Many scholars have argued that Ockham changes his mind on the nature of mental syncategoremata when he moves from his early to his late theory of concepts. If, in the first theory (the so-called fictum-theory), Ockham describes mental syncategoremata as linguistic concepts that are abstracted from spoken language, in the second theory (the so-called actus-theory), he describes them as signs of the mind, naturally co-signifying the same things that the mental categoremata to which they apply naturally signify. In this essay, I want to give some arguments to prove that while Ockham indisputably modifies his position on the nature of concepts, he does not depart from his early explanation of the formation and function of mental syncategoremata. I shall focus especially on his Quodlibet IV, q. 35, which dates to a later period of his career. It is a significant text, for in it Ockham reaffirms the view he established in the early Ordinatio.

Ockham on Mental Syncategoremata / Amerini, Fabrizio. - STAMPA. - (2017), pp. 149-166. [10.1007/978-3-319-66634-1]

Ockham on Mental Syncategoremata

Amerini Fabrizio
2017

Abstract

Many scholars have argued that Ockham changes his mind on the nature of mental syncategoremata when he moves from his early to his late theory of concepts. If, in the first theory (the so-called fictum-theory), Ockham describes mental syncategoremata as linguistic concepts that are abstracted from spoken language, in the second theory (the so-called actus-theory), he describes them as signs of the mind, naturally co-signifying the same things that the mental categoremata to which they apply naturally signify. In this essay, I want to give some arguments to prove that while Ockham indisputably modifies his position on the nature of concepts, he does not depart from his early explanation of the formation and function of mental syncategoremata. I shall focus especially on his Quodlibet IV, q. 35, which dates to a later period of his career. It is a significant text, for in it Ockham reaffirms the view he established in the early Ordinatio.
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Ockham on Mental Syncategoremata / Amerini, Fabrizio. - STAMPA. - (2017), pp. 149-166. [10.1007/978-3-319-66634-1]
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