The place of relations in Hieronymus Pardo's semantics of propositions
Materias Investigacion::Arte y Humanidades::Filosofía
Hieronymus Pardo
Propositional semantics
Modus se habendi
Complexe significabile
Ontological parsimony
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Taylor and Francis
Pérez-Ilzarbe, P. (Paloma). "The place of relations in Hieronymus Pardo's semantics of propositions". British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 24 (3), 2016, 512 - 531
I examine a sixteenth-century development of the anti-realist propositional semantics which is based on the notion of ‘mode’. Pardo uses this notion to offer a personal interpretation of the Buridanian criticism of complexe significabilia. He develops a middle way between the reduction of the significate of propositions to particular things and the postulation of non-standard entities which are only complexly signifiable. The key to this middle way is Pardo's understanding of the notion of ‘mode’ as connoting a relation between individual things. He offers a new interpretation of the signification of syncategorematic terms, and a definition of ‘comparative’ notions, by which something is known ‘relatively’ with respect to some other thing. And a real relational correlate is postulated for these relational ways of knowing. Relations are thus used to grant a specific significate of propositions, without renouncing the strict Buridanian rejection of any extra-categorial complexe significabilia. The role of relations in Pardo's propositional semantics consists in allowing a new (intensional) understanding of the significate of propositions.

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