Challenging Tradition

Constant J. Mews

in Abelard and Heloise

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156881
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835423 | DOI:

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 Challenging Tradition

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Challenging Tradition: the Dialectica. This chapter examines Abelard’s Dialectica, his first major treatise on dialectic. The treatise is structured around an analysis both of the major parts of speech, categories and of different kinds of argument, categorical and hypothetical. It argues that a driving theme is Abelard’s desire to counter the philosophically realist arguments presented by William of Champeaux.

Keywords: Abelard; William of Champeaux; dialectic; categories; argument; Aristotle; Boethius; realism

Chapter.  6711 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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