Logic and Language in the Middle Ages

Logic and Language in the Middle Ages : A Volume in Honour of Sten Ebbesen

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During a career spanning four decades, Sten Ebbesen has produced a body of work which stands as a remarkable and important contribution to the field of medieval philosophy. Combining philological expertise and textual work with a deep philosophical understanding and a broad historical outlook, his vast output deftly penetrates and analyses often difficult and complex issues. The present volume pays homage to this body of work by investigating topics relevant to its two most central themes: logical and linguistic analysis. True to the work it seeks to honour, these closely connected themes are explored from both historical and philosophical perspectives and within both the Latin and Greek philosophical traditions.
Contributors are Fabrizio Amerini, E. Jennifer Ashworth, E.P. Bos, Laurent Cesalli, Alessandro Conti, Silvia Donati, Sten Ebbesen, Jakob L. Fink, K. Margareta Fredborg, Frederic Goubier, Heine Hansen, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Yukio Iwakuma, Alain de Libera, C.H. Kneepkens, Simo Knuuttila, Roberto Lambertini, John Magee, John Marenbon, Costantino Marmo,Christopher J. Martin, Ana Maria Mora-Marquez, Calvin Normore, Paloma Perez-Ilzarbe, Mary Sirridge, Paul Thom, Christina Thomsen Thoernqvist and Luisa Valente.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 478 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 31.24mm | 853g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004235922
  • 9789004235922
  • 3,830,060

Table of contents

List of Contributors ... xi
Preface ... xiii

Introduction ... 1
Sten Ebbesen

1. Preliminary Observations on the Textual Tradition of Boethius'First Peri Hermeneias Commentary ... 13
John Magee
2. Alberic of Paris on Mont Ste Genevieve against Peter Abelard ... 27
Yukio Iwakuma
3. Gilbert of Poitiers's Contextual Theory of Meaning and the Hermeneutics of Secrecy ... 49
John Marenbon
4. Instantiae and the Parisian Schools ... 65
Christopher J. Martin
5. Tempting Moves: Anonymus Cantabrigiensis on Peirastic Dialectic ... 85
Jakob L. Fink
6. Philosophers and Other Kinds of Human Beings according to Peter Abelard and John of Salisbury ... 105
Luisa Valente
7. A Logical Joust in Nikephoros Blemmydes' Autobiography ... 125
Katerina Ierodiakonou
8. Strange Finds, or Nicholas of Paris on Relations ... 139
Heine Hansen
9. Robert Kilwardby and Albert the Great on Praedicamenta and Praedicabilia ... 155
Alessandro D. Conti
10. Culuerbinus somnians ... 171
Paul Thom
11. The 'Anonymus Aurelianensis III' and Robert Kilwardby on the Prior Analytics ... 185
Christina Thomsen Thoernqvist
12. Demonstratio ad oculum and Demonstratio ad intellectum: Pronouns in Ps.-Jordan and Robert Kilwardby ... 199
Mary Sirridge and Karin Margareta Fredborg
13. A Note on articulatio and University Grammar ... 221
C. H. Kneepkens
14. Explanation and Defijinition in Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics ... 239
Fabrizio Amerini
15. Aquinas, Scotus and Others on Naming, Knowing, and the Origin of Language ... 257
E. Jennifer Ashworth
16. Concrete Accidental Terms ... 273
Simo Knuuttila
17. Socrates desinit esse non desinendo esse: Limit-decision problems in Peter of Auvergne ... 287
Paloma Perez-Ilzarbe
18. Does Loving Every Mean Loving Every Every, Even Non-existent Ones? Distribution and Universals in the Opus puerorum ... 305
Laurent Cesalli, Alain de Libera and Frederic Goubier
19. Apparentia and modi essendi in Radulphus Brito's Doctrine of the Concepts: The Concept of Being ... 337
Silvia Donati
20. Radulphus Brito on Common Names, Concepts and Things ... 357
Ana Maria Mora-Marquez
21. Radulphus Brito on Relations in his Questions on the Sentences ... 373
Costantino Marmo
22. Buridanian Possibilities ... 389
Calvin G. Normore
23. Marsilius of Inghen on the Principle of Non-Contradiction ... 403
Egbert P. Bos
24. Logic, Language and Medieval Political Thought ... 419
Roberto Lambertini

Bibliography ... 433
Complete Bibliography of Sten Ebbesen ... 455
Index of Names ... 469
Index of Manuscripts ... 475
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About Jakob Leth Fink

Jakob Leth Fink, Ph.D. (2009), University of Copenhagen, holds a postdoc position at the Center for the Aristotelian Tradition at that university. He has published on Plato and Aristotle and is the editor of The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle (Cambridge, forthcoming 2012).
Heine Hansen, Ph.D. (2010), in Philosophy, University of Sydney, is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Aristotelian Tradition, University of Copenhagen. He is the author of John Pagus on Aristotle's Categories (Leuven University Press, 2012) and has published several articles and editions of medieval philosophical texts.
Ana Maria Mora-Marquez, Ph.D. (2009), University Paris 1, holds a postdoc position at the Center for the Aristotelian Tradition at that university. She has published numerous articles on medieval logic and semantics and edited medieval texts on Aristotle's De Interpretatione.
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