Book Series Papers in Mediaeval Studies, vol. 28

The Aristotelian Tradition

Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics and Their Reception in the Middle Ages

Börje Bydén, Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

  • Pages: 395 p.
  • Size:225 x 285 mm
  • Language(s):French
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-828-6
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“All in all, [it] is an excellent scholarly work both for its style and contents and a faithful representative of the achievements of the Copenhagen School of Medieval Philosophy. It is no surprise that the attention that this volume gives to unedited texts of the pre-Albertine era provides a more nuanced picture of the doctrinal developments in Scholastic philosophy than hitherto recognized." (Pantelis Golitsis, in The Medieval Review, 180901)


The twelve essays in this volume are the result of a research programme by a Danish-Swedish research network into The Aristotelian Tradition: The reception of Aristotle’s works on logic and metaphysics in the Middle Ages. This impressive and wide-ranging volume, which has its roots in the disciplines of both philology and philosophy, has at its core a focus on the different historical manifestations of Aristotelian thought on logical and metaphysical matters. The volume includes studies of texts by, among others, Apuleius, Boethius, Anonymus Aurelianensis III, Michael of Ephesus, Averroes, Nicholas of Paris, Robert Kilwardby, Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham, and Francisco Suárez, relating to themes and passages in Aristotle’s Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics, Posterior Analytics, Sophistical Refutations and Metaphysics. The book concludes with a new edition, with English translation and commentary, of the first part of a fiercely anti-Aristotelian work, which has been described as the starting-point for Renaissance Platonism and Aristotelianism alike: George Gemistos Plethon’s On Aristotle’s Departures from Plato.


Introduction  - Sten Ebbesen, The Aristotelian Tradition

Introduction - Christina Thomsen Thörnquist & Sten Ebbesen, The Background to the Present Volume

Heine Hansen, Accounting for Aristotle's Categories: Some Notes on the Medieval Sufficientiae Praedicamentorum before Albert the Great

Fabrizio Amerini, Averroes and Aquinas on the Primary Substantiality of Form

Michail Peramatzis, Aristotle's "Logical" Level of Metaphysical Investigation

Jakob Leth Fink, Coming to Terms with Wisdom: Suárez on Aristotelian Wisdom

David Bloch, Aristotle on the Exactness or Certainty of Knowledge in Posterior Analytics 1.27

Sten Ebbesen, Demonstrative Disputation - A contradictio in adiecto? Medieval and Recent Commentators on Aristotle's Sophistical Refutations, Chapter 2

Julie Brumberg-Chaumont, Form and Matter of the Syllogism in Anonymus Cantabrigiensis

Simo Knuuttila, Early Medieval Discussions of Modal Syllogistic

Christina Thomsen Thörnquist, Bridging the Beginner's Gap: Apuleius, Boethius, and Porphyry on the Categorical Syllogism

Ana María Mora-Márquez, Aristotle's On Interpretation 1, 16a3-9: A New Perspective on the Origin of the Debate on Signification at the End of the Thirteenth Century

Börje Bydén, George Gemistos (Plethon), On Aristotle's Departures from Plato 0-19: Greek Text and English Translation

Börje Bydén, Sten Ebbesen, Jakob Leth Fink, Heine Hansen, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Ana María Mora-Márquez, Miira Tuominen,  George Gemistos (Plethon), On Aristotle's Departures from Plato 0-19: Notes