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Medieval Theories of Analogy

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[Revised entry by E. Jennifer Ashworth on September 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Medieval theories of analogy were a response to problems in three areas: logic, theology, and metaphysics. Logicians were concerned with the use of words having more than one sense, whether completely different, or related in some way. Theologians were concerned with language about God. How can we speak about a transcendent, totally simple spiritual being without altering the sense of the words we use? Metaphysicians were concerned with talk about reality. How can we say...

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