This book presents the first study of the development of the theory of modal syllogistic in the Middle Ages. It traces the theory from the first medieval commentators on Aristotle's
Prior Analytics to the end of the Middle Ages.
In the book, several previously unstudied texts are analysed and the works of philosophers like Robert Kilwardby, Albert the Great, Richard of Campsall, William of Ockham, John Buridan, Pseudo-Scotus, Albert of Saxony, Marsilius of Inghen and Jodocus Trutfetter are studied. These authors' views on modal syllogistics are shown to comprise important insights clarifying central issues with implications for medieval philosophy in general.
The book will be of particular interest to historians of medieval philosophy and logic, but also to anyone interested in the history of logic and Aristotelian philosophy.
Henrik Lagerlund, Ph.D. (1999) in Philosophy, Uppsala University, is at present a full time Researcher at Uppsala University, and, during the year 2000, Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles.
Table of Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of Figures and Tables Chapter 1 — Introduction Chapter 2 — The First Commentators Chapter 3 — Richard of Campsall Chapter 4 –– William of Ockham Chapter 5 — The Systematisation of Modal Syllogistics Chapter 6 —The Pseudo-Scotus Chapter 7 —Buridan’s Students Chapter 8 —Modal Syllogistics in the Late Middle Ages Chapter 9 —Conclusion Appendices I-VIII: Valid Moods For Syllogisms Appendix IX — Central Concepts in Modal Syllogistic Bibliography 1. Primary Sources (Printed Works) 2. Primary Sources (Manuscripts) 3. Secondary Sources Index
All those interested in the history of medieval philosophy and logic, the history of Aristotelian philosophy and logic, modal logic and the history of the modalities.