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By David Robertson

Through the past due Hellenistic and early Imperial sessions (B.C. 50 – A.D. 300), vital advancements could be traced within the philosophy of language and its dating to brain. This e-book examines theories of language within the paintings of theologians and philosophers associated with historic Alexandria. the expansion of Judaism and Christianity in cultural facilities of the Roman Empire, certainly Alexandria, offers worthy testimony to the philosophical power of this era. The research of Later Greek philosophy might be extra heavily built-in with the Church Fathers, rather within the theologically delicate factor of the character of language. Robertson strains a few similar makes an attempt to reconcile immaterial, intelligible truth and the intelligibility of language, clarify the constitution of language, and make clear the character of that means. those shared difficulties are dealt with with higher philosophical sophistication by means of Plotinus, even though the comparability with Philo, Clement, and Origen illustrates major similarities in addition to transformations among Neoplatonism and early Jewish and Christian philosophy.

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