For the contributions by E. Jennifer Ashworth and Wilhelm Risse see the separated bibliographies linked at the bottom of the page.
"Sources Et Effets De La Logique De Port-Royal." 2000. Revue de Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques no. 84:3-92.
"Logiques Et Philosophies À L'âge Classique." 2005. Corpus.Revue de Philosophie no. 49:5-298.
"Les Logiques De Descartes." 2005. Études Philosophiques no. 75:433-558.
Anellis, Irving, and Houser, Nathan. 1991. "Nineteenth Century Roots of Algebraic Logic and Universal Algebra." In Algebraic Logic, edited by Andréka, H., Monk, J.D. and
Németi, I., 1-36. Amsterdam: North-Holland.
Angelelli, Ignacio. 1970. "The Techniques of Disputation in the History of Logic." Journal of Philosophy no. 67:800-815.
"The aim of this paper is to outline tentatively some aspects of the techniques of disputation in their history, on the basis of some texts. Modern logic ("mathematical" logic) was
conceived more geometrico by Frege, who intended to improve upon Euclid essentially by adding an explicit list of rules of inference (Grundgesetze I, p. VI). Thus, the notion of
dialectica in the sense of "speech between two," so important in the past, could hardly be found relevant by modern historians of logic, who were guided by the new model. These, in fact,
have so far neglected to investigate this portion of the logical heritage.(1) Only recently there has been an increasing interest in the Topica, not extended, however, to the medieval and
post-medieval developments. Good old Prantl seems to be still the best source in this respect. Historical works of a more general nature are of very little help even when they abundantly refer to
disputation, because the formal aspects are usually overlooked. For example, a direct examination of the sources mentioned by Thurot would be very rewarding, but what Thurot himself says on
disputation is simply useless from a technical point of view.(2)
The dialogical logic developed in the last ten years by Paul Lorenzen and his school provides the needed "modern" motivation to go back to the ars disputandi.(3) Sources
for antiquity and for medieval obligationes (a form of disputation) are known. Before 1800 disputation was considered by a very large number of books on logic; after 1800 at least by most
neoscholastic treatises. Fortunately, in recent years bibliographical research in the history of logic has increased so much (4) that now we also know of a small, yet interesting list of postmedieval
(second-scholastic) works especially devoted to the theory of disputation."
(1) There are hardly any references in the most distinguished works on the history of logic. In E. Moody's The Logic of William of Ockham (London: Sheed & Ward, 1935),
the topic of obligations is considered "not very relevant to logic" 294.
(2) Charles Thurot, De l'Organisation de l'enseignement dans l'Universiteé de Paris au Moyen Age (Paris: E. Magdeleine, 1850); pp. 87-90 for the disputes.
(3) Paul Lorenzen, Normative Logic and Ethics (Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut, 1967); Kuno Lorenz. "Dialogspiele als Semantische Grundlage von Logik-kalkulen,"
Archiv fur mathematische Logik und Grundlagenforschung (1966).
(4) Above all W. Risse, Bibliographia logica (Hildesheim: 0lms, 1965). Additions in W. Redmond, Bibliography of Philosophy in the Spanish-Portuguese Colonies (The
Hague: Nijhoff, forthcoming) [publlished in 1972 wit the title: Bibliography of the philosophy in the Iberian colonies of America]; L. Hickman, Late Scholastic Logic: Another Look;
to appear in Journal of the History of Philosophy [1971, 9 pp. 226-234].
———. 1998. "Aristotelian-Scholastic Ontology and Predication in the Port-Royal Logic." Medioevo: Rivista di Storia della Filosofia Medievale no. 24:283-310.
———. 2004. "Predication Theory: Classical Vs Modern." In Relations and Predicates, edited by Hochberg, Herbert and Mulligan, Kevin, 55-80. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.
"This essay aims, first, at describing the conflict between the theory of predication (classical, Aristotelian) prevailing in philosophy until the end of the 19th century, and the
theory arisen with the new logic (modern, Fregean). Three features characterize the pre- Fregean period: 1) conflation of predication and subordination (extensionally: membership and
class-inclusion), 2) conflation of identity and predication, 3) the view of quantificational phrases (e.g. "some men") as denoting phrases. A possible fourth feature is suggested by the consideration
of the so-called Locke's "general triangle". Most of the paper is devoted to the first feature, also called the "principal" one, stated by Aristotle. Frege seems to be the first, in 1884, to reject
the first feature; he E ISO rejected, not less vehemently, the second and the third features. Fregean predication theory became standard, and just taken for granted in the subsequent developments of
logic as well as in the mainstream of philosophy. The second aim of this paper is to evaluate- relative to the notion of predication submitted in section I - the conflict between the two traditions,
and to determine if both are somehow right, or one is right and the other wrong. The main result is that the Fregean revolution in predication theory is, at least with regard to the first and second
features of the classical view, a clarification that would probably be welcomed by the classical authors themselves (pace Hintikka's "logic of being")."
Ariew, Roger. 2006. "Descartes, the First Cartesians, and Logic." Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy no. 3:241-260.
Also published in French as: "Descartes, les premiers Cartésiens et la logique" Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 4 (2005): 55-71.
Ashworth, Earline Jennifer. 1974. Language and Logic in the Post-Medieval Period, Synthèse Historical Library Vol. 12. Dordrecht: Reidel Publishing Company.
This book is the first attempt to provide a general introduction to the type of logical inquiry pursued in Europe after 1429 by means of a systematic presentation of the doctrines
which were actually written about and taught. It radically alters traditional views of the period by demonstrating that not only were medieval doctrines still of overriding importance at the
beginning of the sixteenth century, but that they continued to be discussed in many European universities at least until the mid-seventeenth century.
