Ockham on being

Normore, Calvin G. (2012). Ockham on being. In Leila Haaparanta and Heikki Koskinen (Ed.), Categories of being: essays on metaphysics and logic (pp. 1-25) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890576.001.0001

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Author Normore, Calvin G.
Title of chapter Ockham on being
Title of book Categories of being: essays on metaphysics and logic
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890576.001.0001
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780199890576
Editor Leila Haaparanta
Heikki Koskinen
Chapter number 4
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In his mature work Ockham begins with a semantics centred on the ideas that terms signify things and that connotative terms signify only those things signified by the terms in their nominal definitions, and argues that anything signified by terms in other Aristotelian Categories are also signified by terms in the Categories of Substance and Quality so that there is a clear sense in which every being is either an individual substance (or an individual part of one) or an individual quality. Ockham is prepared to admit that while many of these are, many others which are not either were, will be, or merely can be and so while in one sense he is an actualist and a presentist in another sense he is not. Ockham does not accept any distinction in re between essence and existence. He does accept that there is a ’transcendental’ sense of ’being’ (ens).
Keyword Ockham
Q-Index Code B1
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