John le Page

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John le Page (Johannes Pagus)



Le Page is one of several semanticists at the University of Paris in the second quarter of the 13th century (others include Nicholas of Paris and , to a lesser extent, Peter of Spain), who tried to explain how a syncategorematic term has meaning in one sense and in another sense not, by appealing to a distinction between significatio generalis or signification in general, and signification specialis, or specific signification. A syncategorematic term has only a general signification, which is indefinite until it is determined by the words to which it is attached to. [1]


Primary sources

  • Rationes super Praedicamenta Aristotelis (1934) excerpted in E. Francheschini, 'Giovanni Pago: Le sua 'Rationes Super Praedicamenta Aristotelis' e la loto posizione nel movimento aristotelico del seculo XIII', Sophia 2:172; 329-50; 476-86.
  • *Commentary on the Perihermenias, MS Padova, Biblioteca Universitaria, 1589 (69ra-93v) - Lohr 1972, p 124, Braakhuis 1979, I p169 n14

Secondary sources

  • Grundel, J. (1958). Die Sentenzenglosse des Johannes Pagus (ca. 1243-45) in Padua Bibl. Ant. 139', Munchener theologische Zeitschrift 9:171-85; Pelster, F. (1930). 'Literaturgeschichtliches sur Pariser theologischen Schule aus den Jahren 1230 bis 1256', Scholastik 5:46-78; Braakhuis, H.A.G. (1979) De 13de eeuwse tractaten over syncategorematische tennen (Deel I), Krips Repro Meppel.



  1. ^ See Le Page, Syncategoremata, (Braakhuius 1979 I, pp 189-90), Nicholas of Paris (Syncategoremata, pp 4, 10, 16, 66-67, 132, 219, 246 and 281), Peter of Spain, Syncategoremata Braakhuis pp 264, 268.