TABLE OF CONTENTS; PREFACE IX; NOTE ABOUT ABBREVIATIONS XIII; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS XV; CHAPTER I - HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION 1; l. The Publication of Medieval Works 2; 2. Scholasticism in
Italy and Germany 4; 3. Scholasticism in France and Spain 5; 4.Humanism 8; 5. Rudolph Agricola and His Influence 10; 6. Petrus Ramus and His Influence 15; 7. Seventeenth Century Logic: Eclecticism
17; 8. Humanism and Late Scholasticism in Spain 19; 9. Other Schools of Logic 20; 10. A Note on Terminology 22; CHAPTER II / MEANING AND REFERENCE 26; I. The Nature of Logic 26; 1. The Contents of
Logical Text-books 26; 2. The Definition of Logic 29; 3. The Object of Logic 32; II. Problems of Language 37; 1. Terms: Their Definition and Their Main Divisions 38; 2. The Relationship between
Mental, Spoken and Written Terms 42; 3. Other Divisions of Terms 45; 4. Sense and Reference 47; 5. Propositions and their Parts 49; 6. Sentence-Types and Sentence-Tokens 52; 7. Complex Signifiables
and Truth 55; 8. Other Approaches to Truth 62; 9. Possibility and Necessity 66; III. SUPPOSITION THEORY 77; 1. Supposition, Acceptance and Verification 78; 2. Proper, Improper, Relative and Absolute
Supposition 82; 3. Material Supposition 83; 4. Simple Supposition 84; 5. Natural Personal Supposition 88; 6. Ampliation 89; 7. Appellation 92; IV. SEMANTIC PARADOXES 101; 1. Problems Arising from
Self-Reference 101; 2. Solution One: Self-Reference Is Illegitimate 104; 3. Solution Two: All Propositions Imply Their Own Truth 106; 4. Solution Three: Insolubles Assert Their Own Falsity 108; 5.
Solution Four: Two Kinds of Meaning 110; 6. Solution Five: Two Truth-Conditions 112; 7. Later Writing on Insolubles 114; CHAPTER III / FORMAL LOGIC. PART ONE: UNANALYZED PROPOSITIONS 118; I. THE
THEORY OF CONSEQUENCE 120; 1. The Definition of Consequence 120; 2. The Definition of Valid Consequence 121; 3.Formal and Material Consequence 128; 4. 'Ut Nunc' Consequence 130; 5. The Paradoxes of
Strict Implication 133; 6. Rules of Valid Consequence 136; II. PROPOSITIONAL CONNECTIVES 147; 1. Compound Propositions in General 147; 2. Conditional Propositions 149; 3A. Rules for Illative
Conditionals 154; 3B. Rules for Promissory Conditionals 156; 4. Biconditionals 156; 5. Conjunctions 157; 6. Disjunctions 161; 7. De Morgan's Laws 166; 8. Other Propositional Connectives 177; III. AN
ANALYSIS OF THE RULES FOUND IN SOME INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS 171; 1. Paris in the Early Sixteenth Century 171; 2. Oxford in the Early Sixteenth Century 181; 3. Germany in the Early Sixteenth Century 183;
4. Spain in the Third Decade of the Sixteenth Century 184; 5. Spain in the Second Part of the Sixteenth Century 184; 6. Germany in the Early Seventeenth Century 185; CHAPTER IV / FORMAL LOGIC. PART
TWO: THE LOGIC OF ANALYZED PROPOSITIONS 187; I. The Relationships Between Propositions 189; 1. The Quality and Quantity of Propositions 189; 2. Opposition 192; 3. Equipollence 194; 4. Simple and
Accidental Conversion 195; 5. Conversion by Contraposition 199; II. Supposition Theory and Quantification 207; 1. The Divisions of Personal Supposition 207; 2. Descent and Ascent 213; III.
Categorical Syllogisms 223; 1. Figures and Modes 224; 2. How to Test the Validity of a Syllogism 230; 3. Proof by Reduction 239; 4. Syllogisms with Singular Terms 247; APPENDIX / LATIN TEXTS 253;
BIBLIOGRAPHY 282; 1. Primary Sources 282; 2. Secondary Sources on the History of Logic 1400-1650 291; INDEX OF NAMES 297.
———. 1985. Studies in Post-Medieval Semantics. London: Variorum Reprints.
Reprint of 12 essays already published.
REFERENCE IN INTENSIONAL CONTEXTS; I 'For Riding is Required a Horse": A Problem of Meaning and Reference in Late fifteenth and Early sixteenth Century Logic - Vivarium XII. 1974;
II I Promise you a Horse": A Second Problem of Meaning and Reference in Late fifteenth and Early sixteenth Century Logic (Parts 1 & 2) - Vivarium XIV. 1976; III Chimeras and Imaginary Objects: A
Study in the Post-Medieval Theory of Signification - Vivarium XV. 1977;
PROPOSITIONS AND MENTAL LANGUAGE
IV Theories of the Proposition: Some Early sixteenth Century Discussions - Franciscan Studies 38. 1978 (1981); V The Structure of Mental Language: Some Problems Discussed by Early
Sixteenth Century Logicians - Vivarium XX. 1982; VI Mental Language and the Unity of Propositions: A Semantic Problem Discussed by Early Sixteenth Century Logicians - Franciscan Studies 41. 1981
SCHOLASTIC INFLUENCES ON JOHN LOCKE
VII "Do Words Signify Ideas or Things?" The Scholastic Sources of Locke's Theory of Language - Journal of the History of Philosophy XIX. 1981; VIII Locke on Language - Canadian
Journal of Philosophy XIV/1. 1984;
IX The Doctrine of Exponibilia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries - Vivarium XI. 1973; X Multiple Quantification and the Use of Special Quantifiers in Early Sixteenth Century
Logic - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic XIX. 1978;
XI Thomas Bricot (d. 1516) and the Liar Paradox - Journal of the History of Philosophy XV. 1977; XII Will Socrates Cross the Bridge? A Problem in Medieval Logic - Franciscan Studies
46. 1976 (1977);
Addenda et Corrigenda; Index
———. 1988. "Traditional Logic." In The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, edited by Schmitt, Charles B. and Skinner, Quentin, 143-172. Cambridge: Cambridge
"I outline the developments and changes in logic and logic teaching between 1350 and 1600, paying attention to the survival of medieval doctrines and to the renewed Aristotelianism
of the sixteenth century. I also discuss the philosophy of language in the same period, paying attention to speculative grammar, to the doctrines of signs and signification, and to the clash between
medieval doctrines of conventional signification and the new renaissance interest in the idea of a naturally significant spoken language."
———. 2008. "Developments in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries." In Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic, edited by Gabbay, Dov and Woods, John, 609-644. Amsterdam:
Handbook of the history of logic: Vol. 2.
"To understand the significance of these developments for the logician, we have to consider three questions. First, how much of the medieval logic described in the previous chapters
survived? Second, insofar as medieval logic survived, were there any interesting new development in tit? Third, does humanist logic offer an interesting alternative to medieval logic?
