Thomas of Erfurt

[Revised entry by Jack Zupko on February 3, 2015. Changes to: notes.html] Thomas of Erfurt was the most influential member of a group of later medieval philosophers known as the speculative
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[Revised entry by Jack Zupko on February 3, 2015. Changes to: notes.html] Thomas of Erfurt was the most influential member of a group of later medieval philosophers known as the speculative grammarians or Modistae (Modists), after the central place they assigned to the modi significandi (modes of signification) of a word in their analyses of human discourse. The notion that a word, once it has been imposed to signify, carries with it all of its syntactical modes, or possible combinations with other words, had been around since the...

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