Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

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Richard of Campsall

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_440-2


Richard of Campsall (c. 1280–1350) was an English Master of Arts and Theology at Oxford. He wrote a very influential commentary on Aristotle’s Prior Analytics and influenced later English theology. Very few of his works have survived.

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Primary Sources

    Edited Works

    1. Synan Edward, A. (Ed.). (1968). The works of Richard of Campsall (Vol. 1). Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. (Contains an edition of the Prior Analytics commentary).Google Scholar
    2. Synan Edward, A. (Ed.). (1982). The works of Richard of Campsall (Vol. 2). Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. (Contains editions of some smaller works by Campsall and a larger critique of Ockham’s logic, which has been attributed to Campsall but is not by him).Google Scholar

Secondary Sources

  1. Gelber, H. G. (2004). It could have been otherwise: Contingency and necessity in Dominican theology at Oxford. Leiden: Brill. (Chapter 5 contains a discussion of Campsall’s views on modality and future contingency).Google Scholar
  2. Knuuttila, S. (2008). Medieval modal theories and modal logic. In D. Gabbay & J. Woods (Eds.), Handbook of the history of logic: volume 2: Mediaeval and renaissance logic (pp. 505–578). Amsterdam: North-Holland. (A new reading of Campsall’s modal logic).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Lagerlund, H. (2000). Modal syllogistics in the middle ages. Leiden: Brill. (Chapter 3 contains the most detailed study of Campsall’s logic so far).Google Scholar
  4. Tachau, K. H. (1987). The influence of Richard of Campsall on fourteenth-century Oxford thought. In A. Hudson & M. Wilks (Eds.), From Ockham to Wyclif (pp. 109–123). London: Blackwell. (A discussion of Campsall’s influence in England).Google Scholar
  5. Tachau, K. H. (1988). Vision and certitude in the age of Ockham. Leiden: Brill. (Campsall’s epistemology is studied on pages 158–166).Google Scholar
  6. Tachau, K. H. (1991). Richard Campsall as a theologian: New evidence. In B. Mojsisch & O. Pluta (Eds.), Historia Philosophiae Medii Aevi: Studien zur Geschichte der Philosophie des Mittelalters (Vol. 2, pp. 979–1002). Philadelphia/Amsterdam: B. R. Grüner. (Contains an edition of a question from a theological work by Campsall. The question is whether a human can act against his conscience).Google Scholar

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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden