Medieval Theories: Properties of Terms
Medieval Theories: Properties of Terms

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[Revised entry by Stephen Read on March 2, 2023.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html]
The theory of properties of terms (proprietates terminorum) was the basis of the medievals’ semantic theory. It embraced those properties of linguistic expressions necessary to explain truth, fallacy and inference, the three central concepts of logical analysis. The theory evolved out of the work of Anselm and Abelard at the turn of the twelfth century, developed steadily through the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and was still undergoing changes in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is generally agreed that its early stages…

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