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Peter Abelard’s Conceptualism and Its Influence
Peter Abelard’s Conceptualism and Its Influence

Author(s): Elitza Kaldramova
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Middle Ages, Systematic Theology
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Abelard; conceptualism; universals; notion;

Summary/Abstract: The problem of the universals is associated with the universals’ existence and reasons for classifying objects as one species or genus. It inquires what notions and their features are. The problem’s importance is related to the detailed study of dialectics and the notion. The latter is the link between sensible objects and the mind and is essential for building sentences and propositions. Abelard’s conceptualism is moderate position considering universals as notions and focusing on the linguistic and logical aspects of the problem. The ontological aspect is not excluded which is evident due to the notion of status. The influence of Abelard’s conceptualism in modern times is associated with the theory of direct reference for nouns, the account of formal validity and the theory of propositional content. Common features between Abelard’s conceptualism and Rand’s objectivism are also discussed such as the abstraction, the important role of reason, the individual and the subjective element.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 71-81
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English