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Understanding and signification on Abelard's Tractatus de Intellectibus

Grant number: 11/20258-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal Investigator:José Carlos Estêvão
Grantee:André Botelho Scholz
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research seeks to comprehend the relation between intellection and signification from Abelard's Tractatus de Intellectibus. In this text, the philosopher tell us "meaning is the same as constituting one understanding an intellection, but mean something is not the same as constitutes an intellection of it". To understand this relation will be necessary to look in Abelard's works for concepts and arguments that allow comprehend what are signification, understandings and the relation between the two. We also seek support on Logica 'Ingredientibus' and excerpts from Dialectica. Lastly, we will try to check the validity of Jolivet's thesis according to which the Tractatus must be understood as a marginal essay on Abelard's works.