Porphyrian Semantics

A. C. Lloyd

in The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780198238065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597916 | DOI:
 Porphyrian Semantics

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Focuses on Porphyry's semantic and more specifically on his theory of ‘imposition of names’, i.e. how names are related to things. Examines Porphyry's treatment of genus and species and also of individual, singular, and general terms to emphasize his peculiarity in Neoplatonic philosophy. Infers that Porphyry's attitude is not to develop a metaphysical and a logical semantics, but only a metaphysical one. Finally, considers how Porphyry's metaphysical approach towards semantics was maintained by eleventh and twelfth century Byzantine Neoplatonists.

Keywords: Byzantine Neoplatonists; genus; names; Porphyry; predication; semantic; species

Chapter.  16068 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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