Peter Abelard and the metaphysics of essential predication

Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (3):365-385 (1998)
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On several critical occasions in his philosophical and theological musings, we find Abelard having recourse to what is at heart the same philosophical simile -- in one instance drawing comparison to a stone statue, in another to a bronze statue, in a third to a wax image. The common point of comparison is obvious; each of these examples gives us a case where some physical material has come to receive some manner of shape. The doctrine illustrated by these means is not, as might be supposed, a conventional Aristotelian form/matter metaphysics.



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