Ways into the Logic of Alexander of Aphrodisias


Ways into the Logic of Alexander of Aphrodisias is intended to give an overview of the logic of Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. early 3rd century A.D.). Since much of what might be called Alexander's logic is simply Aristotelian logic, instead of engaging in point-by-point analysis, it takes up three themes, one from each of the main areas of traditional logic: the assertoric syllogistic, the modal syllogistic, and the area of metalogical concerns. It provides insight not only into Aristotle's logical writings themselves but also into the tradition of scholarship which they spawned: the ideas and analyses of such figures as Theophrastus of Eresus, John Philoponus and (more recently) Jan Lukasiewicz.
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Biographical Note

Kevin L. Flannery, Ph.D. (1992) in Philosophy, University of Oxford, is Adjunct Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome. He has published articles in the area of philosophical logic and is co-translator (with Jonathan Barnes, Susanne Bobzien and Katerina Ierodiakonou) of Alexander of Aphrodisias: Commentary on Aristotle's Prior Analytics A1-7 (1991).

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' The importance of Kevin Flannery's book on Alexander of Aphrodisias writings on logic is greater than its economical but densely-packed size might suggest.'
Phronesis, 1995
' This is a solid and reliable book.'
Anthony Preus, History and Philosophy of Logic.
' The editors are to be thanked for producing a very valuable listing of recent works and for making it available so speedily.'
George J. Brooke, Dead Sea Discoveries, 1996.
This work should appeal not only to the small and growing band of logicians interested in Alexander, but also the larger one, which includes some modern logicans, who are interested in Aristotle...this study is well worth reading.
Pamela M. Huby, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 1998.


All those interested in the history of philosophy, especially the history of ancient philosophy and most especially the history of ancient logic.


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