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Manlevelt's commentary on the Isagoge combines its highly original contents with an almost 'classical' styling of its questiones format. The form in which this commentary is written, questiones, is one of the standard ways of presentation of a philosophical standpoint accepted in the later medieval intellectual community. This kind of commentary consists of a series of highly formalized disputes about the problems to which a chosen text has given rise. In this text as in any other commentary of the genre, the last part of a questio contains the refutations of the arguments leading to the solution opposite to the one advocated by the author. The genre of the Questiones is the perfect embodiment of the scholastic method. Manlevelt's theory of signs, as far as it can be distilled from his commentary on the Isagoge, seems to be quite in line with William of Ockham's theory.

Keywords: Isagoge; later medieval intellectual community; Questiones libri Porphirii; Theory of Signs; Thomas Manlevelt; William of Ockham's theory



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