Logical Matters: Essays in Ancient Philosophy II

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The second volume of Jonathan Barnes' papers on ancient philosophy contains twenty-seven pieces under the broad heading of Logic. The essays were written over a period of some forty years. Some of them were published in obscure places (and two or three of them in a foreign language). The French essays have been done into English; and all the essays have been retouched, and a few of them substantially revised.

The first three essays in the volume are of a general nature, being ...

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Overview


The second volume of Jonathan Barnes' papers on ancient philosophy contains twenty-seven pieces under the broad heading of Logic. The essays were written over a period of some forty years. Some of them were published in obscure places (and two or three of them in a foreign language). The French essays have been done into English; and all the essays have been retouched, and a few of them substantially revised.

The first three essays in the volume are of a general nature, being concerned with ancient views on the status of logic--and with the distinction between formal and material inferences. The next nine items deal with different aspects of Aristotelian logic--the copula, negation, the categories, homonymy, and the principle of contradiction. Then come three papers about the connection (or lack of connection) between Aristotelian logic and Stoic logic. Two of the pieces discuss Theophrastus' theory of 'hypothetical' syllogisms. After that, things run more or less chronologically--a short notice on the Dialecticians, three essays on aspects of Stoic logic, a pair of papers on ancient theories of meaning, items on adverbs and connectors, on Philoponus and Boethius, and on an anonymous tract written in the autumn of 1007 AD. All in all, there is matter to divert scholars and students of ancient philosophy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199577521
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Barnes taught at Oxford for 25 years, being a Fellow first of Oriel and then of Balliol. He then spent eight years at the University of Geneva, before becoming Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Sorbonne. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many publications include The Ontological Argument (Macmillan, 1972); Aristotle's Posterior Analytics (Clarendon Press, 2nd edition 1993); Aristotle (OUP, 1982); The Complete Works of Aristotle (Princeton UP, 1984); Truth, etc. (Clarendon Press, 2007); and Method and Metaphysics: Essays in Ancient Philosophy I (OUP, 2011); with J. Annas, The Modes of Scepticism (CUP, 1985); Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin, 1987); The Toils of Scepticism (CUP, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle (CUP, 1995); Porphyry: Introduction (Clarendon Press, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
1. Galen, Christians, logic
2. Cicero on logic
3. Logical form and logical matter
4. Grammar on Aristotle's terms
5. Peripatetic negations
6. Aristotle's Categories and Aristotle's 'categories'
7. Syllogistic and the classification of predicates
8. Speusippus and Aristotle on homonymy
9. Property in Aristotle's Topics
10. Sheep have four legs
11. The Law of Contradiction
12. Proofs and the syllogistic figures
13. Aristotle and Stoic logic
14. Theophrastus and Stoic logic
15. Terms and sentences: Theophrastus and wholly hypothetical syllogisms
16. Logic and the dialecticians
17. The Logical Investigations of Chrysippus
18. Piqana; sunnhmevna
19. What is a disjunction?
20. Medicine, experience, and logic
21. Meaning, saying, and thinking
22. Epicurus: meaning and thinking
23. Ammonius and adverbs
24. Priscian and connectors
25. Late Greek syllogistic
26. Boethius and the study of logic
27. Syllogistic in the anon Heiberg
Bibliography
Indexes

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