of argument, categorical and hypothetical. It argues that a driving theme is Abelard's desire to counter the philosophically realist arguments presented by William of Champeaux."
5. Returning to Logica pp. 81-100
"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."
- Moonan Lawrence. "Abelard's Use of the Timaeus." Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Age 56 (1989):
- Nicolau d'Olwer Lluís. "Sur La Date De La Dialectica D'abélard." Revue du Moyen Âge Latin 1 (1945): 375-390.
- Normore Calvin G. "Abelard and the School of the Nominales." Vivarium 30 (1992): 80-96.
- Nuchelmans Gabriel. Theories of the Proposition. Ancient and Medieval Conceptions of the Bearers of Truth and Falsity. Amsterdam: North-Holland,
"This is the first part of a history of those problems and theories in the domain of philosophical semantics which nowadays are commonly referred to as problems and theories about the nature and the
status of propositions."
See in particular chapter 9.
- Panaccio Claude. "Le Nominalisme Au Xiie Siècle." In Signs and Signification. Vol. I, edited by Gill, Harjeet Singh and Manetti, Giovanni. 17-33. New
Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1999.
- Pinzani Roberto. "Homerus Est Poeta - an Non. Questioni Di Presupposizione Esistenziale Nella Logica Di Abelardo." Annali del
Dipartimento di Filosofia.Università di Bologna 4 (1983): 87-96.
- ———. "Le "Propositiones Coniunctae Temporales" Nel De Ypoteticis Di Abelardo." In Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della
Logica, edited by Abrusci, Michele, Casari, Ettore and Mugnai, Massimo. 253-257. Bologna: CLUEB, 1983.
- ———. "Temi Filosofici Nella Logica Di Abelardo." Annali di Discipline Filosofiche dell'Università di Bologna 8 (1986): 165-188.
- ———. "Un Approccio Semantico Alla Dialettica Di Abelardo." In Le Teorie Delle Modalità. Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della Logica, edited
by Corsi, Giovanni, Mangione, Corrado and Mugnai, Massimo. 265-270. Bologna: CLUEB, 1989.
- ———. "Oggetto E Significato Nella Dialettica Di Abelardo." Medioevo.Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale 17 (1991): 125-138.
- ———. La Grammatica Logica Di Abelardo. Parma: Università degli Studi di Parma, 1992.
- ———. "Linguaggio E Teoria in Abelardo." Philo-Logica 1 (1992): 79-94.
- ———. "La Sintassi Logica Di Abelardo." Philo-Logica 2-3 (1993): 91-112.
- ———. The Logical Grammar of Abelard. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003.
- Reiners Jos. Der Nominalismus in Der Frühscholastik. Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte Der Universalienfrage Im Mittelalter; Nebst Einer Neuen Textausgabe Des
Briefes Roscelins an Abälard. Ascvhendorff: Münster, 1910.
- Rijk Lambertus Marie de. "La Signification De La Proposition (Dictum Propositionis) Chez Abélard." 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. 547-555. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de
la recherche scientifique, 1975.
Actes et mémoires du Colloque International, Abbaye de Cluny, 2 au 9 juillet 1972.
Published also in: Studia Mediewistyczne 16, 1975 pp. 155-161.
Reprinted as chapter IV in: L. M. de Rijk - Through language to reality: studies in medieval semantics and metaphysics - Edited by Bos Egbert. Northampton: Variorum
"Cette communication se borne a un bref examen de la signification de la phrase complète (propositio) dans la logique de Pierre Abélard.
Il paraît utile de commencer par la définition du verbe signifier (significare) chez ce logicien.
'signifier' dit des mots (dictiones) c'est produire une intellection dans l'âme de l'auditeur (Logica
ingredientibus 307, 30 ss.), tandis que le même verbe est également appliqué à la dénotàtion des choses extérieures (ibid.); dans ce dernier sens, le verbe est
synonyme de appellare, nominare, demonstrare, designare.
'signifier' dit des phrases complètes (propositiones) c'est produire une intellection laquelle est formée par la liaison des intellections de ses parties
(dictiones)." p. 547
"On peut conclure que selon Abélard le dictum n'est pas un objet qui serait indépendent de la pensée, mais plutôt le contenu de la pensée, c'est-à-dire une intellection objectivée, qui correspond soit à un état de choses réel, soit à un état de choses seulement possible (Dial. II, 205, 28-30: id dicimus quod id quod dicit hec propositio 'Socrates est homo', est unum de his que natura patitur esse), soit un état de choses tout à fait impossible (Dial.
II, 158, 7-9: la proposition 'Socrates est lapis' ne reflète pas une inherentia de Socrate et de pierre, ni 'Socrates non est lapis' leur rémotion).
Ainsi, l'existence qu'établit la proposition en parlant, n'est pas une existence réelle, mais, pourrait-on dire, une existence parlée, ou plutôt, une existence
pensée ou logique.