In Part One of this chapter I shall consider the first two questions in the context of a historical overview in which I trace developments in logic from the later middle ages
thorough to 1606, the year in which the Jesuits of Coimbra published their great commentary on Aristotle's logical works, the Commentarii Conimbricenses in Dialecticam Aristotelis. I shall
begin by considering the Aristotelian logical corpus, the six books of the Organon, and the production of commentaries on this work. I shall the examine the fate of the specifically medieval
contributions to logic. Finally, I shall discuss the textbook tradition, and the ways in which textbooks changes and developed during the sixteenth century. I shall argue that the medieval tradition
in logic co-existed for some time with the new humanism, that sixteenth century is dominated by Aristotelianism, and that what emerged at the end of the sixteenth century was not so much a humanist
logic as a simplified Aristotelian logic.
In Part Two of this chapter, I shall ask whether the claims made about humanist logic and its novel contributions to probabilistic and informal logic have nay foundation. I shall
argue that insofar as there is any principled discussion of such matters, it is to be found among writers in the Aristotelian tradition." p. 610
Auroux, Sylvain. 1993. La Logique Des Idées. Paris: Vrin.
Barnes, Jonathan. 2001. "Locke and the Syllogism." In Whose Aristotle? Whose Aristotelianism?, edited by Sharples, Robert W., 105-132. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Barone, Francesco. 1957. Logica Formale E Trascendentale. Torino: Edizioni di Filosofia.
Vol. I: Da Leibniz a Kant (1957); Vol. II: L'algebra della logica (1965).
Nuova edizione con una nuova introduzione dell'autore ed un aggiornamento bibliografico a cura di Enrico Moriconi e Arianna Corotti, Milano, Unicopli, 1999 (vol. I) e 2000 (vol
Bellissima, Fabio, and Pagli, Paolo. 1996. Consequentia Mirabilis. Una Regola Logica Tra Matematica E Filosofia. Firenze: Olschki.
Beth, Evert Willem. 1947. "Hundred Years of Symbolic Logic. A Retrospect on the Occasion of the Boole-De Morgan Centenary." Dialectica:331-346.
Broadie, Alexander. 1985. The Circle of John Mair. Logic and Llogicians in Pre-Reformation Scotland. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Contents: Spelling of Names VI; 1. The circle of John Mair 1; 2. Definitions of 'Term' 7; 3. Properties of Terms 25; 4. Divisions of Terms 89: 5. Categorical and Hypothetical
Propositions 120; 6. Exponible propositions 172; 7. Consequences 206; 8. Conclusion 264; Bibliography I: Logic Works of John Mair and his Scottish Associates 267; Bibliography II: Modern Writings
270; Index 274-290.
"The first Scot to have a book of his printed while he was yet alive was James Liddell (Jacobus Ledelh) from Aberdeen. The book came out in 1495, and was sufficiently well received
to go through several further editions during the author's lifetime. In view of the chief historical thesis I am concerned to defend here, Liddell's book is a fitting place at which to start the
defence, for Liddell, though in his latter days a physician of note, was first and foremost a philosopher and logician, and the book itself was a work of epistemology entitled Treatise on
Concepts and Signs. Liddell matriculated at the University of Paris, a very common choice of university for young Scots of that period. He took his master's degree there in 1483 and in the
following year began teaching in Paris. Two years later he was appointed examiner of Scottish students working for their bachelor's degree.
In 1491 or 1492 that substantial contingent of Scottish students at Paris was joined by John Mair from the village of Gleghornie near Haddington in East Lothian. Mair rose quickly
up the academic ladder. He took his master's degree in 1494 and the following year became a lecturer in arts, while also beginning his studies in theology in the College of Montaigu. He published his
first book in 1499, a work on exponible propositions, and by 1506, when he received his doctorate of theology and began teaching theology at the College of Sorbonne, he had already published numerous
volumes on logic. In 1517 Mair returned to Scotland to take up the post of principal of the University of Glasgow, though while there he also taught in the Faculties of Arts and Theology. His very
full timetable at Glasgow did not however prevent him returning to Paris in 1521 to see through the presses his enormous History of Greater Britain, a book motivated at least in part by a
desire to further the cause of the union of England and Scotland in a single country, a 'Greater Britain'. In 1523 Mair transferred to the University of St Andrews where he continued his teaching in
arts and theological subjects though also actively involved in important administrative roles in that university. Three years later he returned to Paris where he remained teaching theology till 1531
when, for reasons which remain obscure, he again took up a post at the University of St Andrews, and this time he stayed in Scotland. In 1530 he published a critical edition, with extensive
commentary, of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. It proved to be his last book, though he lived for a further twenty years, dying an octogenarian in 1550.
Among the pupils of Mair at Paris were several Scots whose writings I shall be examining in the succeeding chapters. They were David Cranston, George Lokert, Robert Caubraith, and
William Manderston. David Cranston, a priest of the Glasgow Diocese, arrived in Paris in 1495, studied under Mair at the College of Montaigu, and himself began to teach in that college in 1499.
Within thirteen years, having completed a number of books of his own and also edited works by Mair and Martin le Maitre, Cranston had died. We shall be studying his Terminorum in some
detail." pp. 2-3
"Chapter 8. Conclusion.
The discussion of rules of valid syllogistic inference completes our survey of the formal logic presented in the textbooks of John Mair and his circle. The survey has not dealt with
all the main areas of concern represented in those textbooks. We have not, for example, discussed insoluble propositions, that is, paradoxical propositions where typically the paradoxicality is
generated by a self-referential element in the proposition. The Liar Paradox 'I now speak falsely' is the most famous, though numerous other paradoxes were investigated. And the problem of the
analysis of future contingent propositions, an important subject in which present-day philosophers are taking a lively interest, has not been discussed in the foregoing pages, though both Lokert and
Manderston wrote treatises on the subject.
However a great deal of ground has been covered, enough to show that the poor opinion many have of medieval logic is unjustified. There are many philosophers and logicians who
believe that medieval logic constituted not so much an advance on the Aristotelian system from which it emerged, as an inflation of that system by endless definitions and divisions all made in a
hopeless attempt to provide, from within the resources of natural language, rules for making valid inferences from propositions expressed in natural language to other propositions likewise
But the reputation of medieval logic as Aristotle's logic become obese is based on a travesty. And the negative purpose of this book has been to show up that travesty. The first
point that has to be made is that the logic we have been examining marks an immense advance on Aristotle's system with respect to the area of proprietates logicales, the logical properties
of terms. The single most distinctive contribution of medieval logic was the doctrine of supposition, with the attendant notions of descent to and ascent from singulars, and the consequent ability to
give a detailed account of the way quantifier expressions signify. It was in virtue of the doctrine of supposition and its associated rules of order of descent under terms with different sorts of
supposition, that the late-scholastic logicians were able to give a detailed exposition of such fallacies as that of the quantifier shift. And it enabled them also to give an account of the validity
of inferences involving propositions in which crucially one term stands in genitival relation to another.
