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Ancient Logic, Language, and Metaphysics

Selected Essays by Mario Mignucci, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrea Falcon, Pierdaniele Giaretta

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The late Mario Mignucci was one of the most authoritative, original, and influential scholars in the area of ancient philosophy, especially ancient logic. Collected here for the first time are sixteen of his most important essays on ancient logic, language, and metaphysics.

These essays show a perceptive historian and a skillful logician philosophically engaged with issues that are still at the very heart of history and philosophy of logic such as the nature of predication, identity, and modality. As well as essays found in disparate publications, often not easily available online, the volume includes an article on Plato and the relatives translated into English for the first time, and an unpublished paper on De interpretatione 7.

Mignucci thinks rigorously and writes clearly. He brings the deep knowledge of a scholar and the precision of a logician to bear on some of the trickiest topics in ancient philosophy. This collection deserves the close attention of anyone concerned with logic, language, and metaphysics, whether in ancient or contemporary philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Conventions

PART 1: INFERENCE AND SYLLOGISM

Chapter 1: Syllogism and Deduction

Chapter 2: Expository Proofs in Aristotle’s Syllogistic

Chapter 3: The Stoic Themata

PART 2: IDENTITY, PREDICATION, AND QUANTIFICATION

Chapter 4: Remarks on Aristotle's Theory of Predication

Chapter 5: Puzzles about Identity: Aristotle and his Greek Commentators

Chapter 6: Aristotle's Topics and Contingent Identity

Chapter 7: Aristotle on Universals and Particulars

PART 3: MODALITY, TIME, AND FUTURE CONTINGENTS

Chapter 8: Aristotle’s Conception of the Modal Operators

Chapter 9: Logic and Omniscience: Alexander of Aphrodisias and Proclus

Chapter 10: Ammonius on Future Contingent Propositions

Chapter 11: Truth and Modality in Late Antiquity: Boethius and Future Contingents

PART 4: PARADOXES

Chapter 12: The Stoic Analysis of the Sorites

Chapter 13: The Liar Paradox and the Stoics

PART 5: RELATIVES

Chapter 14: Relatives in Plato

Chapter 15: Aristotle's Definition of Relatives in Categories 7

Chapter 16: The Stoic Notion of Relatives

Bibliography

Publications by Mario Mignucci

General Index

Index of Passages

About the Editors

Andrea Falcon is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His expertise is ancient philosophy. He works on Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition in antiquity, with a focus on Aristotle’s philosophy of nature.

Pierdaniele Giaretta is retired Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Padua, Italy. He has published on history of logic and philosophy of logic, and in particular on the notion of identity, logic and reasoning.

About the Series

Issues in Ancient Philosophy

Routledge's Issues in Ancient Philosophy exists to bring fresh light to the central themes of ancient philosophy through original studies which focus especially on texts and authors which lie outside the central ‘canon’. Contributions to the series are characterised by rigorous scholarship presented in an accessible manner; they are designed to be essential and invigorating reading for all advanced students in the field of ancient philosophy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General