The Art and Science of Logic
A translation of the Summulae dialectices with notes and introduction
- Pages: 256 p.
- Size:150 x 230 mm
- Language(s):English, Latin
- Publication Year:2009
- € 40,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-0-88844-297-0
The book is unique in several respects. First, there is the breadth of its sources. Not only do we find explicit reference to the usual authors such as Aristotle, Plato, Boethius, Porphyry, and Priscian, we also find unexpected reference to Augustine, Bernardus Silvestris, Donatus, Terence, and Themistius, along with mention of the Muslim philosophers Algazel and Ibn Rushd. Second, it is clear that Bacon is drawing on or reacting to an extraordinarily wide variety of medieval sources: Garland the Computist, Hugh of St. Victor, Master Hugo, Hugutius of Pisa, Isidore of Seville, Nicholas of Damas, Nicholas of Paris, Richard of Cornwall, Robert Kilwardby, Robert of Lincoln, and Robert the Englishman. Third, it unexpectedly presents a full-blown treatment of Aristotle's theory of demonstration. And finally, Bacon reveals a highly unorthodox view of the signification of common terms.
Bacon, here, takes his students and us deeper into medieval sources and controversy than any of his rivals do.