Simon Noriega-Olmos on “Aristoteles De Interpretatione 16a3-8. An Inquiry Into Its Psychological Presuppositions And A Reevaluation of Its Philosophical Implications”

Aristotle’s De Interpretatione 16a3-8 has been traditionally construed as suggesting that linguistic expressions refer first to thoughts and second to objects in the external world, and that thoughts are “likenesses’ of external objects in the sense that they are mental-photographic representations of such objects. This reading, unfortunately, does not account for the intellection and signification of abstract concepts, and attributes to Aristotle a limited theory of intellection and signification. In my paper I provide a construal of the text that reveals a finer theory of signification and an understanding of Intellection compatible with that of De Anima III.