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Roques, Magali. 2019. Metaphor and mental language in late-medieval nominalism. Bochumer Philosophisches Jahresbuch für Antike und Mittelalter 22 : 140–171. 32 pp.
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Amsterdam: John Benjamins


This study is a throwback to the fourteenth century and the views of a few well-known nominalist philosophers on metaphor. Roques examines William of Ockham, John Buridan and the Ockhamist philosophers in order to find out whether there is a correlation between metaphor theory and different views over the connection strings between thought, language and communication. While all three share common -or else identical- ideas on the nature of thought, it seems that there is no consensus when it comes to the mechanisms and function of metaphor. This is not to say that there is no common ground whatsoever though. All of them treat metaphor as a meaning-transfer process from one word to another, produced deliberately by the speakers, being elicited by the similarity of the concepts.