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Hennekam, M.S.

Department of the History of Philosophy

Two Kinds of Mental Words: Crathorn on the Conventionality of Mental Language

Crathorn’s arguments for the conventionality of mental language are often seen as odd with respect to the commonly accepted claims on the topic at the time. However, if we properly contextualize his arguments, it will show that Crathorn’s views are not all that odd within the debate he was engaging himself with. Moreover, his views lie much closer to those held by Augustine and Ockham than is now being agreed on in the present-day literature. I shall argue that Crathorn’s position in the mental language debate provides us with a rather intuitive and well-embedded solution to a recurring problem in medieval theories of mental language.

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