Employant la distinction bien connue du XIV siècles (presentée notamment par Jacques d'Ascoli, Thomas d'York, Pierre Thomae):
res: 1) extra animam (chose extérieure); 2) in anima: a) subiective ( = acte de l'intellection comme tel) b) obiective (contenu de l'intellection).
on peut dire qu'Abélard a essayé, à sa façon, de montrer que le dictum, de la proposition, loin d'être une chose extérieure (res extra animam)
est une chose qui doit son existence à l'âme ou a l'intellection (res in anima), mais qu'il faut en même temps bien le distinguer de l'acte de l'intellection pris comme
tel (res in anima subiective), et reconnaître, sa propre identité dans le contenu objectif de l'intellection. Par là, le dictum du grand logicien du XII siècle semble être d'une nature logique par excellence." pp. 554-555. (notes omitted)
- ———. "The Semantical Impact of Abailard's Solution of the Problem of Universals." In Petrus Abaelardus (1079-1142). Person, Werk Und Wirkung, edited by
Thomas, Rudolf. 139-151. Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
Reprinted as chapter III in: L. M. de Rijk, Through Language to Reality. Studies in Medieval Semantics and Metaphysics, Edited by Bos Egbert, Northampton: Variorum
- ———. "Peter Abälard (1079-1142), Meister Und Opfer Des Scharfsinns." In Petrus Abaelardus, 1079-1142. Person, Werk Und Wirkung, edited by Thomas,
Rudolf. 125-138. Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
Conference at the Trierer Theologischen Fakultät in Trier (18 April 1979).
Reprinted as chapter II in: L. M. de Rijk - Through language to reality: studies in medieval semantics and metaphysics - Edited by Bos Egbert. Northampton: Variorum
- ———. "Abailard's Semantic Views in the Light of Later Developments." In English Logic and Semantics from the End of the 12th Century to the Time of Ockham and
Burleigh, edited by Braakhuis, Henk A.G., Henri, Kneepkens Corneille and Rijk, Lambertus Marie de. 1-58. Nijmegen: Ingenium Publishers, 1981.
Acts of the 4th European Symposium of medieval logic and semantics. Leiden-Nijmegen, 23-27 April 1979.
Reprinted as chapter VI in: L. M. de Rijk, Through Language to Reality. Studies in Medieval Semantics and Metaphysics, Edited by Bos Egbert, Northampton: Variorum Reprints
- ———. "Martin M. Tweedale on Abailard: Some Criticisms of a Fascinating Venture." Vivarium 23 (1985): 81-97.
"Mr. Tweedale's study is bound to give any of his readers the firm impression that, as logician, Peter Abailard has accomplished a tremendous achievement. Unfortunately, however, Tweedale, (...) is
on the wrong track in claiming-throughout his study that the modern interpreter has to 'ferret' Abailard's answers out of 'rather obscure passages' (p. 7), and that he is inconsistent (p. X and
passim). Tweedale has failed to appreciate Abailard's lucidity and clear language. He has missed the point several times and more than once this is due to his defective
knowledge of Latin. However, let me not move too hurriedly to my conclusion.
In writing this book, the author had two main objectives in mind, as we learn from the Preface. First, 'to present in a form easily accessible to professional
philosophers, theologians and historians those scattered portions of Abailard's logical writings which seem to record a very original scrutiny of the foundations of logic and in particular the
problem of unversals'. Secondly, 'to interpret the texts in a way that would connect them with the ancient tradition and also make them intelligible to contemporary philosophers.' So chapters I and
II try to give an insight into the classical and post-classical background. The core of the essay is to be found in Chapters III-V; Chapter VI contains a comparison between Abailard and Frege.
Without doubt, the author has succeeded in enlarging the modern scholar's acquaintance with, and admiration of, Abailard as a logician and early Medieval philosopher and theologian. Even someone who
has had only a glimpse of the contents of this rich essay, cannot help experiencing a kind of thrill on realising that he is meeting in Peter Abailard a remarkable and original thinker.
However, to write a successful book something more is needed. To my mind the author was heavily hampered in realising the two objectives he had set himself, as a result of his poor knowledge of (both
classical and Medieval) Latin grammar and syntax. Sometimes his judgment of Abailard's achievements is incorrect, for no other reason than his inability to correctly read Abailard's concise
language." pp. 81-82
- ———. "Peter Abelard's Semantics and His Doctrine of Being." Vivarium 24 (1986): 85-127.
- ———. "Peter Abelard (1079-1142)." In Philosophy of Language/Sprachphilosophie/La Philosophie Du Langage. Eine Internationales Handbuch Zeitgenössicher
Forschung, edited by Dascal, Marcelo, Gerhardus, Dietfried, Lorenz, Kuno and Meggle, Georg. 290-296. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1992.
- ———. "The Logic of Indefinite Names in Boethius, Abelard, Duns Scotus, and Radulphus Brito." In Aristotle's Peri Hermeneias in the Latin Middle Ages. Essays
on the Commentary Tradition, edited by Braakhuis, Henk A.G. and Henri, Kneepkens Corneille. 207-233. Groningen: Ingenium Publishers, 2003.
