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Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham

Claude Panaccio


The notion that human thought is structured like a language, with a precise syntax and semantics, has been pivotal in recent philosophy of mind. Yet it is not a new idea: it was systematically explored in the fourteenth century by William of Ockham and became central in late medieval philosophy. This book examines the background of Ockham's innovation by tracing the history of the mental language theme in ancient and medieval thought. It shows the various contexts in which the idea was developed, the different uses it was put to, and the networks through which it was transmitted. Two ancient t ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, concept, language of thought, mental language, mental word, Ockham, thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823272600
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823272600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claude Panaccio, author
University of Québec at Montréa