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TitleThe Medieval Heritage in Early Modern Metaphysics and Modal Theory, 1400-1700 [electronic resource] / edited by Russell L. Friedman, Lauge O. Nielsen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
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Descript VI, 349 p. 1 illus. online resource


On the most basic level, the articles brought together in the present volume aim to contribute to the charting of the (often subtle) links between the medieval and early modern periods in the fields of metaphysics, philosophical theology, and modal theory. In selecting this line of inquiry the volume is consciously intended to offer support for the stance that in the higher or speculative sciences no sharp divide exists between the later Middle Ages, on the one hand, and the Renaissance and early modern period, on the other. In adopting such an approach, one emphasizing historical continuity instead of discontinuity, the volume can be seen as challenging at least two related sets of convictions concerning the intellectual life of the period 1400-1700. First, prominent Renaissance and early modem thinkers portrayed their own intellectual projects and accomplishments as radical breaks with the scholasticism characteristic of the Middle Ages and also dominant in their own time; the volume to no small extent takes as its point of departure a reluctance - or, at least, a hesitation - to accept these bold claims. Second, a large part of nineteenth- and twentieth-century historiography has taken the Renaissance and early modern claims of fundamental innovation at face-value; in emphasizing the continuity that exists between the thought of the medieval and of the early modern periods, the volume is part of an attempt to offer a more balanced view of the intellectual production of the later period


1. Introduction -- 2. Via Antiqua and Via Moderna in the Fifteenth Century: Doctrinal, Institutional, and Church Political Factors in the Wegestreit -- 3. Ockham and Locke on Mental Language -- 4. Metaphysics as a Discipline: From the โ{128}{156}Transcendental Philosophy of the Ancientsโ{128}{157} to Kantโ{128}{153}s Notion of Transcendental Philosophy -- 5. God as First Principle and Metaphysics as a Science -- 6. Gabriel Biel and Later-Medieval Trinitarian Theology -- 7. The Question of the Validity of Logic in Late Medieval Thought -- 8. Uses of Philosophy in Reformation Thought: Melanchthon, Schegk, and Crellius -- 9. Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: Auriol, Pomponazzi, and Luther on โ{128}{156}Scholastic Subtletiesโ{128}{157} -- 10. The Ontological Source of Logical Possibility in Catholic Second Scholasticism -- 11. The Renaissance of Statistical Modalities in Early Modern Scholasticism -- 12. Modal Logic in Germany at the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century: Christoph Scheiblerโ{128}{153}s Opus Logicum -- 13. Leibniz on Compossibility: Some Scholastic Sources -- Index of Names

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