The doctrines of ampliation, restriction, and alienation are also characteristically medieval doctrines, not investigated by Aristotle, but clearly of the greatest logical
importance in view of the need to be able to state, for example, the truth conditions of past- and future-tensed propositions, an area which has been within the fold of modern formal logic since the
late Arthur Prior's seminal work on tense logic. Certainly his employment of tense operators operating on (temporally or timelessly) present-tense propositions accords with the scholastic technique
of expressing the tensed element of a non-present-tensed proposition in a predicate whose argument place is to be filled by a present-tense proposition.
The examination of exponible propositions is also a distinctively medieval contribution to logic. It should not be forgotten that the medieval logicians at all times stayed close to
natural language and sought to formulate rules of valid inference for propositions in natural language. And given that propositions expressing, say, something's being the only member of a given
class, or being an exception to a rule, or being different from something else, or coming to be or ceasing to be, can imply other propositions, the late-scholastic logicians considered there to be a
real problem concerning the identification of the associated rules of inference. And if it was not within the remit of the logicians themselves to identify and formulate those rules then whose job
was it? The recent interest in this field shown by E. J. Ashworth, Norman Kretzmann, and others, is not merely antiquarian; it reflects a concern with concepts which are of current philosophical
In the field of syllogistic itself the late-scholastics made important advances. Two areas that we considered in which advances were made were, first, the validity conditions of
syllogisms in which the middle term does not constitute the whole extreme in each premiss, and secondly the validity
conditions of syllogisms whose premisses and conclusion are non all present-tensed. Once again it has to be noted that the medieval logicians were concerned to formulate rules of
inference applicable to the kinds of argument that ordinary people using ordinary language commonly formulate.
In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries there was a glorious flowering of logic. It was the last major achievement of the terminist tradition, and the circle of John
Mair was especially prominent in that final flourish. Why the fortunes of logic suddenly foundered is a matter for speculation, but there is no good reason to suppose that the explanation is that
there was suddenly nothing interesting left to say in that tradition. It would itself be even more in need of explanation why a tradition, which until the third decade of the sixteenth century had
been finding so many interesting things in what had proved such a rich seam, should suddenly strike clay. But it should be said that whatever the reason for a dead hand falling on logic at the time
of the Reformation, and whether or not logic itself was a casualty of the Reformation, it remains true that many matters dealt with in the terminist textbooks of the late-scholastics have an
immediate bearing on matters of current concern to logicians working within the tradition created by Frege, the man who prised off that dead hand. The logical writings of John Mair and his circle
bore little fruit, and gradually slipped away into nearly total oblivion. Perhaps after five centuries those writings will at last come into their own."
Buickerood, James. 1985. "The Natural History of the Understanding: Locke and the Rise of Facultative Logic in the Eighteenth Century." History and Philosophy of Logic no.
Buroker, Jill Vance. 1994. "Judgment and Redication in the Port-Royal Logic." In The Great Arnauld and Some of His Philosophical Correspondents, edited by Kremer,
Emar J., 3-27. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Ceñal, Ramón. 1972. "La Historia De La Lógica En España Y Portugal De 1500 a 1800." Pensamiento no. 28:277-319.
Cifoletti, Giovanna. 2006. "From Valla to Viète: The Rhetorical Reform of Logic and Its Use in Early Modern Algebra." Early Science and Medicine no. 11:390-423.
"Lorenzo Valla's rhetorical reform of logic resulted in important changes in sixteenth-century mathematical sciences, and not only in mathematical education and in the use of
mathematics in other sciences, but also in mathematical theory itself. Logic came to be identified with dialectic, syllogisms with enthymemes and necessary truth with the limit case of probable
truth. Two main ancient authorities mediated between logical and mathematical concerns: Cicero and Proclus. Cicero's 'common notions' were identified with Euclid's axioms, so that mathematics could
be viewed as core knowledge shared by all human kind. Proclus' interpretation of Euclid's axioms gave rise to the idea of a universal human natural light of reasoning and of a mathesis
universalis as a basic mathematics common to both arithmetic and geometry and as an art of thinking interpretable as algebra. "
Cosenza, Paolo. 1987. Logica Formale E Antiformalismo (Da Aristotele a Decartes). Napoli: Liguori Editori.
Coxito, Amândio A. 1981. Lógica, Semântica E Conhecimento Na Escolastica Peninsular Pré-Renascentista. Coimbra: Biblioteca Geral da Universidade.
Croizer, Jacques. 2001. Les Héritiers De Leibniz. Logique Et Philosophie, De Leibniz À Russell. Paris: L'Harmattan.
Easton, Patricia A., ed. 1997. Logic and the Workings of the Mind: The Logic of Ideas and Faculty Psychology in Early Modern Philosophy. Atascadero: Ridgeview.
Table of Contents: Lorne Falkenstein and Patricia Easton: Preface I-II; I. Introduction. Frederick S. Michael: Why logic became epistemology: Gassendi, Port Royal and the
reformation in logic 1; Gary Hatfield: The workings of the intellect: mind and psychology 21; IIa. The Logic of Ideas in early modern philosophy. E. Jennifer Ashworth: Petrus Fonseca on objective
concepts and the Analogy of Being 47; Elmar J. Kremer: Arnauld on the nature of ideas as a topic in logic: the Port-Royal Logic and On True and False Ideas 65; Emily Michael:
Francis Hutcheson's Logicae Compendium and the Glasgow School of logic 83; IIb. The Logic of relations in early modern philosophy. Jill Vance Buroker: The priority of thought to language in
Cartesian philosophy 97; Fred Wilson: Berkeley's metaphysics and Ramist logic 109; IIc. The logic of inference in early modern philosophy. Charles Echelbarger: Hume and the logicians 137; David Owen:
Hume on demonstration 153; Patricia Kitcher: Kant on logic and self-consciousness 175; ll.d. Modal themes in early modern philosophy. François Duchesneau: Leibniz and the model for contingent truths
191; Phillip D. Cummins: Hume on possible objects and impossible ideas 211; Manfred Kuehn: The Wolffian background of Kant's transcendental deduction 229; III. Faculty psychology in early modern
logic and methodology. Catherine Wilson: Between Medicina Mentis and medical materialism 251; Eric Palmer: Descartes's Rules and the workings of the mind 269; Louis E. Loeb: Causal
inference, associationism, and skepticism in Part III of Book I of Hume's Treatise 283; Robert E. Butts: Kant's Dialectic and the logic of illusion 307; Anthony Larivierère and Thomas
Teufel: Bibliography 319; Index 329; List of Contributors 339-343.
