Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic

Edited by

  • Dov M. Gabbay, King's College London, UK
  • John Woods, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Starting at the very beginning with Aristotle's founding contributions, logic has been graced by several periods in which the subject has flourished, attaining standards of rigour and conceptual sophistication underpinning a large and deserved reputation as a leading expression of human intellectual effort. It is widely recognized that the period from the mid-19th century until the three-quarter mark of the century just past marked one of these golden ages, a period of explosive creativity and transforming insights. It has been said that ignorance of our history is a kind of amnesia, concerning which it is wise to note that amnesia is an illness. It would be a matter for regret, if we lost contact with another of logic's golden ages, one that greatly exceeds in reach that enjoyed by mathematical symbolic logic. This is the period between the 11th and 16th centuries, loosely conceived of as the Middle Ages. The logic of this period does not have the expressive virtues afforded by the symbolic resources of uninterpreted calculi, but mediaeval logic rivals in range, originality and intellectual robustness a good deal of the modern record. The range of logic in this period is striking, extending from investigation of quantifiers and logic consequence to inquiries into logical truth; from theories of reference to accounts of identity; from work on the modalities to the stirrings of the logic of relations, from theories of meaning to analyses of the paradoxes, and more. While the scope of mediaeval logic is impressive, of greater importance is that nearly all of it can be read by the modern logician with at least some prospect of profit. The last thing that mediaeval logic is, is a museum piece.
Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic is an indispensable research tool for anyone interested in the development of logic, including researchers, graduate and senior undergraduate students in logic, history of logic, mathematics, history of mathematics, computer science and AI, linguistics, cognitive science, argumentation theory, philosophy, and the history of ideas.
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The Handbook is aimed at senior undergraduate students, graduate students and researchers in Logic, Computer Science, Argumentation Theory and in cognate disciplines such as Cognitive Science and Intellectual History.


Book information

  • Published: February 2008
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51625-1

Table of Contents

1. "Logic before 1100: The Latin Tradition" by John Marenbon2. "Beginning of Scholastic Logic before Abelard" by Yukio Iwakuma3. "The Logic of Abelard and His Contemporaries" by Ian Wilks4. "The Development of Supposition Theory in the Later 12th and Early 13th Centuries" by Terence Parsons 5. "Assimilation of Aristotelian and Arabic Logic up to the Later 13th Century" by Henrik Lagerlund6. "Logic and Theories of Meaning in the Late 13th and Early 14th Century Including the Modistae" by Ria van der Lecq7. "The Nominalist Semantics of William Ockham and John Buridan" by Gyula Klima8. "Logic in the 14th Century after Ockham" by Catarina Dutilh-Novaes9. "Treatments of Modal and Other 'Opaque' Contexts in Mediaeval Logic" by Simo Knuuttila10. "Treatments of the Paradoxes of Self-reference" by Mikko Yrjonsuuri11. "Developments in the 15th and 16th Centuries" by Jennifer Ashworth12. "Relational Logic of Juan Caramuel" by Petr Dvorak13. "Port Royal: The Stirrings of Modernity" by Russell Wahl