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Aquinas’ Theory of the Copula and the Analogy of Being

Aquinas’ Theory of the Copula and the Analogy of Being Aquinas’ Theory of the Copula and the Analogy of Being Gyula Klima, Fordham University Introduction The modest aim of this paper is to reconcile several, seemingly conflicting claims Aquinas makes in various contexts concerning the semantic function of the copula. But this paper also targets an immodest aim. That immodest aim is to present Aquinas’ theory of the copula as a coherent part of his overall theory of the analogy of being. Given the all-encompassing character of Aquinas’ theory of the analogy of being, fully accomplishing that immodest aim cannot be the task of a brief paper. Nevertheless, as we shall see, the modest aim cannot properly be achieved without at least indicating how the immodest aim can be achieved. But first of all, let us see what causes the problem. The problem St. Thomas speaks most often about the semantic function of the copula in the context of making a distinction between two senses in which something can be said to be a being. The most comprehensive account of this distinction is provided by St. Thomas in the following passage: … ‘being’ is used in many senses. For in one sense ‘being’ is used as it is divided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Aquinas’ Theory of the Copula and the Analogy of Being

History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis , Volume 5 (1): 18 – Apr 5, 2002

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Aquinas’ Theory of the Copula and the Analogy of Being Gyula Klima, Fordham University Introduction The modest aim of this paper is to reconcile several, seemingly conflicting claims Aquinas makes in various contexts concerning the semantic function of the copula. But this paper also targets an immodest aim. That immodest aim is to present Aquinas’ theory of the copula as a coherent part of his overall theory of the analogy of being. Given the all-encompassing character of Aquinas’ theory of the analogy of being, fully accomplishing that immodest aim cannot be the task of a brief paper. Nevertheless, as we shall see, the modest aim cannot properly be achieved without at least indicating how the immodest aim can be achieved. But first of all, let us see what causes the problem. The problem St. Thomas speaks most often about the semantic function of the copula in the context of making a distinction between two senses in which something can be said to be a being. The most comprehensive account of this distinction is provided by St. Thomas in the following passage: … ‘being’ is used in many senses. For in one sense ‘being’ is used as it is divided

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Published: Apr 5, 2002

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