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online, the volume includes an article on Plato and the relatives translated into English for the first time, and an unpublished paper on De interpretatione 7.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.
List of abbreviations
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
Publications by Mario Mignucci
Index of Passages
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.