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Upcoming Conference: Inaugural Pan-American Symposium on the History of Logic – Validity throughout History

At the end of May, UCLA will host the first Pan-American Symposium on the History of Logic[=PASHL]. For four days (24-28 May), experts on different logical and philosophical traditions – from Antiquity to the early 20th century – will meet … Continue reading

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Notre-Dame de Paris and Medieval Philosophy

Monday night people across the world watched in horror as one of the most iconic buildings in France burned. The scenes of the raging inferno and the toppling steeple were horrifying, and the tragedy was compounded by uncertainty — would … Continue reading

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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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