- Rosier-Catach Irène. "La Notion De Translatio, Le Principe De Compositionalité Et L'analyse De La Prédication Accidentelle Chez Abélard." In
Langage, Sciences, Philosophie Au Xiie Siècle, edited by Biard, Joël. 125-164. Paris: Vrin, 1999.
- ———. "La Sémantique D'abélard En Contexte (1) : La Notion De 'Translatio'." Annuaire de l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
(Section des Sciences Religieuses) 107 (2000): 361-367.
- ———. "La Sémantique D'abélard En Contexte (2) : Sur Le Verbe Substantif Et La Prédication." Annuaire de l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Section des
Sciences Religieuses) 108 (2001): 361-367.
- ———. "Abelard and the Meaning of the Propositions." In Signification in Language and Culture, edited by Gill, Harjeet Singh. 23-49. Shimla: Indian
Institute of Advanced Study, 2002.
Acts of the cooloquium held at Shimla, India, October 2001.
- ———. "Variations Médiévales Sur L'opposition Entre Signification "Ad Placitum" Et Signification Naturelle." In Aristotle's Peri Hermeneias in the Latin Middle
Ages. Essays on the Commentary Tradition, edited by Braakhuis, Henk A.G. and Henri, Kneepkens Corneille. 165-205. Groningen: Ingenium Publishers, 2003.
- ———. "Abélard Et Les Grammairiens: Sur La Définition Du Verbe Et La Notion D'inhérence." In La Tradition Vive. Mélanges D'histoire Des Textes En L'honneur De
Louis Holtz, edited by Pierre, Lardet. 143-159. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.
- ———. "Priscien, Boèce, Les Glosulae in Priscianum, Abélard: Les Enjeux Des Discussions Autour De La Notion De Consignification." Histoire Épistémologie Langage 25 (2003): 55-84.
"The term syncategorema, translated by consignificantia, only exists in Greek in the Latin Institutiones of the
grammarian Priscien, and is introduced in the XIIth century in the grammatical commentaries, the couple of terms syncategorema / categorema emerging even later, at the end
of the XIIth century. Thus the discussions first focus on the terms connected to consignificare. The antique heritage is multiple and diversified. Priscien uses, in a
contradictory way, a functional criterium (a part which is not one of the main parts of speech is consignifying), a semantic criterium (to be a part of speech is to indicate a concept of the mind), a
criterium of autonomous meaning (something is said to consignify if it does not signify by itself). Boethius uses the notion in five different ways, applying to various terms or morphemes:
prepositions and conjunctions, parts of a compound, tense, the verb to be, quantifiers. The Glosulae on Priscian, at the end of the XIth century, and especially in the
later revision by William of Champeaux, claim that the consignifying parts signify the thing signified by the word to which they are attached. Abelard, reading those gloses, hesitates: the
grammarian's solution is not satisfactory, but if, as Boethius wants it, the consignifying parts did not have any meaning, then it would not be possible to explain the semantic role they have in the
intellection of the whole proposition. He will thus devise a really innovative solution, which he applies first to the copula and then extends to the other consignifying parts: they correspond to a
- ———. "Abélard Et Les Grammairiens: Sur Le Verbe Substantif Et La Prédication." Vivarium 41 (2003): 175-248.
- ———. "Les Discussions Sur Le Signifié Des Propositions Chez Abélard Et Ses Contemporains." In Medieval Theories on Assertive and Non-Assertive
Language, edited by Maierù, Alfonso and Valente, Luisa. 1-34. Firenze: Olschki, 2004.
Acts of the 14th European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics - Rome, June 11-15, 2002
- ———. "Priscian on Divine Ideas and Mental Conceptions: The Discussions in the Glosulae in Priscianum, the Notae
Dunelmenses, William of Champeaux and Abelard." Vivarium 45 (2007): 219-237.
"Priscian's Institutiones Grammaticae, which rely on Stoic and Neoplatonic sources, constituted an important, although quite neglected, link in the chain of transmission
of ancient philosophy in the Middle Ages. There is, in particular, a passage where Priscian discusses the vexed claim that common names can be proper names of the universal species and where he talks
about the ideas existing in the divine mind. At the beginning of the 12th century, the anonymous Glosulae super Priscianum and the Notae
Dunelmenses, which heavily quote William of Champeaux (as master G.), interpret the passage in the context of a growing interest in the problem of universals, raising semantic as well as
ontological questions, and introducing a Platonic view on universals in the discussions on the signification of the noun. Moreover, this same passage will be used by Abelard to elaborate one of his
opinions about the signification of universal or common names-that they signify "mental conceptions".
- Schüssler Ursula. "Das Verhältnis Der Dialektik Peter Abaelards Zur Modernen Logik." Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 9 (1973): 39-47.
- Seuren Pieter Albertus Maria. Language in Cognition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Volume I of Language from Within.
