Did Aquinas Answer Cajetan’s Question? Aquinas’s Semantic Rules for Analogy and the Interpretation of De Nominum Analogia
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:273-288 (2003)
AbstractCajetan’s analogy theory is usually evaluated in terms of its fidelity to the teachings of Aquinas. But what if Cajetan was trying to answer questions Aquinashimself did not raise, and so could not help to answer? Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia can be interpreted as intending to solve a particular semantic problem: to characterize the unity of the analogical concept, so as to defend the possibility of a non-univocal term’s mediating syllogistic reasoning. Aquinas offers various semantic characterizations of analogy, saying it involves, for instance: signification per prius et posterius; or a ratio propria which is only found in one analogate; or diverse modi significandi with a common res significata. Examined in turn, it is clear that none of Aquinas’s rules for analogy solve the semantic problem described. Cajetan thus cannot be reasonably expected to have intended his analogy treatise primarily as an interpretation or systematization of Aquinas’s teaching on analogy
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
No references found.
Citations of this work
Resources for Research on Analogy: A Multi-Disciplinary Guide.Marcello Guarini, Amy Butchart, Paul Simard Smith & Andrei Moldovan - 2009 - Informal Logic 29 (2):84-197.
Creator/Creatures Relation: “The Distinction” Vs.“Onto-Theology”.David B. Burrell - 2008 - Faith and Philosophy 25 (2):177-189.
Thomas Aquinas, Political Thought.Holly Hamilton-Bleakley - 2011 - In H. Lagerlund (ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer. pp. 1287--1291.
Similar books and articles
The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan's De Nominum Analogia.Joshua P. Hochschild - 2010 - Notre Dame, IN, USA: University of Notre Dame Press.
A Renaissance Reading of Aquinas: Thomas Cajetan on the Ontological Status of Essences.Luca Gili - 2012 - Metaphysica 13 (2):217-227.
The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan's de Nominum Analogia (Review).Jennifer Hart Weed - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (1):121-122.
The Role of Focus in Aquinas’s Doctrine of Analogy.Antonio Donato - 2003 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:289-301.
Review of Joshua P. Hochschild, The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan's De Nominum Analogia. [REVIEW]E. Jennifer Ashworth - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (7).
Ens Multipliciter Dicitur: The Semantics and Metaphysics of Being in St. Thomas Aquinas.Gyula Klima - manuscript
Analogical Deduction Via a Calculus of Predicables.Joseph P. Li Vecchi - 2010 - Philo 13 (1):53-66.
Analogia Entis: On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith.Steven A. Long - 2011 - University of Notre Dame Press.
Aquinas, Cognitive Theory, and Analogy: A Propos of Robert Pasnau’s Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages.John P. O’Callaghan - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (3):451-482.