Two of the most relevant milestones on the subject of truth in the Middle Ages are the dialogue De Veritate of Anselm of Canterbury and the Disputed Question on Truth of Thomas Aquinas, written within two centuries. This article presents the core ideas of both of these milestones and explores the relationship between them. In his text, Aquinas reintroduces the Anselmian definition of truth as "rectitude only conceivable by the mind", without wholly taking it up. Rather, he offers a new understanding of truth as "adequacy between intellect and thing", in which the characteristic features of the Anselmian rectitude are diminished.
- Anselm of Canterbury
- Thomas aquinas