Summary of the two volumes: "Volume I begins by setting up certain central principles of the natural ontology according to which humans develop a theory of the actual world with the help of
nonactual, thought-up 'worlds' or, better, situations. It then presents a view of how language expresses thoughts developed in terms of this natural ontology, with an emphasis on the mechanism of
reference not only to extensional, actually existing objects but also to intensional, thought-up objects. An important aspect, elaborated in Chapter 4, is the fact that human communication does not,
as is usually thought, consist in the transfer of propositionally structured information, but, rather, in a socially binding form of position-taking with respect to such information.
We then go on to a discussion of the general semantic aspects of language in the context of the total ecological 'architecture' of language, mind, and world.
This leads to a cursory tour of lexical meaning and of the ways lexical meanings are structured so as to make linguistic utterances fit into given contexts or discourses.
Concentrating again on propositional content, basic principles of logic are introduced in Volume II, although not in the traditional fashion. A new and unconventional view of logic is developed
there, in which the logical constants are treated as lexical items, in fact as lexical predicates, with the special property that their meanings allow for the computation of entailments. It is argued
that this reduction of logic to lexical meaning shows better than anything else the relevance of logic and logical analysis for the study of linguistic meaning. This point of view is reinforced in
Chapter 10 of Volume II, where it is shown that presuppositions are a general semantic property of lexical predicates and where it is argued that a proper theory of presuppositions requires a
trivalent presuppositional logic. We then concentrate, in Chapter 3 of Volume II, on a reconstruction of the natural logic which nature may be taken to have instilled into human cognition.
This reconstructed logic is then placed in a historical perspective, which shows that basic natural predicate logic is, in fact, largely but not entirely identical with the logic proposed and
defended by the Edinburgh philosopherWilliam Hamilton in the nineteenth century. Aristotelian predicate logic is dissected in Chapter 5 of Volume II and reconstructed on the basis of Aristotle's own
texts, whereby it is found that Aristotle was not guilty of the logical error of undue existential import but left his logic incomplete. It is also found that the twelfth-century French philosopher
Abelard completed Aristotelian predicate calculus in Aristotle's spirit, avoiding undue existential import in a way that leads to a logically sound system that is more powerful than standard modern
predicate logic. Chapter 4 of Volume II shows that traditional predicate logic, with its undue existential import, has maximal logical power, in stark contrast to standard modern predicate logic,
which has hardly any logical power left. It also shows that the logically sound Abelardian system of predicate logic has much greater logical power than standard modern predicate calculus, while
still staying within the bounds of a strictly extensional ontology - a fact which raises questions regarding the status of standard modern predicate calculus in mathematics and mathematical
In Chapter 6 of Volume II it is shown that traditional predicate logic is also much more functional from the point of view of transmitting information than its standard modern counterpart. The fact
that, as a matter of principle, linguistic utterances need anchoring in context before they can be keyed to a given situation and the objects in it, is first discussed in Chapter 3, in the context of
Aristotle's concept of proposition.
Chapters 7 to 9 of Volume II are devoted to a further theoretical elaboration of the context-sensitivity of natural-language sentences and utterances. The notion of presupposition is central in this
respect. Chapter 10 of Volume II is devoted to the logical aspects of the context-sensitivity of language. A presuppositional logic is developed for both the propositional operators and the universal
and existential quantifiers. In this logic, a distinction is made between, on the one hand, a default, discourse-restricted area of metalogical relations, which is taken to have some degree of
psychological reality, and a purely theoretical area which has no psychological reality but is presented merely to show the character and properties of the logic involved." (pp. 7-8).
- ———. The Logic of Language. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Volume II of Language from Within.
- Shimizu Tetsuro. "From Vocalism to Nominalism: Progression in Abaelard's Theory of Signification." Didascalia 1 (1995): 15-46.
- ———. "Words and Concepts in Anselm Et Abelard." In Langage, Sciences, Philosophie Au Xiie Siècle, edited by Biard, Joël. 177-197. Paris: Vrin,
- ———. "The Place of Intellectus in the Theory of Signification by Abelard and Ars Meliduna." 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., 927-939. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006.
"The main concern of the present paper is with some theories of significatio in the 12th century, and how intellectus and imaginatio play a role in them, but not in others. In the present paper, I shall restrict my attention to Abelard and Ars meliduna, hoping to contrast
ABELARD'S THEORY OF SIGNIFICATION
As for Abelard's theory, I will make some comments concerning the present subject, with a summary of the conclusions that I have described elsewhere (1). In Glosse super
Porphyrium ("Ingredientibus"), Abelard's theory of signification bound up with his explanation and revision of the vocalist theory of a universal. He starts with the definition of the
universal, which involves the idea of impositio and nominatio, and so far the theory contains the name-things relationship only. Abelard,
however, also shows its difficulties, by raising the two cardinal aspects of signification: the first concerns nominatio, or significatio in
the broader sense, while the second, the intellectus that a name produces in the hearer, and this act of a name is significatio in the strict
Then he tries to solve the difficulties and presents his revision of the theory regarding each of the two aspects (2)." (p. 927)
In sum, we can contrast Abelard and the Ars meliduna as for how intellectus are treated with reference to signification. For both of them, a
status is some thing or some fact in the world, independent of intellectus, though it might be an object of intellectus,
but by no means a mental entity. This is the only point on which both will agree. To begin with, they oppose each other as for what is the status. For Abelard, status is
causa impositionis, while for the Ars meliduna, it is the object of signification. On the contrary, intellectus is
the object of signification for Abelard, while it is the causa impositionis for the Ars meliduna. Abelard thinks of intellectus from the hearer's point of view basing himself on Aristotle's De interpretatione, so that he attends to the act of producing intellectus in the hearer, while the Ars meliduna thinks of intellectus from the speaker's
point of view, basing itself on Priscian's grammar, so that it attends to the vocal words as revealing the speaker's intellectus. Thus the Ars
meliduna insists on the reverse of what Abelard insisted on." (p. 939).
