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Walter Burleys Propositio In Re And The Systematization Of The Ordo Significationis

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Walter Burley's so-called doctrine of propositio in re with which he is trying to give an account of the ultimate significatum of a written or spoken assertive sentence is one the most famous semantic theories of the early 14th century and the most infamous and notorious one as well. The question about the raison d’être of the doctrine of propositio in re is connected with some other problems: How to explain the severe modification of the traditional notion of a triplex oratio? Why are the mental concepts missing in QLPer? Why do they appear in all later presentations of the theory? These and similar questions are to be answered and the development of the doctrine is to be understood-against the background of that process which author calls the systematization of the ordo significationis and which perhaps, more precisely, would be characterized as the systematization and modification of the ordo significationis.

Keywords: ordo significationis; Propositio in Re; QLPer; raison d’être; semantic theories; systematization; triplex oratio; Walter Burley



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