"The papers collected in this volume address two closely related themes: the faculty psychology and the logic of the early modern period. The themes are related because, firstly,
early modern logic-especially the early modern "logic of ideas" was explicitly psychologistic. It dealt with "concepts" rather than terms, "judgments" rather than propositions, and "reasoning" rather
than arguments, and it saw all of these fundamental explanatory categories as grounded in contents or operations of the mind. And secondly, the lines of influence ran in the other direction as well.
The higher cognitive faculties identified by early modern (and, indeed, by medieval and ancient) psychology were determined by logical and even grammatical considerations. Each cognitive faculty was
understood relative to the notion that reasoning consists of arguments and that judgments assert relations between concepts. The intellect was understood as the faculty for abstracting universal
concepts from the deliverances of sense; judgment, as the faculty for compounding and dividing concepts or as the faculty for inventing the middle term for a syllogism; and finally, reasoning was
understood as the faculty for drawing inferences from previously made judgments. Faculty psychology cannot, therefore, be completely understood independently of traditional logic, and early modern
logic certainly cannot be understood independently of faculty psychology.
For most of this century both of these themes have been neglected by philosophers and historians of logic, philosophy, and psychology. The explanatory categories of traditional
faculty psychology now seem naive and ill-founded. And the notion that a normative discipline like logic might be grounded on purely descriptive facts of our psychology, or on the arbitrary and
conventional features of the grammar of a particular natural language, is rejected as an instance of the naturalistic fallacy. The early modern period has accordingly been judged to be the dark age
of logic-a time when the advances of the Middle Ages were forgotten and the entire discipline was turned down the wrong path.
But, as Fred Michael observes in one of the introductory essays to this volume, although early modern logic made virtually no contribution to the history of logic, it was a central
part of early modern epistemology and metaphysics. One does not have to look far into the standard early modern logic textbook, with its four-part treatment of ideas or concepts, judgments,
reasoning, and method, to find themes of crucial importance to early modern philosophy. It was obligatory that a textbook of early modern logic discuss the notions of conceptual clarity, distinctness
and adequacy-notions that played a key role in the epistemology of Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, and Wolff, to name but a few. And in early modern logic, a discussion of general terms could no more be
separated from the issues of abstraction and abstract ideas-issues that were to become of central importance for later British empiricism-than a medieval treatment of the same topic could be
separated from the issue of the nature of universals. Similarly, the early modern logic of propositions, because it could not be separated from the operation of judgment, dealt not just with the
concept of relation, but with the act of relating, and referred crucially to the basis of that act in the (rationalist) analysis of concepts and the (empiricist) evidence of experience. Again,
syllogistic reasoning, based as it is on categorical propositions (out of which the paradigmatic syllogistic forms are constructed), carried with it an implicit ontology of substance and property
(the subject and the predicate of the categorical proposition)-an ontology that continued to dominate early modern metaphysics and epistemology long after substantial forms and real qualities had
been banished from early modern philosophy of nature. Furthermore, such popular principles of early modern ontology as the notion that whatever is conceivable is a possible object of experience, are
obviously parasitic on notions of logical and real possibility. And the analytic and synthetic methods discussed in the fourth part of most early logic textbooks have an obvious relation to the
opposed Cartesian and Newtonian paradigms for scientific research." pp. I-II.
Friedman, Russell L., and Nielsen, Luge O., eds. 2003. The Medieval Heritage in Early Modern Metaphysics and Modal Theory, 1400-1700. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
Frisch, Joseph C. 1969. Extension and Comprehension in Logic. New York: Philosophical Library.
Contents: Foreword by John R. Gallup VII; Introduction XV-XVI; Part I. Historical survey. Chapter I. Modern logicians (1662-1966) 1; Chapter II. Medieval and ancient logicians
(1658-530 B.C.) 78; General summary of Chapter I and II 124; Part II: A doctrinal survey. Chapter III. An essay in doctrine 129; 1. Non-logical meanings of 'extension' 129; 2. Non-logical meanings of
'comprehension' 135; 3. Extension and comprehension with reference to the theory of knowledge 142; 4. Extension and comprehension in logic 149; 5. General summary of Chapter III 172; Epilogue 177;
Appendix I. Grammatical sources 179; Appendix II: Different terminology and meanings 183; Bibliography 215; Footnotes 243-293.
"The purpose of this work is to analyze what has been frequently described by logicians as the extension and comprehension of concepts. Even if there is a justification for
extension and comprehension in logic, it may be questioned whether there are any concomitant dangers since one historian of logic claims that this distinction has done more harm than good. Can it be
said that the importance of extension and comprehension has been magnified out of proportion to the other parts of logic? Would it be more advantageous to correlate extension and comprehension with
the predicables, or would it be better to try to eliminate the distinction altogether?
It is the aim of this study to explore the distinction existing between extension and comprehension, to ascertain whether such distinction is justifiable, where it should be placed
in a treatise on logic, and how it should be presented. These are questions which should be answered if one intends to have a thorough grasp of logic.
This treatise will be divided into two parts. The first part will be subdivided into two chapters. Chapter I will examine the writings of modern logicians starting from 1662.
Chapter II will treat of the works of classical and ancient authors in a reverse order of time starting from 1658. The second part will present an evaluation of extension and comprehension as a
doctrine of logic.
It might be stated briefly here that the conclusion of this treatise hopes to present as probable the following declarations: (1) Extension and comprehension are basically an
Aristotelian distinction. (2) Extension and comprehension are closely allied with the predicables. A logician cannot have a proper understanding of the former without a thorough understanding of the
latter. (3) Any well-organized treatise on logic should begin with a study of the predicables.
The method of the first part which will be employed in this research is the empirical, or a posteriori, method. This particular mode is characteristic of all historical
research. On the other hand,
the deductive, or a priori, method is unsound because it would oblige one to posit a principle according to which all subsequent facts ought to correspond. There is a constant
danger associated with such procedure, namely, the tendency to misstate or distort historical facts for the sake of preserving a methodic balance. However, inasmuch as the second part involves an
evaluation, both the a posteriori and a priori methods will be utilized.
