Introduction to Categories

Introduction to Categories

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The Isagoge or "Introduction" to Aristotle's "Categories," written by Porphyry in Greek and translated into Latin by Boethius, was the standard textbook on logic for at least a millennium after his death. It was composed by Porphyry in Sicily during the years 268-270, and sent to Chrysaorium, according to all the ancient commentators Ammonius, Elias, and David. The work includes the highly influential hierarchical classification of genera and species from substance in general down to individuals, known as the Tree of Porphyry, and an introduction which mentions the problem of universals. Boethius' translation of the work, in Latin, became a standard medieval textbook in European schools and universities, setting the stage for medieval philosophical-theological developments of logic and the problem of universals. Many writers, such as Boethius himself, Averroes, Abelard, Scotus, wrote commentaries on the book. Other writers such as William of Ockham incorporated them into their textbooks on logic.show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 2mm | 59g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514326809
  • 9781514326800

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