This critical edition is the first edition of John
Buridan’s commentary on Aristotle’s Topics.
The work is preserved in one complete manuscript of good quality
and in four abbreviated versions. Buridan composed the work at the
University of Paris in the first half of the fourteenth century,
and the work illustrates very well how the commentators of this
period took a freer attitude to Aristotle than previously and
were selective about the passages which they commented upon. In
book II Buridan discussed a number of sophisms which are not found
in his collection of sophisms. The commentary was quite influential
in the fifteenth century, particularly on the teaching in the
universities of Central and Eastern Europe.