Perhaps it will seem strange to the reader to discover that in the initial historical research, the philosophical works of modern logicians will be examined in a chronological
order, whereas, when attention is turned to the classical and ancient authors, the order of time will be reversed for this historical research. This mode of procedure was not adopted in any haphazard
manner, nor was it introduced merely for the sake of adding variety to the presentation of the study. Inasmuch as the historical evidence on the distinction of extension and comprehension is limited
and oftentimes confusing, it was not deemed feasible to begin the investigation at the very moment when the reality underlying the distinction was first discovered and introduced into logic so as to
trace its development in one chronological direction. Instead it seemed more reasonable to select one source of information to which many modern authors had recourse and by which they were greatly
influenced. It was not difficult to make such a choice. The text which was cited most frequently and which influenced modern logicians was none other than the Port Royal Logic (1662)." (pp.
Gabbay, Dov, and Woods, John, eds. 2004. The Rise of Modern Logic: From Leibniz to Frege. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Handbook of the History of Logic: vol. 3.
Contents: Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods: Preface VII; List of Contributors IX-X; Wolfgang Lenzen: Leibniz's logic 1; Mary Tiles: Kant: From General to Transcendental Logic 85; John
W. Burbidge: Hegel's logic 131; Paul Rusnock and Rolf George; Bolzano as logician 177; Richard Tieszen: Husserl's logic 207; Theodore Hailperin: Algebraical logic 1685-1900 323; Victor Sanchez
Valencia: The algebra of logic 389; Ivor Grattan-Guinness: The mathematical turn in logic 545; Volker Peckhaus: Schröder's logic 557; Risto Hilpinen: Peirce's logic 611; Peter M. Sullivan: Frege's
Logic 659; Index 751-770.
———, eds. 2008. Mediaeval and Renaissance Logic. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Handbook of the History of Logic: vol. 2.
Contents: Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods: Preface VII; List of Contributors IX; John Marenbon: Logic before 1100: the Latin tradition 65; Ian Wilks: Peter Abelard and his
contemporaries 83; Terence Parsons: The development of Supposition Theory in the later 12th through 14th centuries 157; Henrik Lagerlund: The assimilation of Aristotelian and Arabic logic up to the
later thirteenth century 281; Ria van der Lecq: Logic and theories of meaning in the late 13th and early 14th century including the Modistae 347; Gyula Klima: The nominalist semantic of Ockham and
Buridan: a 'rational reconstruction' 389; Catarina Dutilh Novaes: Logic in the 14th century after Ockham 433; Simo Knuuttila: Medieval modal theories and modal logic 505; Mikko Yrjönsuuri: Treatments
of the paradoxes of self-reference 579; E. Jennifer Ashworth: Developments in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries 609; Peter Dvorák: Relational logic of Juan Caramuel 645; Russell Wahl: Port-Royal:
the stirrings of modernity 667; index 701.
———, eds. 2008. British Logic in the Nineteenth Century. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Handbook of the History of Logic: vol. 4.
Contents: Dov M. Gabbay and John Woods: Preface VII; List of Contributors XIII-XIV; Gordon R. McOuat and Charissa S. Varma: Bentham's logic 1; Tim Manes: Coleridge's logic 33; James
Van Evra: Richard Whately and logical lheory 75; Ralph Jessop: The logic of Sir William Hamilton: tunnelling through sand to place the keystone in the Aristotelic arch 93; Laurta J. Snyder:
"The whole box of tools": William Whewell and the logic of induction 163; Fred Wilson: The logic of John Stuart Mill 229; Michael E. Hobart and Joan L. Richards: De Morgan's logic
283; Dale Jacquette: Boole's logic 331; Maria Panteki: French 'Logique' and British 'Logic': on the origins of Augustus de Morgan's early logical enquiries, 1805-1835 381; Amirouche Moktefi: Lewis
Carroll's logic 457; James Van Evra: John Venn and logical theory 507; Bert Mosselmans and Ard van Moer: William Stanley Jevons and the substitution of similars 515; Shahid Rahman and Juan Redmond:
Hugh McColl and the birth of logical pluralism 533; David Sullivan: The Idealists 605; William J. Mander: Bradley's logic 663; Index 719-735.
Gens, Jean-Claude, ed. 2010. La Logique Herméneutique Du Xviie Siècle. J. C. Dannhauer Et J. Clauberg. Argenteuil: Le Cercle Herméneutique Éditeur.
Ghisalberti, Alessandro. 2005. "Étapes De La Logique. De La Voie Moderne À La Logique De Port-Royal." Les Études Philosophiques:521-536.
Giard, Luce. 1984. "Du Latin Médiéval Au Pluriel Des Langues, Le Tournant De La Renaissance in Logique Et Grammaire." Histoire, Epistémologie, Langage no. 6:35-55.
"L'Auteur étudie la manière dont, dans l'Europe de la Renaissance, les relations entre langue, logique et grammaire se sont modifiées, passant de l'étude du latin et des modèles
logiques d'analyse à la pluralité des approches des langues vernaculaires prônées par les Humanistes."
———. 1985. "La Production Logique De L'angleterre Au Xvi Siècle in Bacon." Études Philosophiques:303-324.
"La production logique éditée en Angleterre, majoritairement rédigée en latin, est analysée en quatre blocs: l'héritage médiéval de grammaire modiste et de logique, le renouveau
aristotélicien progressif, la querelle ramiste, enfin les premiers traités en anglais."
Grandt, François de. 2001. "Response to Jonathan Barnes." In Whose Aristotle? Whose Aristotelianism?, edited by Sharples, Robert W., 133-134. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Reply to J. Barnes - Locke and syllogism - in the same volume pp. 105-132
Hailperin, Theodore. 1988. "The Development of Probability Logic from Leibniz to Maccoll." History and Philosophy of Logic no. 9:131-191.
Heath, Terence. 1971. "Logical Grammar, Grammatical Logic, and Humanism in Three German Universities." Studies in the Renaissance no. 18:9-64.
Hickman, Larry. 1971. "Late Scholastics Logics: Another Look." Journal of the History of Philosophy no. 9:226-234.
———. 1980. Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates. Second Intentions in the Neuzeit. München: Philosophia Verlag.
Table of Contents: Foreword by Ignacio Angelelli 7; Introduction 9; Part One 15; Chapter One: Predication 17; Chapter Two: Logical concepts 32; Part Two 57; Chapter Three: Higher
level predicates 59; Chapter Four: Second Intentions: Conceptualism One and Nominalism 73; Chapter Five: Second Intentions: Conceptualism Two 103; Chapter Six: Second Intentions: Conceptualism Three
132; Part Three 167; Chapter Seven: Special problems 169; Bibliography 183; Index of names and subjects 189-191.