(1) Shimizu, T., From Vocalism to Nominalism: Progression in Abaelard's Theory of Signification, Didascalia, 1,15-46.
(2) Abaelardus, Glossae super Porphyrium, hrsg. von Geyer, B., Peter Abaelards philosophische Schriften I,1933: 16, 25-30; 18,4-19,20.
- ———. "Word and Esse in Anselm and Abelard." In Anselm and Abelard. Investigations and Iuxtapositions, edited by Gasper,
Giles E.M. and Helmut, Kohlenberger. 179-195. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2006.
"The medieval controversy about the nature of universals was about nothing other than the relationship between word and thing. In order to understand the history and essence of the controversy, it is
most important to examine the thoughts of the two key figures: Anselm and Abelard, respectively the revered authority among the realists (reales), and the founder of the
nominalists (nominales). Though there certainly lies a crucial divergence in their views, nevertheless Abelard, as well as contemporary realists, owes many of his ideas,
conceptions and terms to Anselm. Having examined elsewhere their views on the relationship between word and concept, I would like to examine here those on the relationship between word and the world.
Through this examination I shall show how Anselm's metaphysical investigation about God's locution was transformed into Abelard's logical one about human words.
In the following, I shall first examine Anselm's theory of God's locution, showing how he explains it in terms of human language and in its relationship with created things, by examining some
passages from his Monologion and De grammatico.
Secondly, I shall focus my attention on Abelard's corresponding theories in his two commentaries on Porphyry, Glosse 'ingredientibus' and Glossule 'nostrorum petitioni sociorum'." p. 179
"Conclusion. The terms and concepts that Anselm proposed in his meditation on God's locution as the origin of created things constitute a common vocabulary for the controversy about universals. Even
Abelard, the founder of nominalism, when refuting the realists, uses these terms and concepts to differentiate himself from them. Such terms, among others, are essentia, esse
hominem, and status hominis, which is Abelard's substitute for Anselm's esse hominis. Again, Anselm's idea of significatio as an act of producing understanding in the hearer becomes the main idea in Abelard's semantics. We can, however, recognize elements of discrepancy between them as well
as these examples of agreement. Abelard excludes essentia from his theory of universals, separating it from esse hominem, and shifts the idea
of esse hominis to the one of status hominis. Again, Anselm's intellectus produced by a word is the understanding
by which an essentia, or something's esse, is understood, and the latter is based on the principalis essentia in
God, while Abelard's is separated from essentia and even from the facts in reality (status), in his later theory, though connected in his
earlier one. It seems that Abelard cultivates a new realm of conceptions independent of things' essentia; this realm is properly for human beings, not for God, the
creator. In this sense, 'Deus homo' happened between Anselm and Abelard." p. 195
- Spencer Mark K. "Abelard on Status and Their Relation to Universals. A Husserlian Interpretation." International Philosophical
Quarterly 51 (2011): 223-240.
"The discussion of universals in Peter Abelard's Logica 'Ingredientibus' has been interpreted in many ways. Of particular controversy has been the proper way to interpret his use of the term status.
In this paper I offer an interpretation of status by comparing Abelard's account of knowledge of universals to Edmund Husserl's presentations of categorial and eidetic intuition. I argue that status
is meant to be understood as something like an ideal object, in Husserl's sense of the term. First, I present Abelard's discussion of status and distinguish this term from universals, things, acts of
understanding, and forms. Next, I consider Husserl's account of categorial and eidetic intuition. Finally, I draw parallels between the two while showing how an interpretation of status as ideal
object overcomes the interpretive problems encountered by other commentators on Abelard."
- Spruyt Joke. "The Semantics of Complex Espressions in John Duns Scotus, Peter Abelard and John Buridan." In Aristotle's Peri Hermeneias in the Latin Middle
Ages. Essays on the Commentary Tradition, edited by Braakhuis, Henk A.G. and Henri, Kneepkens Corneille. 275-303. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.
