The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts: Volume 1, Logic and the Philosophy of Language

The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts: Volume 1, Logic and the Philosophy of Language

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This is the first of a three-volume anthology intended as a companion to The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. Volume 1 is concerned with the logic and the philosophy of language, and comprises fifteen important texts on questions of meaning and inference that formed the basis of Medieval philosophy. As far as is practicable, complete works or topically complete segments of larger works have been selected. The editors have provided a full introduction to the volume and detailed introductory headnotes to each text; the volume is also indexed comprehensively.show more

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"As we expect from Kretzmann, the scholarship is impeccable, and the major points the reader needs to know are made clearly and succinctly. Those of us with an interest in medieval grammar have needed for some time a guide like this to the parallel tradition." Canadian Journal of Linguisticsshow more

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1. Boethius: on division; 2. Anonymous: abbreviatios Montana; 3. Peter of Spain: predictables; categories; 4. Lambert of Auxerre; properties of terms; 5. Anonymous: syncategoremata Monacensia; 6. Nicholas of Paris syncategoremata (selections); 7. Peter of Spain: syllogisms, topics, fallacies (selections); 8. Robert Kilwardby: the nature of logic: dialectic and demonstration; 9. Walter Burley: consequences; 10. William Ockham: modal consequences; 11. Albert of Saxony: insolubles; 12. Walter Burley: obligations (selections); 13. William Heytesbury: the compounded and divided senses; 14. William Heytesbury: the verbs 'know' and 'doubt'; 15. Boethius of Dacia: the sophisma 'every man is of necessity an animal'.show more