"The theory of higher predicates (predicates of predicates) contained in the traditional discussions on second intentions has been largely ignored, even by historians of logic, who
as a rule have concentrated on nominalism, a scholastic trend so fruitful in formal logic yet so poor in this particular topic.
Larry Hickman's work makes available for modern readers many of the riches related to higher predication, that have been so far buried in rather unknown authors mainly from the
post-medieval or "second" scholasticism.
Hickman not merely shows us selected "pictures" of the unfamiliar territories he has been exploring: his inquiry, although primarily historical, is analytical and systematically
Bochenski wrote about twenty years ago: "Logic shows no linear continuity of evolution. Its history resembles rather a broken line. From modest beginnings it usually raises itself
to a notable height very quickly -- within about a century -- but then the decline follows as fast. Former gains are forgotten; the problems are no longer found interesting, or the very possibility
of carrying on the study is destroyed by political and cultural events. Then, after centuries, the search begins anew. Nothing of the old wealth remains but a few fragments; building on those, logic
rises again." (1)
Obviously during the cycle of so-called modern philosophy (Descartes to Kant, roughly) the problem of higher predication was not found interesting and this explains why Frege may
have believed that the distinction of proper ties of the second and first level (zweiter and erster Stufe) was his ("meine, Unterscheidung"). At any rate, one can hardly find a
better example of the "broken line" character of the history of logic than in this issue of iterated predication and properties of properties.
Predication is perhaps one of the very few topics in which most if not all philosophical schools seem to have something in common. This should be sufficient as a hint at the
significance of Hickman's historical investigations, not merely for the logical historiography but for philosophy in general." (from the Foreword).
(1) I. M. Bochenski: A History of Formal Logic, Notre Dame, 1961 Introduction § 3.
Howell, Wilbur Samuel. 1956. Logic and Rhetoric in England, 1500-1700. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Contents: Prefgace V-VII;m 1. Introduction 3; 2. Scholastic logic 12; 3. Traditional rhetoric: the three patterns 64; 4. The English Ramists 146; 5. Counterreform: systematics an
neo-Ciceronians 282; 6. New horizons in logic and rhetoric 342; Index 399-411.
"Logic, conceived today as the science of validity of thought, and as the term for the canons and criteria that explain trustworthy inferences, was in the English Renaissance a
theory not so much of thought as of statement. For all practical purposes, the distinction between thoughts and statements is not a very real distinction, since the latter are merely the reflection
of the former, and the former cannot be examined without recourse to the latter. But what distinction there is consists in a differentiation between mental phenomena and linguistic phenomena, the
assumption being that the thing to which either set of phenomena refers is reality Itself. Logicians of the twentieth century are primarily interested in mental phenomena as an interpretation of the
realities of man's environment, and in that part of mental phenomena which we call valid or invalid inference. Logicians of the English Renaissance were primarily interested in statements as a
reflection of man's inferences, and in the problem of the valid and invalid statement. Thus Renaissance logic concerned itself chiefly with the statements made by men in their efforts to achieve a
valid verbalization of reality. Since such statements were the work of scholars and science, not of laymen, Renaissance logic founded itself upon scholarly and scientific discourse and was in fact
the theory of communication in the world of learning. The data upon which this theory rested were all learned tractates of that and earlier times. The theory itself attempted on the one hand to
explain the nature of these tractates, as to language, sentence structure, and organization, and on the other to offer assistance to the learner in his effort to master learned communication, as part
of his entrance fee to the scientific and philosophical world." p. 3
———. 1971. Eighteenth-Century British Logic and Rhetoric. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Contents: Preface VII-IX; 1. Introduction 5; 2. The Aristotelian inheritance in logic (1615-1825). I. Some Seventeenth-century Peripatetics 13; II. Bishop Sanderson and the attack
on Ramus 16; III. Crakanthorp's Logicae Libri Quinque 22; IV. John Wallis's Institutio Logicae 29; V. Dean Aldrich's famous Artis Logicae Compendium 42; VI. Syllogisms and
science: John Sergeant's view 61; 3 The Eighteenth-century Ciceronians (1700-1759). 1. Rhetoric as the counterpart of logic 75; II. John Ward's Lectures at Gresham College 83; III. John Holmes's
The Art of Rhetoric Made Easy 125; IV. Separative tensions in rhetoric: a retrospect 142; 4 The British elocutionary movement (1702-1806). I. Rhetorical delivery adopts a new name 145; II.
Some reflections on a semantic problem 147; III: Why delivery aroused urgent interest 152; IV. Continental backgrounds of British elocution 160; V. Le Faucheur's Traitté in England 164; VI.
Betterton: Major actor as minor elocutionist 182; VII. Some rules for speaking and action 190; VIII. Orator Henley: preacher, elocutionist, merry-andrew 193; IX. Mason's Essay on Elocution
204; X. Action proper for the pulpit 209; XI. Sheridan: minor actor as major elocutionist 214; XII. Burgh, Herries, Walker, Austin 244; 5.The new logic (1690-1814). I. Seven points of friction 259;
II. John Locke and the new logic 264; III. Other voices: Le Clerc, Crousaz, Watts, Duncan, Wolff 299; IV. The new accent: Reid, Kames, Campbell, Stewart 372; 6 The new rhetoric (1646-1800). I.
Rhetoric versus rhetoric: a litigation in six issues 441; II. Voices of the Royal Society: Wilkins, Boyle, Sprat, Glanvill, Locke 448; III. Influences from abroad: Lamy, Fénelon, Rapin, Bouhours,
Rollin 503; IV. The new rhetoric comes of age: Adam Smith's Lectures at Edinburgh and Glasgow 536; V. George Campbell and the philosophical rhetoric of the new learning 577; VI. Discordant consensus:
Hume, Lawson, Priestley, Blair, Witherspoon 613; 7 Conclusion 695; Index 719-742
"This book undertakes to present an analysis of the major eighteenth-century British writings on logic and rhetoric and to place those writings in a chronological perspective, so
that the reader may see them in relation to their antecedents in the seventeenth and their consequents in the nineteenth centuries and also in relation to their influences upon each other. Moreover,
this book undertakes, as part of these two objectives, to introduce the reader to the authors of these writings and to make them and their works stand together as partners in an intellectual effort
of appreciable size and duration. If history, as Carl Becker observed, is the memory of things said and done, then the present history is an attempt to tell our modern world what the chief British
logicians and rhetoricians of the 1700's said when they wrote about their specialties, and what their works mean within the context of their particular time.
