Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Lagerlund


  • Gyula Klima
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_80


The notion of being is the most fundamental notion in medieval metaphysics, but in some ways also in medieval theology, logic and epistemology. Given its centrality, it would be impossible to provide here even a sketchy historical survey of the variety of ways in which medieval authors handled this notion. Therefore, this article will rather survey those paradigmatic characteristics of the medieval notion that make it most difficult for contemporary philosophers to approach it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gyula Klima
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA