Humanity's knowledge of natures in Peter Abelard's solution to the problem of universals

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Title: Humanity's knowledge of natures in Peter Abelard's solution to the problem of universals
Authors: Leroy, Warren
Date: 2010
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to identify and discuss a problem in Peter Abelard's solution to the problem of universals. In Chapter 1, I present a brief account of Abelard's account of universals geared towards familiarizing the reader with the basic concepts and terminology involved in his solution In Chapter 2, I identify the problem I perceive with this account; namely that Abelard seems to be committed to two, incompatible, positions as regards whether or not it is possible for human beings to acquire knowledge of natures. In Chapter 3, I will examine the passages where Abelard addresses this tension. As we will see, he provides no satisfactory solution to this problem. At the end of Chapter 3, I will also examine the work of Peter King who, in his highly influential Ph.D thesis, suggests a reading of certain passages in Abelard that he thinks solves our problem. I will argue, however, that King's solution cannot be accepted as it relies on a mistaken translation of Abelard's Latin such that it misconstrues the passages King cites as evidence for his view.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/28498
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-12570
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010
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