Gyula Klima

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article argues that the most difficult conceptual hurdle in the way of a contemporary analytical philosopher trying to approach medieval philosophy is the notion of being or existence. It considers the recent criticism of an eminent analytical philosopher, Sir Anthony Kenny, of the doctrine of being of an equally eminent medieval philosopher-theologian, Thomas Aquinas. The article also develops a reconstruction of the doctrine of Aquinas that is just as exact and accessible as the Fregean doctrine which serves as Kenny's background, and is able to provide adequate replies to Kenny's main objections.

Keywords: medieval philosophy; being; existence; Anthony Kenny; Thomas Aquinas; Fregean doctrine

Article.  9117 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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