Understanding Chaucer's Intellectual and Interpretative World: Nominalist Fiction
The problem of undecideability is a preoccupation of Chaucer criticism. This study, while noting but not trying to account for every prior approach, proposes the positive alternative that in making his fictions, Chaucer gibes the Ockhamite nominalist approach to human understanding of the world.
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A General Prologue
The Interpretation of Dreams
The Approximation of Truth
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alchemy Alcione allegory ambiguities answer Arcite authority Book Canon Canon's Yeoman's Tale Canterbury Chaucer Review Chaucer's fiction Chaucerian Christian Clerk Clerk's Tale commune profit complex confusion consolation context conventional courtly love critical Damian divine doctrine Dorigen dreamer eagle fables fabliau faith familiar Fortune Fragment Franklin Franklin's Tale Geffrey Gellrich genre gentilesse God's fiction grief Griselda herte House of Fame human condition human experience idealism interpretation Knight Knight's Tale Law's Tale levels of reality literary live marriage meaning Medieval Melibee Merchant's metaphor Miller's Tale Monk moral narrative narrator narrator's nature nominalist Nun's Priest Ockham Palamon palinode paradigm paradox Pardoner Parson's Tale perhaps perplexities philosophical pilgrimage pilgrims poem poet present Prioress problem Prologue question resolution Retraction rhetoric romance salvation seems sense sexual simple spiritual story teaching tell texts Theseus thou tradition transcendent Troilus and Criseyde Troilus's truth ultimate understand virtue whole Wife Yeoman