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Is There A Medieval Mereology?

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Among the methodologies employed by historians of logic, formalization occupies a controversial place. Catarina Dutilh Novaes distinguishes three distinct activities that are commonly labelled 'formalization'. These are axiomatization, symbolization, and what she calls conceptual translation into a given formal theory. This chapter examines some of the dangers that attend the use of these three practices in studying the logics of the past, and the author argues that when used with due care each of them can lead to illuminating interpretations.

Keywords:axiomatization; Catarina Dutilh Novaes; formalization; symbolization



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