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Mentalism without Psychologism: Abelard's dicta as mental, objective entities

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

Journal Medioevo
Page(s) 17 - 37
Title of proceedings Medioevo


A reconsideration of the vexata quaestio of the nature of Abelard's propositional significates, i.e. dicta propositionum. Taking the term 'dictum' at face value, the paper argues that dicta are existentially dependent on propositions (i.e., for medieval thinkers: concrete vocal declarative sentences). It follows that dicta ultimately depend on individual mental acts. They are nonetheless objective in the sense that several different minds may produce identical dicta (dicta depend on mind, but not on a determinate, individual mind).