Medieval Formal Logic

Obligations, Insolubles and Consequences

  • Mikko Yrjönsuuri

Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Obligations and Insolubles

  3. Consequences

  4. Translations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Anonymous 13th Century Author
      Pages 199-215
    3. Anonymous 13th Century Author
      Pages 217-223
    4. Pseudo-Scotus
      Pages 225-234
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-241

About this book


Central topics in medieval logic are here treated in a way that is congenial to the modern reader, without compromising historical reliability. The achievements of medieval logic are made available to a wider philosophical public then the medievalists themselves. The three genres of logica moderna arising in a later Middle Ages are covered: obligations, insolubles and consequences - the first time these have been treated in such a unified way. The articles on obligations look at the role of logical consistence in medieval disputation techniques. Those on insolubles concentrate on medieval solutions to the Liar Paradox. There is also a systematic account of how medieval authors described the logical content of an inference, and how they thought that the validity of an inference could be guaranteed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mikko Yrjönsuuri
    • 1
  1. 1.Finland and Academy of FinlandUniversity of JyväskyläHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5604-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9713-5
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