- Strub Christian. "Propositio Una / Multiplex in Abelard: A Note on the Relationship of Dialectic and Grammar." In Aristotle's Peri
Hermeneias in the Latin Middle Ages. Essays on the Commentary Tradition, edited by Braakhuis, Henk A.G. and Henri, Kneepkens Corneille. 257-273. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.
- Stump Eleonore. "Logic in the Early Twelfth Century." In Meaning and Inference in Medieval Philosophy, edited by Norman, Kretzmann. 31-55. Dordrecht:
"A radical change took place in the treatment of logic in general and of dialectical topics in particular in the Twelfth century. In this paper I try to shed some light on the nature of that change
by looking at discussions of dialectic in a particular group of Twelfth-century treatises. On the basis of that analysis I make some suggestions about Abelard's influence on and originality in the
developments of logic in the Twelfth century."
- ———. Dialectic and Its Place in the Development of Medieval Logic. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989.
Chapter 5: Abelard on the Topics (pp. 89-109) and Chapter 6: Logic in the Early Twelfth Century (pp. 111-133).
- Sweeney Eileen C. Logic, Theology, and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille. Words in the Absence of Things. New York: Palgrave Macmillan,
Chapter 2: Abelard: a Twelth-Century Hermeneutics of Suspicion pp. 63-126.
"If Boethius's goal in his logical commentaries is to distinguish in order to unite, Abelard's goal seems simply to distinguish. Boethius's construction of a narrative from Aristotle's cryptic
remarks in the Peri hermeneias is one Abelard follows carefully and also criticizes, finding Boethius's connections more a confusion than a synthesis of the elements in
Aristotle's text. He argues that Boethius constructs a unity that is inauthentic, which asserts a happy ending, a union between language, understanding, and the world that is not quite achievable.
His own corpus of commentaries breaks down this narrative to consider its parts much more carefully.
Abelard's perception of gaps in Boethius's narrative and his desire to take it apart is signaled in many ways. It comes across at a general and formal level in his account of the relationship between
the Categories and Peri hermeneias in his later glosses on Porphyry (known as the Logica nostrorum petitioni
sociorum). In these later glosses, he argues that Aristotle's two works are not two pieces of a single narrative, an account of words leading to one of sentences, as Boethius claims (and as
was a tradition Abelard himself Follows in his earlier glosses), but the separate consideration of words insofar as they signify things (the Categories) and words insofar
as they signify intellectus (the Peri hermeneias) (LNPS 508. 32-37). Beginning with this division, then, I would like to consider Abelard's
account of the distinction between words and things in the earlier Glosses on Porphyry and the later gloss on Porphyry, and between words and understanding in the
Commentary on the Peri hermeneias. (10) I will attempt to examine the kind of a narrative Abelard constructs, insofar as he constructs any, of the processes of abstraction
and sentence construction." (pp. 66-67)
(10) See Constant Mews, "On Dating the Works of Peter Abelard," ADHLMA 52 (1985): 73-134; Marenbon, Peter Abelard, pp. 40-53; and L. M. de Rijk, "Peter Abelard's Semantics
and His Doctrine of Being," Vivarium 24, 2 (1986): 103-108. It is widely agreed that the Glosses on Porphyry and Commentary on the Peri hermeneias, both part of the Logica ingredientibus, are earlier (1118-20) than the later glosses on Porphyry (here: LNPS) and De intellectibus (from the mid-1120s).
- Swiniarski John. "Theories of Supposition in Medieval Logic. Their Origin and Their Development from Abelard to Ockham." State University of New York at Buffalo, 1971.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation available at ProQuest Dissertation Express.
- Thom Paul. "La Logique Abélardienne Des Modales De Rebus." In Pierre Abelard. Colloque International De Nantes, edited by
Jolivet, Jean and Habrias, Henri. 321-338. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2003.
Conférence internationale "Pierre Abélard, à l'aube des universités" 3-4 octobre 2001 Nantes
- ———. Medieval Modal Systems. Problems and Concepts. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
Chapter 3: Abélard pp. 43-64
- Thomas Rudolf, ed. Petrus Abaelardus (1079-1142). Person, Werk Und Wirkung. Trier: Paulinus-Verlag, 1980.
Trierer Theologische Studien. Band 38.
Inhaltsverzeichnis: Vorwort; Einfuhrung; Biographische Daten;
I. Die Gestalt und das Bild Abaelards.
D. E. Luscombe: The Letters of Heloise and Abelard since 'Cluny 1972'19; John F. Benton: A reconsideration of the authenticity of the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise 41; Peter Dronke: Heloise's
Problemata and Letters: Some Questions of Form and Content 53; Peter von Moos: Post festum -- Was kommt nach der Authentizitats-debatte uber
die Briefe Abaelards und Heloises? 75;
II: Abaelard, Philosoph und Logiker im 12. Jahrhundert.
