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The 'Whole Abelard' And The Availability Of Language

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In 1121, the thinker Peter Abelard was condemned at the council of Soissons, having returned to Paris seven year earlier as a master of the school of Notre-Dame. This chapter focuses on two underlying layers of skepticism with regard to knowing the whole Abelard. It discusses the problem of disciplines and philosophy governed by the rules of the artes liberales. By way of a case study, the author tries to bring up some alternative interpretations of Abelards ideas on the notion of intention. In order to do justice to the third level of understanding. The chapter concludes with rules and availability of language, by introducing some criteria for further examination, illuminated by the problem of structures and Stanley Cavells interpretation of Wittgensteins view of language, as well as Claude Lvi-Strauss understanding of difference and sameness, which may help us to grasp aspects of Abelards typical articulation and style of arguing.

Keywords: Claude Lvi-Strauss; Peter Abelard; Stanley Cavell; Wittgenstein



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