chapter  III
30 Pages

Abstract Truth in Thomas Aquinas

WithRobert Pasnau

William Ockham's theory of mental language was a theory of ideal language. However, during his time in the academia he did not complete a systematic research program on the topic, and could thus not offer clear answers to many natural questions about the properties of this language. The mental language is common to everyone, and it rises from what the real structure of the world is like. Learning to think means learning the universal language. Thus, it seems that despite his nominalism, Ockham rather profoundly accepts the Aristotelian basic conviction that our understanding can meet the metaphysical basic structure of the world, that the world is intelligibile. This chapter examines Ockham's theory from another kind of perspective, from the perspective of a universal language. It sketches Ockham's mental language as an ideal representational system, and looks how the program would work for that purpose.