Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham

2017.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claude Panaccio, Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham, Joshua P. Hochschild and Meredith K. Ziebart (trs.), Fordham
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2017.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claude Panaccio, Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham, Joshua P. Hochschild and Meredith K. Ziebart (trs.), Fordham University Press, 2017, 283pp., $75.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780823272600. Reviewed by Eric W. Hagedorn, St. Norbert College In recent years, scholars of later medieval philosophy have come to believe that some medieval philosophers held theories of mental representation that seem markedly similar to the contemporary Language of Thought Hypothesis. Scholastic thinkers of the 14th century, such as William of Ockham (d. 1347) and John Buridan (d. 1360), argued that thinking occurs by actualizing various mental representations and that these representations could be most accurately described using linguistic/grammatical categories. On their accounts, mental representations have both signification and supposition (very roughly, in contemporary terms, they have both meaning and reference); some. . .

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