The Logic of Analogy: An Interpretation of St. Thomas

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 1971 - Philosophy - 184 pages
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The need for another study on the doctrine of analogy in the writings ofSt Thomas may not be obvious, since a complete bibliography in this area would doubtless assume depressing proportions. The present work is felt to be justified because it attempts a full-fledged alternative to the interpretation given in Cajetan's De nominum analogia, an interpretation which has provided the framework for subsequent discussions of the question. Recently, it is true, there has been growing dissatisfaction with Cajetan's approach; indeed there have been wholesale attacks on the great commentator who is alleged to have missed the clef de voute of the metaphysics of his master. Applied to our problem, this criticism leads to the view that Cajetan was not metaphysical enough, or that he was metaphysical in the wrong way, in his discussion of the analogy of names. As its title indicates, the present study is not in agreement with Cajetan's contention that the analogy of names is a metaphysical doctrine. It is precisely a logical doctrine in the sense that "logical" has for St Thomas. We have no desire to be associated with attacks on Cajetan, the meta physician, attacks we feel are quite wrongheaded. If Cajetan must be criticized for his interpretation of the analogy of names, it is imperative that he be criticized for the right reasons. Moreover, criticism ofCajetan in the present study is limited to his views on the analogy of names.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM OF ANALOGY
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b The Commentary on Summa theologiae
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Sylvester of Ferrara
23
LOGIC AND ANALOGY
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THE SIGNIFICAT¤ON OF NAMES
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THE ANALOGY OF NAMES
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THE DIVISION OF ANALOGY
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Extrinsic Denomination and Analogous Names
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Diversus modus existendi impedit univocationem
127
Predication and Causality
130
Primum in aliquo genere
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Can God be Named by
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Why Many Divine Names?
155
Omne nomen cum defectu
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Ordo nominis ordo rerum
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Aliquid dicitur secundum analogiam tripliciter
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a Secundum intentionem non secundum esse
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b Secundum esse non secundum intentionem
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1 Genus logice loquendo 2 Genus physice loquendo 3 Univocal or analogous? 4 Who is the logicus?
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c Secundum intentionem secundum esse
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Summary VII THE ANALOGICAL CAUSE IX THE DIVINE NAMES
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Table of texts cited
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