Tag Archives: John Buridan

What Should I Read? Recommendations for getting started in medieval logic

Two weeks ago I was at a workshop and someone asked me what books they should read if they wanted to get started in medieval logic — not secondary sources, but which primary texts. I told him I’d write up … 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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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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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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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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Integrating medieval logicians into Introduction to Logic

Term starts next week, and I am so pleased to be teaching again what is probably my favorite course ever, Introduction to Logic. Most of it is going to be a pretty standard Intro Logic course: syntax and semantics of … Continue reading

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Why should we care about history of logic? (expanded)

The goal of this post is to expand on the slides, linked in the previous post, for the talk I gave at the Australasian Association of Logic two weeks ago, on “Why should we care about history of logic?” This … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Yesterday I was writing up comments on an essay on Heloise and Abelard, and found myself, somewhat to my surprise, stubbornly referring to her exclusively as “d’Argenteuil”. After all, we call him “Abelard”, not “Peter”, so why shouldn’t we afford … Continue reading

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Spotlight on William of Sherwood

When one thinks of the big names of medieval logic, it’s probably ones like William of Ockham, Jean Buridan, and Walter Burley that come to mind — or, if you’re a 13th C person, maybe Peter of Spain. So people … Continue reading

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