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On Ladies’ Fashion, Plastic Surgery, and the History of Logic and Philosophy

My last two entries for the column What’s hot in medieval reasoning are really a two-parter on the History of Philosophy and the History of Logic. It’s both a bit personal and more than a bit silly – but I … Continue reading

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Buridan is dead, long live Buridan!

Semblablement, où est la reine  Qui commanda que Buridan  Fut jeté en un sac en Seine?  Well into the 15th century the “buzz” about Buridan’s life and death was still circulating [1], since François Villon could record it in his … Continue reading

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Who is Luisius Turrianus?

All right, this isn’t quite medieval, nor quite logical, but in the context of researching “Pepper is sold here and in Rome”, I came across a post-medieval text that mentions this example, in the context of a theological discussion. And … Continue reading

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On the selling of pepper: Sherwood, Auxerre, Bacon, and Spain

After our brief political digression last week, this week we’re back to the pepper puzzle. Since writing that post, I’ve been continuing to collect data on how medieval authors analysed these two sentences: (1) Pepper is sold here and in … Continue reading

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A medieval Brexit sophism

(With apologies to Burley, Buridan, Ockham, and PoV.) Curtain opens. Scene: the EU/UK Brexit negotiating room. PLATO, playing the part of the EU negotiators, is sitting at the table. Enter SOCRATES, playing the part of the UK parliament. SOCRATES: “In … Continue reading

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A medieval puzzle of generic subjects and conjunctive predicates

Last weekend I had the pleasure of giving a keynote talk at the Twelfth Annual Cambridge Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic. I was asked to give an overview/introduction to medieval logic (here are my slides), working … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Gaunilo

Sometime between 1032 and 1064, a miller named Gualdrich, his wife Richilde, and their three daughters, Adelaide, Dominica, and Alburg, were indentured to the abbot of Marmoutier Abbey in Tours, and a document was drawn up in witness of this … Continue reading

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