Poinsot, John

Type: Person

Alternate Labels

  • John Poinsot
  • John of St. Thomas

Key Passages

Reading List


The main philosophical work by Poinsot, the Cursus Philosophicus Thomisticus was first published at Alcalà de Henares (Complutum), Iberia, 1631-1635; a modern edition was published by Beato Reiser in 1930 at Turin. The second Reiser’s edition (Turin, 1948) was reprinted by Georg Olms, Hildesheim, 2008 in three volumes:

  • Ars logica seu de forma et materia ratiocinandi
  • Naturalis philosophiae pars I et III
  • Naturalis philosophiae pars IV et indices.
  • Poinsot John. Tractatus De Signis. The Semiotic of John Poinsot. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • John of St.Thomas. Outlines of Formal Logic. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1955.
  • John of St.Thomas. The Material Logic of John of St. Thomas: Basic Treatises. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955.
  • John of St.Thomas. Introduction to the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas: The Isagoge of John of St. Thomas. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2004.
  • John of St.Thomas. John of St. Thomas [Poinsot] on Sacred Science: Cursus Theologicus I, Question 1, Disputation 2. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2013.
  • John of St.Thomas.. “Entia Rationis and Second Intentions.” New Scholasticism 23 (1949): 395-413.
  • John of St.Thomas. The Gifts of the Holy Ghost. London: Sheed & Ward, 1951.

