Anselm of Canterbury’s Commentary to Aristotle’s Categories

Marek Otisk

Abstract


The paper deals with the dialogue De grammatico written by Anselm of Canterbury. The author of the dialogue himself described the work as an introduction to dialectics. In that epoch, the leading role in the given art belonged to Aristotle’s Categories. As a result, the article aims to interpret Anselm’s dialogue as a commentary to Aristotle’s Categories conceived in a pedagogic form. Following Anselm’s treatise, the paper analyses particular theses from the Categories (firstly the so-called antepredicamenta, then the categories of substance, quality, and partly also having) and the approach Anselm employed in working with them.

Keywords


Anselm of Canterbury; Aristotle; categories; substance; quality

https://doi.org/10.5817/pf19-2-1921

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