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Richard Brinkley on Supposition

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This chapter comments on six notabilia found in the general observations (praemittenda)with which Brinkley begins his treatise on supposition in his Summa logicae: (i) the logico-metaphysical explanation of the distinction between signification and supposition, (ii) the ontic division principle of supposition, (iii) the relationship between supposita and truth-makers, (iv) what seems to be a late (and English) resurgence of natural supposition, (v) a pragmatic suspension of the regula appellationum, and (vi) Brinkley's apparently incompatible claims that there are communicable things and that there are only singular things, a position that is a medieval form of immanent realism. Based on the two manuscripts that contain the treatise on supposition, an appendix offers a provisional edition of part of Brinkley's Summa, a collaboration between the author and Joel Lonfat. The chapter focuses on the fourth part of the Summa logicae, and presents a detailed study on Brinkley's supposition theory.

Keywords: Joel Lonfat; Richard Brinkley; Summa logicae; supposition theory



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