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AuthorAshworth, E. J. author
TitleLanguage and Logic in the Post-Medieval Period [electronic resource] / by E. J. Ashworth
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
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Descript XV, 309 p. online resource


Keckermann remarked of the sixteenth century, "never from the beginยญ ning of the world was there a period so keen on logic, or in which more books on logic were produced and studies oflogic flourished more abunยญ dantly than the period-in which we live. " 1 But despite the great profusion of books to which he refers, and despite the dominant position occupied by logic in the educational system of the fifteenth, sixteenth and sevenยญ teenth centuries, very little work has been done on the logic of the postยญ medieval period. The only complete study is that of Risse, whose account, while historically exhaustive, pays little attention to the actual logical 2 doctrines discussed. Otherwise, one can tum to Vasoli for a study of humanism, to Munoz Delgado for scholastic logic in Spain, and to Gilbert and Randall for scientific method, but this still leaves vast areas untouched. In this book I cannot hope to remedy all the deficiencies of previous studies, for to survey the literature alone would take a life-time. As a result I have limited myself in various ways. In the first place, I conยญ centrate only on those matters which are of particular interest to me, namely theories of meaning and reference, and formal logic


I/Historical Introduction -- 1. The Publication of Medieval Works -- 2. Scholasticism in Italy and Germany -- 3. Scholasticism in France and Spain -- 4. Humanism -- 5. Rudolph Agricola and His Influence -- 6. Petrus Ramus and His Influence -- 7. Seventeenth Century Logic: Eclecticism -- 8. Humanism and Late Scholasticism in Spain -- 9. Other Schools of Logic -- 10. A Note on Terminology -- II/Meaning and Reference -- I. The Nature of Logic -- II. Problems of Language -- II. Supposition Theory -- III. Semantic Paradoxes -- III/Formal Logic. Part One: Unanalyzed Propositions -- I. The Theory of Consequence -- II. Propositional Connectives -- III. An Analysis of the Rules Found in Some Individual Authors -- IV/ Formal Logic. Part Two: The Logic of Analyzed Propositions -- I. The Relationships Between Propositions -- II. Supposition Theory and Quantification -- III. Categorical Syllogisms -- Appendix/Latin Texts -- 1. Primary Sources -- 2. Secondary Sources on the History of Logic 1400โ{128}{147}1650 -- Index of names

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