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Form and Universal in Boethius

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Abstract:

Contrary to the claims of recent commentators, I argue that Boethius holds a modified version of the Ammonian three-fold universal (transcendent, immanent, and conceptual). He probably identifies transcendent universals as divine ideas, and accepts too forms immanent in corporeal particulars, most likely construing these along the Aphrodisian lines that he hints at in a well-known passage from his second commentary on Porphyry's Isagoge. Boethius never states the theory of the three-fold form outright, but I attempt to show that this theory nevertheless underlies and gives structure to what Boethius has to say on the topic.

Keywords: Boethius; forms; trinity; universal

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2012.670838

Affiliations: University of Notre Dame,

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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