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John Trevisa on the rational soul

Earlier this week I picked up John Trevisa’s Middle English translation of Bartholomeus Anglicus’s De Proprietatibus Rerum ‘On the Properties of Things’, for reasons entirely unrelated to logic and philosophy (mostly because I wanted to learn things like “why do … Continue reading

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Syllogism Mnemonics

The other day a colleague of mine asked if I had anything I could send him regarding the medieval syllogism mnemonics. I told him there was some info in the textbook I’m writing, but it’s rather idiosyncratic to the way … Continue reading

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The Historian (of Logic)’s Craft – A conversation with Calvin Normore

Today, rummaging through my files, I stumbled upon the transcript of a very informal interview I had several months ago with Calvin Normore, for an issue of The Reasoner that I guest edited. Since it might be of interests for the readers of … Continue reading

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What is a lie?

All right, so this isn’t quite logic per se, but it is what I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately, and it certainly has its connections to logic. Typical modern definitions of lying run along these lines: “A lie … Continue reading

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On Bad Academic Writing, Dress Code and the Discreet Charm of the Scholastic quaestio

After an online exchange with Sara Uckemlan, Mark Thakkar, Magali Roques and Edward Buckner about bad academic writing, I scribbled down a few thoughts for The Reasoner about the infamous quaestio and the Scholastic style.   What’s Hot in … Medieval Reasoning   … Continue reading

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Bibliography of literature on obligations

For many years now, I’ve maintained a bibliography of literature on obligationes. It has moved around from website to website as I’ve moved around from place to place, and unfortunately my current academic webspace is so limited, I can’t spare … Continue reading

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Four grades of necessity in Buridan

I’m currently reading through Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe and María Cerezo’s History of Logic and Semantics: Studies on the Aristotelian and Terminist Traditions, a collection of papers in honor of Angel d’Ors, and learning all sorts of interesting things. In Calvin Normore’s … Continue reading

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