A Companion to Walter Burley

Late Medieval Logician and Metaphysician

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Until some thirty years ago, medieval scholars and historians of philosophy have not generally done justice to Walter Burley (ca. 1275-after 1344). On the one hand, he was been misconstrued as holding a mere variation of more moderate realist positions – something that is true only for the first part of his career (before 1324). On the other hand, very often his ideas were studied simply as a means to a better understanding Ockham’s theories, so dwarfing the worth and interest of Burley’s doctrines. On the contrary, in terms of rigour, originality, and influence, Burley was one of the most prominent logicians and metaphysicians of the Middle Ages. This volume, which contains thirteen substantial essays on Burley's philosophy, tries to rectify that situation. It aims to reconstruct Burley’s thought and the role it played in the development of late medieval philosophy, to situate it definitely within its historical and intellectual context, and to clarify its internal evolution.

Contributors include: Fabrizio Amerini, E. Jennifer Ashworth, Laurent Cesalli, Alessandro D. Conti, Iacopo Costa, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, Marek Gensler, Elżbieta Jung, Roberto Lambertini, Cecilia Trifogli, Marta Vittorini, and Hans-Ulrich Wöhler.

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Biographical Note

Alessandro D. Conti is Associate Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of L'Aquila (Italy). His research concentrates on commentaries on the Isagoge of Porphyry and on Aristotle’s Categories from Boethius to Paul of Venice and on the logic, ontology and gnoseology of Walter Burley, John Wyclif, and Paul of Venice. He is member of the Editorial Board of Vivarium and author of several books and critical editions, including Esistenza e verità. Forme e strutture del reale in Paolo Veneto e nel pensiero filosofico del tardo medioevo (Rome, 1996), many articles and several entries in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ... vii

Introduction ... 1
Alessandro D. Conti

PART ONE: THE INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter One. Life and Works ... 17
Appendix: A Complete List of Burley’s Works ... 46
Marta Vittorini
Chapter Two. The Ockham–Burley Dispute ... 49
Catarina Dutilh Novaes

PART TWO: THE LOGICIAN AND METAPHYSICIAN
Chapter Three. Meaning and Truth ... 87
Laurent Cesalli
Chapter Four. Being and Analogy ... 135
E. Jennifer Ashworth
Chapter Five. Universals and Individuals ... 167
Hans-Ulrich Wohler
Chapter Six. Burley’s Theories of Categories ... 191
Alessandro D. Conti

PART THREE: THE NATURAL, MORAL, AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER
Chapter Seven. Knowledge ... 225
Alessandro D. Conti
Chapter Eight. Physical Forms and Matter ... 247
Elżbieta Jung
Chapter Nine. Motion and Time ... 267
Cecilia Trifogli
Chapter Ten. Generation and Corruption ... 301
Marek Gensler
Chapter Eleven. The Ethics of Walter Burley ... 321
Iacopo Costa
Chapter Twelve. Burley’s Commentary on the Politics: Exegetic Techniques and Political Language ... 347
Roberto Lambertini

PART FOUR: BURLEY’S LEGACY
Chapter Thirteen. 14th-Century Reactions to Burley ... 377
Fabrizio Amerini

Selected Bibliography ... 41

Readership

Specialists and graduate (or otherwise advanced) students in philosophy or intellectual history. In particular those interested in late medieval philosophy and in the history of logic and metaphysics.

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