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Ockham on Concepts

1st Edition

By Claude Panaccio


210 pages

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William of Ockham (c.1287-1347) is known to be one of the major figures of the late Middle Ages. The scope and significance of his doctrine of human thought, however, has been a controversial issue among scholars in the last decade, and this book presents a full discussion of recent developments. Claude Panaccio proposes a richly documented and entirely original reinterpretation of Ockham's theory of concepts as a coherent blend of representationalism, conceptual atomism, and non reductionist nominalism, stressing in the process its special interest for current discussions in philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.


PRIZE: Winner of the Canadian Philosophical Association's 2007 Book Prize

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Intuition, abstraction, and mental language; Intellectual acts; Concepts as signs; Connotative terms in mental language; The role of nominal definitions; Cognition and connotation; Concepts as similitudes; Logical concepts; The Meaning of words; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Claude Panaccio is a Professor at the University of Quebec at Three Rivers, Canada.

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Ashgate Studies in Medieval Philosophy

Ashgate Studies in Medieval Philosophy

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