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Ancient Logic, Language, and Metaphysics
Selected Essays by Mario Mignucci

ISBN 9781032177854
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
420 Pages

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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online, the volume includes an article on Plato and the relatives translated into English for the first time and an unpublished paper on De interpretatione 7.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

Foreword;  Acknowledgements;  List of abbreviations;  Conventions;  PART I: INFERENCE AND SYLLOGISM;  Chapter 1: Syllogism and deduction in Aristotle's logic;  Chapter 2: Expository proofs in Aristotle’s syllogistic;  Chapter 3: The Stoic themata;  PART II: 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 III: 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 IV: PARADOXES;  Chapter 12: The Stoic analysis of the Sorites;  Chapter 13: The Liar paradox and the Stoics;  PART V: RELATIVES;  Chapter 14: Relatives in Plato;  Chapter 15: Aristotle's definitions of relatives in Categories 7;  Chapter 16: The Stoic notion of relatives;  Bibliography;  Publications by Mario Mignucci Index;  Index of passages

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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 and beyond.

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


"Mignucci challenges some traditional interpretations of classical thought by exploring them until a position is found which is more fully justified than its predecessors. Having both the evidence and the arguments presented makes it possible to evaluate Mignucci’s suggestions as he goes along. While the book seems to be designed for fairly advanced students of ancient thought and modern logic, less advanced students will learn a great deal from investing their effort in it."- Bryn Mawr Classical Review