Jean Jolivet: Doctrines et figures de philosophes chez Abélard 103; Mariateresa Beonio-Brocchieri Fumagalli: Concepts philosophiques dans l'Historia Calamitatum et dans
les autres oeuvres abélardiennes 121; L. M. de Rijk: Peter Abälard (1079-1142): Meister und Opfer des Scharfsinns / Offentlicher akademischer Vortrag, gehalten am 18. April 1979 in der Promotionsaula
der Theologischen Fakultät in Trier 125; L. M. de Rijk: The semantical Impact of Abailard's Solution of the Problem of Universals 139; Wolfgang L. Gombcz: Abaelards Bedeutungslehre als Schlüssel zum
Universalienproblem 153; Klaus Jacobi: Diskussionen über Prädikationstheorie in den logischen Schriften des Petrus Abaelardus. Versuch einer Ubersicht 165;
III. Die Stellung Abaelards in der Geschichte der Theologie und Liturgie.
Constant Mews: The development of the Theologia of Peter Abelard 183; Eileen F. Kearney: Peter Abelard as Biblical Commentator: A Study of the Expositio in Hexaemeron 199; Heinz Robert Schlette: Aspiratio. Prareformatorische Akzente in Abälards Erklärung der vierten Vaterunser-Bitte 211; Rolf
Peppermuller: Zu Abaelards Paulusexegese und ihrem Nachwirken 217; Thaddaeus Kucia: Die Anthropologie bei Peter Abaelard 223; Elisabeth Gossmann: Zur Auseinandersetzung zwischen Abaelard und Bernhard
von Clairvaux um die Gotteserkenntnis im Glauben 233; Maurice de Gandillac: Notes preparatoires a un débat sur le Dialogus 243; Lothar Steiger: Hermeneutische Erwagungen zu Abaelards Dialogus 247;
Chrysogonus Waddell: Peter Abelard as creator of liturgical texts 267; Rudolf Haubst: Marginalien des Nikolaus von Kues zu Abaelard (oder: Abaelard, wie Cusanus ihn sah) 287; Ernst Volk: Das Gewissen
bei Petrus Abaelardus, Petrus Lombardus und Martin Luther 297; Register zitierter Personen 331; Autorenverzeichnis 333.
- Thompson Augustine. "The Debate on Universals before Peter Abelard." Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (1995): 409-429.
- Tweedale Martin. "Abailard and Non-Things." Journal of the History of Philosophy 5 (1967): 329-342.
"I explain how Abailard thinks he can justify saying that certain items, particularly what is said by a sentence, are not things. His grounds are that they are never referred to by any noun. He holds
that nominalizations of sentences and of verbs, which appear to be nouns with such a reference, are not logically speaking nouns, and sentences which have a nominalization for a grammatical subject
do not have any logical subject."
- ———. Abailard on Universals. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1976.
"This work shows how Abailard elaborated and defended the view that universals are words, avoided the pitfalls of an image theory of thinking, and propounded a theory of "status" and "dicta" as
objects of thought without treating them as subjects of predication. His defense of these views is shown to depend on certain fundamental departures from the Aristotelian term logic of his day,
including a proposal for subjectless propositions, the treatment of copula plus predicate noun as equivalent to a simple verb, and a transformation of the 'is' of existence into the 'is' of
- ———. "Abailard and Ockham: Contrasting Defences of Nominalism." Theoria 46 (1980): 106-122.
"Although both Ockham and Abailard admit that science is of necessary truths and is about what is common to many rather than concrete particulars, Ockham claims knowledge has genuine objects, namely
mental signs, while Abailard denies that knowledge has genuine objects. Ockham's position, it turns out, cannot do justice to the objectivity of science and is in difficulties when it comes to
explaining how we know these mental signs. Neither problem afflicts Abailard's view."
- ———. "Abelard and the Culmination of the Old Logic." In The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the
Disintegration of Scholasticism, 1100-1600, edited by Norman, Kretzmann, Kenny, Anthony and Pinborg, Jan. 143-157. Cambrdige: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
- ———. "Reply to Professor De Rijk's "Martin M. Tweedale on Abailard: Some Criticisms of a Fascinating Venture"." Vivarium 25 (1987): 3-22.
"I reply to professor de Rijk's criticisms of my book "Abailard on universals". First I admit serious errors in some of my translations and offering some revisions of those. Second, I defend some of
my other translations as well as my interpretation of what Abailard intends by '"essentia"' and my contention that Abailard's doctrine on universals is not a form of conceptualism."
- ———. "Logic (I): From the Late Eleventh Century to the Time of Abelard." In A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy, edited by Dronke, Peter.
196-226. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
- Urbani Ulivi Lucia. La Psicologia Di Abelardo E Il "Tractatus De Intellectibus". Roma: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1976.
Indice: Prefazione di Sofia Vanni Rovighi 7; Introduzione 11; I. Sensus e imaginatio 21; II. Existimatio, scientia,
ratio 33; III. Gli intellectus e le loro distinzioni 45; IV. Altri tipi di Intellectus 69; V. Sermo e
significatio 85; XConclusione 95; Tractatus de intellectibus [testo latino] 101; BIbliografia 129-137.
