Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-14
  • Publisher: North-Holland
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Starting at the very beginning with Aristotle's founding contributions, logic has been graced by several periods in which the subject has flourished, attaining standards of rigour and conceptual sophistication underpinning a large and deserved reputation as a leading expression of human intellectual effort. It is widely recognized that the period from the mid-nineteenth century until the three-quarter mark of the century just past marked one of these golden ages, a period of explosive creativity and transforming insights. It has been said that ignorance of our history is a kind of amnesia, concerning which it is wise to note that amnesia is an illness. It would be a matter for regret, if we lost contact with another of logic's golden ages, one that greatly exceeds in reach that enjoyed by mathematical symbolic logic. This is the period between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries, loosely conceived of as the Middle Ages. The logic of this period does not have the expressive virtues afforded by the symbolic resources of uninterpreted calculi, but mediaeval logic rivals in range, originality and intellectual robustness a good deal of the modern record. The range of logic in this period is striking, extending from investigation of quantifiers and logic consequence to enquiries into logical truth; from theories of reference to accounts of identity; from work on the modalities to the stirrings of the logic of relations, from theories of meaning to analyses of the paradoxes, and more. While the scope of mediaeval logic is impressive, of greater importance is that nearly all of it can be read by the modern logician with at least some prospect of profit. The last thing that mediaeval logic is, is a museum piece.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
List of Contributorsp. ix
Logic before 1100: The Latin Traditionp. 1
Logic at the Turn of the Twelfth Centuryp. 65
Peter Abelard and his Contemporariesp. 83
The Development of Supposition Theory in the Later 12th through 14th Centuriesp. 157
The Assimilation of Aristotelian and Arabic Logic up to the Later Thirteenth Centuryp. 281
Logic and Theories of Meaning in the Late 13th and Early 14th Century including the Modistaep. 347
The Nominalist Semantics of Ockham and Buridan: A 'Rational Reconstruction'p. 389
Logic in the 14th Century after Ockhamp. 433
Medieval Modal Theories and Modal Logicp. 505
Treatments of the Paradoxes of Self-referencep. 579
Developments in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuriesp. 609
Relational Logic of Juan Caramuelp. 645
Port Royal: The Stirrings of Modernityp. 667
Indexp. 701
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