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Allan Bäck

Reduplication _From Handbook of Mereology


ISBN: 978-3-88405-659-2

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Reduplication concerns the qualification of statements so as to talk about certain aspects of them. In Aristotelian philosophy reduplications were typically marked by ‘qua’, ‘in virtue of’ etc.; hereafter ‘qua’ will be used for the purpose of a generic illustration. Such qua phrases generally restrict the scope of the statement to a part of what is stated originally. Sometimes Aristotle uses the term ‘reduplication’ (ἐπαναδίπλωσις) in discussing them, as his examples of qua propositions generally had a repetition, or ‘reduplication’, of one of the terms. E.g., “the good is known, in that (ὅτι) it is good” (An. Pr. 49 a 11 – An. Pr. 49 a 35). By medieval times all qua propositions were called ‘reduplicative’. Like other conjunctions such as ‘if’ and ‘because of’, a qua connective links up sentences, clauses, and phrases. Qua connectives occur at important points in the work of many philosophers: in Avicenna’s threefold distinction of quiddity, held by many to be the main medieval solution to the problem of universals (Al Madkhal, 15,1-15); in the supposition of subject terms in sentences like 'man is the worthiest of creatures' according to William of Sherwood (Introductiones ad logicam, 77, 18- 28); in the analysis of the Incarnation by Aquinas (Sentences III.XI.l; Summa theologiae III. 16.8-10), and Scotus (Sentences III.XI.2).  …




 


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