- Vanni Rovighi Sofia. "Intentionnel Et Universel Chez Abélard." In Abélard: Le 'Dialogue'. La Philosophie De La Logique. Actes Du Colloque De Neuchâtel, 16-17
Novembre 1979. 21-28. Neuchâtel: Secrétariat de l'Université, 1981.
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Occident Au Milieu Du Xii Siècle, edited by Jolivet, Jean and Louis, René. 523-527. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1975.
- Wade Francis C. "Abelard and Individuality." In Die Metaphysik Im Mittelalter: Ihr Ursprung Und Ihre Bedeutung. Vorträge Des 2. Internationalen Kongresses Für
Mittelalterliche Philosophie, Köln, 31. August-6. September 1961, edited by Wilpert, Paul. 165-171. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1963.
Miscellanea Mediaevalia, vol. II.
"Peter Abelard in his "Logica ingredientibus" proposed to solve the problems of genus and species which Porphyry had refused to answer in his introduction to the "Categories" of Aristotle. The thesis
of this paper is that Abelard, in spite of his diligent enquiry, could not explain genus and species owing to his unanalyzed conception of an individual. Though Abelard failed in his inquiry, he did
not fail philosophy, for he held firmly to the data: that existents are individuals, that we have universal knowledge, and that universal knowledge is valid knowledge."
- Wciórka Wojciech. "Abelard on Porphyry's Definition of Accident." Mediaevalia philosophica Polonorum.Bulletin d'information concernant les recherches sur la
philosophie médiévale en Pologne 37 (2008): 168-181.
- Weidemann Hermann. "Zur Semantik Der Modalbegriffe Bei Peter Abaelard." Medioevo.Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale 7 (1981): 1-40.
- ———. "Modalität Und Konsequenz. Zur Logischen Struktur Eines Theologischen Arguments in Peter Abaelards Dialectica." In Argumentations-Theorie. Scholastische Forschungen Zu Den Logischen Und Semantischen Regeln Korrekten Folgerns, edited by Jacobi, Klaus. 695-706. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1993.
- Wenin Christian. "La Signification Des Universaux Chez Abélard." Revue Philosophique de Louvain 80 (1982): 414-448.
"The text in which Abelard attempts to reply, before 1120, to the questions left open by Porphyry on the statute of genera and species furnished a reflection on the meaning of the universal term,
understood since Aristotle as the possible predicate of a proposition true of several subjects taken individually. Abelard refuses all the kinds of realism which he knows. The universal word ("vox,
simplex sermo") has, however, more than the physical aspect of an uttered sound; it has the three meanings of: the individual things to the extent that they resemble each other, the intellective
activity of man and the common conception with the aid of which it can function."
- Wilks Ian. "The Logic of Abelard's Dialectica." University of Toronto, 1993.
Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation.
- ———. "Peter Abelard and the Metaphysics of Essential Predication." Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (1998): 365-385.
- ———. "Abelard on Context and Signification." American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (2007): 189-208.
"Abelard maintains that individual words in a sentence represent distinct semantic units of its overall meaning. He employs two strategies to defend this position in the face of troublesome
counterexamples. One strategy-the earlier of the two-sacrifices normal intuitions about what a word is, often labeling what seem to be words as non-signifying syllables. The later strategy invokes a
rather fluid conception of what the signification of a word is, allowing this signification considerable latitude to alter under the contextual influence of other words. This evolution of strategy is
linked to a new willingness on Abelard's part to adopt the principle of charity in interpreting sentences; this approach presumes the truth of the statement, and tries to find an interpretation which
bears that presumption out. This new willingness to adopt the principle is in turn linked to Abelard's developing vocation as an interpreter of biblical texts."
- ———. "Peter Abelard and His Contemporaries." In Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic, edited by Gabbay, Dov and Woods, John. 83-156. Amsterdam: Elsevier,
Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol. 2.
"It is standard practice to develop an account of categorical logic which starts with a discussion of words, and moves through categorical propositions to the categorical syllogisms themselves.
Abelard consciously adopts a parallel course for the logic of hypotheticals by beginning with a treatment of topics and hypothetical propositions. In general we can think of Abelard's development of
material as falling along these two axes: discussion of words and categorical propositions leading to categorical syllogisms; and then discussion of topics and hypothetical propositions leading to
hypothetical syllogisms. This way of organizing material is overtly embraced by Abelard in the Dialectica, in his attempt to depart from the commentary format. So it can
be taken as representing his most basic intuitions on how the subject matter of logic should be organized.
I will structure my discussion below accordingly. Part 1 deals with words, categorical propositions and categorical syllogisms. Part 2 deals with topics, hypothetical propositions and hypothetical
syllogisms. These two parts complete the treatment of Abelard, and Part 3 turns to his contemporaries and their schools." (pp. 84-85).
- Wöhler Hans-Ulrich. "Zur Philosophischen Position Des Nominalisten Petrus Abaelard. Aus Anlass Seines 900. Geburstag." Deutsche Zeitschrift für
Philosophie 27 (1979): 673-683.