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Abelard on Eternal Truths

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author DonatoEnrico,
Project "Ce que disent les propositions" : dictum et eventus chez Abélard
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Vivarium
Publisher Brill, Vivarium
Title of proceedings Vivarium


The aim of this paper is to provide a thorough analysis of Abelard's well-known thesis presented in his Dialectica according to which true conditional propositions are true "from eternity". I illustrate how this thesis hinges on an understanding of the notions of inference propositional meaning that is radically different from Boethius'. Abelard understands that the validity of eternal truths is grounded on the natures of things and explains how such validity is preserved in language by means of the process of imposition. I conclude by explaining why Abelard's later work, the so-called "Logica 'Ingredientibus'", mentions only in passing the theory of eternal truths.