One of Aristotle's most renowned and influential logical works is the Posterior Analytics, containing his theory on scientific demonstration. It was not known to Western scholars until the twelfth century, when it was translated three times within a span of 30 years. The most widespread translation goes back to James of Venice. It is justly called "vulgate", since it is preserved in about 300 manuscripts. Another version, ascribed to a certain "Ioannes", is extant in its entirety in only one manuscript. Thirdly, the Posterior Analytics was translated from Arabic by Gerard of Cremona. One century later, William of Moerbeke did a revision of James' translation.
This volume presents the critical edition of these four versions, which are described in the introduction. The appendix includes some specimens from printed editions of Averroes' commentary on the Posterior Analytics. The indexes contain a Greek-Latin and Latin-Greek lexicon of each of the three Greek-Latin translations and a Latin index of Gerard's version.
The reprint of this 1968 edition of Aristoteles Latinus will be welcomed by all scolars devoted to the history of Mediaeval logic and philosophy.
Lorenzo Minio-Paluello (1907-1986) was an outstanding scholar, who devoted his life to the study and the critical edition of the Mediaeval Latin translations of Aristotle's works. His main accomplishment is the edition of the logical treatises, in which he was helped by B.G. Dod. Apart from his editions in the Aristoteles Latinus series, he wrote a large number of articles, collected in L. MINIO-PALUELLO, Opuscula - The Latin Aristotle, (Amsterdam, A.M. Hakkert, 1972.
Scholars in the field of Mediaeaval logic and philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition; classical philologists; academic libraries; University Institutes for Mediaeval Studies, Mediaeval Latin, classical philology, history of logic and science.