© 1971

The Logic of Analogy

An Interpretation of St Thomas


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 1-31
  3. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 32-36
  4. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 37-48
  5. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 49-66
  6. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 67-79
  7. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 80-125
  8. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 126-135
  9. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 136-152
  10. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 153-165
  11. Ralph M. McInerny
    Pages 166-169
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


The need for another study on the doctrine of analogy in the writings ofSt Thomas may not be obvious, since a complete bibliography in this area would doubtless assume depressing proportions. The present work is felt to be justified because it attempts a full-fledged alternative to the interpretation given in Cajetan's De nominum analogia, an interpretation which has provided the framework for subsequent discussions of the question. Recently, it is true, there has been growing dissatisfaction with Cajetan's approach; indeed there have been wholesale attacks on the great commentator who is alleged to have missed the clef de voute of the metaphysics of his master. Applied to our problem, this criticism leads to the view that Cajetan was not metaphysical enough, or that he was metaphysical in the wrong way, in his discussion of the analogy of names. As its title indicates, the present study is not in agreement with Cajetan's contention that the analogy of names is a metaphysical doctrine. It is precisely a logical doctrine in the sense that "logical" has for St Thomas. We have no desire to be associated with attacks on Cajetan, the meta­ physician, attacks we feel are quite wrongheaded. If Cajetan must be criticized for his interpretation of the analogy of names, it is imperative that he be criticized for the right reasons. Moreover, criticism ofCajetan in the present study is limited to his views on the analogy of names.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Logic of Analogy
  • Book Subtitle An Interpretation of St Thomas
  • Authors R.M. McInerny
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-247-0104-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2960-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
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