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Medieval Logic and Metaphysics

A Modern Introduction, 1st Edition

By D.P. Henry


146 pages

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Originally published in 1972, Medieval Logic and Metaphysics shows how formal logic can be used in the clarification of philosophical problems. An elementary exposition of Leśniewski’s Onotology, an important system of contemporary logic, is followed by studies of central philosophical themes such as Negation and Non-being, Essence and Existence, Meaning and Reference, Part and Whole. Philosophers and theologians discussed include St Anselm, St Thomas Aquinas, Abelard, Ockham, Scotus, Hume and Russell.

Table of Contents


References and Abbreviations

Part I: Introduction

1. Medieval Philosophy and Medieval Logic

2. Medieval Logic and Modern Logic

3. Preliminary Survey

Part II: Ontology

4. Names

5. Functors and Quantification: Informal Exposition

6. Punctuation

7. Definitions

8. Axiom and Deductions

Part III: Applications

9. Suppositio and Modern Logic

10. Anselmian Regresses

11. Existence and Inclusion

12. Negation and Non-Being

13. Ockham and the Formal Distinction

14. Being, Essence and Existence

15. The Ontological Argument

16. Abelard on Increase


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General