Studies on John Poinsot

  • “John Poinsot.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68, no. 3 (1994). Special issue on John Poinsot (John of St. Thomas)
  • Ashworth Earline Jennifer. “The Historical Origins of John Poinsot’s Treatise on Signs.” Semiotica 69 (1988): 129-147.
  • John N. Deely (trans. and ed.), with Ralph Austin Powell, Tractatus de Signis. The Semiotic of John Poinsot. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
  • Bellerate Bruno. “Conceito De Existência Em João De S. Tomás.” Filosofia 5 (1958): 154-169. Reprinted in: Jesué Pinharanda de Gomes (ed.) – Antologia de estudos sobre João de Santo Tomás – Lisboa, Edição do Instituto Amaro da Costa, 1985.
  • ———. L’analogia Tomista Nei Grandi Commentatori Di S. Tommaso. Roma: Editrice Salesiana, 1960.
  • Beuchot Mauricio. “La Doctrina Tomista Clásica Sobre El Signo: Domingo De Soto, Francisco De Araújo Y Juan De Santo Tomás.” Critica (1980): 39-60.
  • ———. “El Problema De Los Universales En Juan De Santo Tomás.” Revista de filosofía (Maracaibo) 12 (1989): 33-42.
  • ———. “Intentionality in John Poinsot.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 279-296.
  • ———. Semiótica, Filosofía Del Lenguaje Y Argumentación En Juan De Santo Tomás. Pamplona: Universidad de Navarra, 1999.
  • Beuchot Mauricio, and Deely John. “Common Sources for the Semiotic of Charles Peirce and John Poinsot.” Review of Metaphysics 48 (1995): 549-566.
  • Bondi Eugene. “Predication: A Study Based on the “Ars Logica” of John of St. Thomas.” Thomist 30 (1966): 260-294.
  • Cahalan John C. “If Wittgenstein Had Read Poinsot: Recasting the Problem of Signs and Mental States.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 297-319.
  • Coombs Jeffrey S. “John Poinsot on How to Be, Know, and Love a Non-Existent Possible.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 321-335.
  • Dalcourt Gerard J. “Poinsot and the Mental Imagery Debate.” Modern Schoolman 72 (1994): 1-12.
  • Doyle John J. “John of St. Thomas on Mathematical Logic.” New Scholasticism 27 (1953): 3-38.
  • Doyle John Patrick. “Poinsot on the Knowability of Beings of Reason.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 337-362.
  • Fernández RodrÍguez José Luis. “Tipologia Del Ente De Razón.” Anuario Filosófico 30 (1997): 361-379.
  • Forlivesi Marco. Conoscenza E Affettività. L’incontro Con L’essere Secondo Giovanni Di San Tommaso. Bologna: Edizioni Studio Domenicano, 1993.
  • Furton Edward J. A Medieval Semiotic. Reference and Representation in John of St. Thomas’ Theory of Signs. New York: Peter Lang, 1995.
  • ———. “The Constitution of the Object in Immanuel Kant and John Poinsot.” Review of Metaphysics 51 (1997): 55-75.
  • Gomes Pinharanda. João De Sancto Tomás Na Filosofia Do Século Xvii. Lisboa: Ministério da Educaçao, 1983.
  • Gracia Jorge J.E., and Kronen John D. “John of Saint Thomas.” In Individuation in Scholasticism. The Later Middle Ages and the Counter-Reformation, 1150-1650, edited by Gracia, Jorge J.E., 511-533. New Yourk: State University of New York Press, 1994.
  • Guagliardo Vincent. “Being-as-First-Known in Poinsot: A-Priori or Aporia?”. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 363-394.
  • Herculano de Carvalho José. “Segno E Significazione in João De São Tomás.” In Aufsätze Zur Portugiesischen Kulturgeschichte – Vol. 2, edited by Flasche, * * Hans, Briesemeister, Dietrich and Körner, Karl-Hermann. 161-176. Münster: Aschendorff, 1960. Reprinted in: José Herculano de Carvalho – Estudos linguísticos, vol. II, pp. 131-168, Atlântida Editora, Coimbra 1973
  • Kennedy Leonard A. “La Doctrina De La Existencia En La Universidad De Salamanca Durante El Siglo Xvi.” Archivo Teológico Granadino 35 (1972): 5-71.
  • Kronen John D. “The Substantial Unity of Material Substances According to John Poinsot.” Thomist 58, no. 599 (1994): 615.
  • Marmo Costantino. “The Semiotics of John Poinsot.” Versus 46 (1987): 109-129.
  • Maroosis James. “Poinsot, Peirce, and Pegis: Knowing as a Way of Being.” In A Thomistic Tapestry. Essays in Memory of Étienne Gilson, edited by Redpath, Peter A., 157-176. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003.
  • Moreno Alberto. “Implicación Material En Juan De Santo Tomás.” Sapientia 14 (1959): 188-191.
  • ———. “Lógica Proposicional En Juan De Santo Tomás.” Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 4 (1963): 113-134.
  • Murphy James Bernard. “Nature, Custom and Stipulation in the Semiotic of John Poinsot.” Semiotica 83 (1983): 33-68.
  • ———. “Language, Communication, and Representation in the Semiotic of John Poinsot.” Thomist 58 (1994): 569-598.
  • Nuchelmans Gabriel. Late-Scholastic and Humanist Theories of the Proposition. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1980.
  • ———. Judgment and Proposition. From Descartes to Kant. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1983.
  • ———. “Can a Mental Proposition Change Its Truth Value? Some 17th-Century Views.” History and Philosophy of Logic 15 (1994): 69-84.Reprinted in: Gabriel Nuchelmans – Studies on the History of Logic and Semantics, 12th-17th Centuries, edited by Egbert Peter Bos, Variorum, Aldershot, 1996, (Text XIV).
  • Powell Ralph Austin. “Poinsot as Foil for Doctrinal Considerations on Inexistent Personality in Existent Substance According to C. S. Peirce.” In Semiotics 1983, edited by Evans, Jonathan and Deely, John. 93-104. Lanham: University Press of America, 1987.
  • Raposa Michael. “Poinsot on the Semiotics of Awareness.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 395-408.
  • Rasmussen Douglas B. “The Significance for Cognitive Realism of the Thought of John Poinsot.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 409-424.
  • Santaella-Braga Lucia. “John Poinsot’s Doctrine of Signs: The Recovery of a Missing Link.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 51 (1991): 151-159.
  • Solana Marcial. Los Grandes Escolásticos Españoles De Los Siglos Xvi Y Xvii: Suas Doctrinas Filosóficas Y Su Significación En La Histoire De La Filosofia. Madrid: Jaime Ratés, 1928.
  • Tello Belisario D. “El Ente De Razón Según Juan De Santo Tomás.” Philosophia 11 (1954): 43-50.
  • Thomas Ivo. “Material Implication in John of St. Thomas.” Domincan Studies 3 (1950): 180-185.
  • Tyn Thomas. “L’essere Nel Pensiero Di Giovanni Di San Tommaso.” Angelicum 66 (1989): 21-55.
  • Wells Norman J. “John Poinsot on Created Eternal Truths Vs. Vasquez, Suárez and Descartes.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 68 (1994): 425-446.
  • Winance Eleuthère. “Echo De La Querelle Du Psychologisme Et De L’antipsychologisme Dans L’“Ars Logica” De Jean Poinsot.” Semiotica 56 (1985): 225-259.
  • Wojtkiewicz C. “L’objet De La Logique Chez Jean De Saint-Thomas.” Roczniki Filozoficzne 9 (1961): 1-21.
  • Wolicka Elzbieta. “The Notion of Truth in the Epistemology of John of Saint Thomas.” New Scholasticism 53 (1979): 96-106.

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