The main conclusion to be drawn from this history is that the changes which took place in logical and rhetorical doctrine between 1700 and i 800 are perhaps best interpreted as
responses to the emergence of the new science.
The old science, as the disciples of Aristotle conceived of it at the end of the seventeenth century, had considered its function to be that of subjecting traditional truths to
syllogistic examination, and of accepting as new truth only what could be proved to be consistent with the old. Under that kind of arrangement, traditional logic had taught the methods of deductive
analysis, had perfected itself in the machinery of testing propositions for consistency, and had served at the same time as the instrument by which truths could be arranged so as to become
intelligible and convincing to other learned men. In short, traditional logic prided itself upon being a theory of learned enquiry and of learned communication. Meanwhile, traditional rhetoric also
prided itself upon having a share in these same two offices, its special purpose being to communicate truths through a process which, on the one hand, blended scientific conclusions with popular
opinions and manners, and, on the other hand, transmitted that blend to the general populace. For all practical purposes, the differences between logic and rhetoric, within the context of the old
science, were derived from the differences between the learned and the popular audience. A good statement of the concepts which governed this view of the relations of these disciplines to each other
is contained in the epigraph at the head of this chapter.
The new science, as envisioned by its founder, Francis Bacon, considered its function to be that of subjecting physical and human facts to observation and experiment, and of
accepting as new truth only what could be shown to conform to the realities behind it. Bacon's vision became that of the Royal Society of London, and of similar organizations throughout Europe. The
intoxicating novelty and enormous productivity of the new methods of investigation led young scientists and scholars to practice them with increasing sophistication; and logic, which had always
claimed anyway to be the theory of enquiry, began to incorporate the new methods into its doctrines and ended by becoming so enamored of them that it allowed them to crowd out its waning interest in
the methods of learned communication. Meanwhile, rhetoric began to see itself as the rightful claimant to the methods of learned communication and as the still unrivaled master of the arts of popular
discourse; and by making these two activities its new concern, it came ultimately to think of itself as the art which governed all forms of verbal expression, whether popular or learned, persuasive
or didactic, utilitarian or aesthetic. Thus in the context of eighteenth-century learning, rhetoric became the sole art of communication by means of language, and logic moved towards the realization
that it was destined to become the science of scientific enquiry. A good statement of the concept which controlled these emerging relations of logic and rhetoric to each other was made by John Stuart
Mill in the first half of the nineteenth century, and I have quoted it as the epigraph of Chapter 7, although in a real sense it also belongs to this Introduction." pp. 5-6
Jardine, Lisa. 1974. "The Place of Dialectic Teaching in Sixteenth Century Cambridge." Studies in the Renaissance no. 21:31-62.
———. 1976. "Humanism and Dialectic in Sixteenth Century Cambridge: A Preliminary Investigation." In Classical Influences on European Culture, Ad 1500-1700, edited by
Bolgar, Robert Raplh, 141-154. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 1982. "Humanism and the Theaching of Logic." In The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy, edited by Kretzmann, Norman, Kenny, Anthony P. and Pinborg, Jan,
797-807. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 1988. "Humanistic Logic." In The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, edited by Schmitt, Charles B. and Skinner, Quentin, 173-198. Cambridge: Cambridge
"The history of medieval and Renaissance logic has traditionally been the history of the great medieval syllogistic logicians and the fortuna of their innovatory treatments
down through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. When historians of logic characterise humanist dialectic as a misguided and non-rigorous intervention which disrupted the smooth development of
medieval syllogistic logic, they confirm their own commitment to the interests and techniques pioneered by logicians like William of Sherwood. It is not surprising, then, if these scholars find the
very different approach of the humanists trying. They hold up against the `non-rigorous' humanist treatment of ratiocination, the 'rigour' of a commitment to formal validity as the central focus for
the study of logic - a commitment, that is to say, to those fixed patterns of argumentation which guarantee that from any true premises whatsoever one can only infer a true conclusion Humanist
treatments of logic, on the other hand, have a good deal in common with the interests of some recent, modern logicians, who have chosen to give a good deal of attention to non-deductive inference,
and to 'good' arguments (arguments which can be counted on to win in debate), and the problematic nature of their validity. Like modern logicians they are interested, above all, in 'good'
A humanist treatment of logic is characterised by the fundamental assumption that oratio may be persuasive, even compelling, without its being formally valid (or without
the formal validity of the argument being ascertainable). It takes the view, therefore, that any significant study of argument (the subject-matter of logic/dialectic) must concern itself equally with
argument (strictly, argumentation) which is compelling but not amenable to analysis within traditional formal logic.' It is this fundamental difference of opinion over what is meant by 'compelling'
argument which accounts for the dogmatic insistence (on ideological grounds) of the scholastic (and of the historian of scholasticism) that the humanist is a 'grammarian' or a 'rhetorician'. Either
term announces that what the humanist is concerned with is not 'rigorous' in the restricted scholastic sense: all discourse not amenable to such 'rigorous' analysis is, for the scholastic, a matter
for the grammarian (to parse and construe) or the rhetorician (to catalogue its persuasive devices). It is in the same spirit that humanists always refer to their study of ratiocination as
'dialectic' (reasoning conducted between two interlocutors), rather than as 'logic', to emphasise the active, pragmatic nature of the argumentation which captures their interest." (pp. 175-176, notes
Kessler, Eckhard. 2002. "Logica Universalis Und Hermeneutica Universalis." In La Presenza Dell'aristotelismo Padovano Nella Filosofia Della Prima
Modernità, edited by Piaia, Gregorio, 133-171. Padova: Antenore.
Lolli, Gabriele. 1983. "Quasi Alphabetum. Logic and Encyclopedia in G. Peano." In Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della Logica, edited by Abrusci, Michele,
Casari, Ettore and Mugnai, Massimo, 133-155. Bologna: CLUEB.
Maat, Jaap. 2006. "The Status of Logic in the Seventeenth Century." In Foundations of the Formal Sciences Iv. The History of the Concept of the Formal Sciences, edited by
Löwe, Benedikt, Peckhaus, Volker and Rasch, Thomas, 157-167. London: College Publications.
Mangione, Corrado, and Bozzi, Silvio. 1983. "About Some Problems in the History of Mathematical Logic." In Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della Logica, edited
by Abrusci, Michele, Casari, Ettore and Mugnai, Massimo, 157-174. Bologna: CLUEB.
Michael, Frederick S. 1997. "Why Logic Become Epistemology: Gassendi, Port Royal and the Reformation in Logic." In Logic and the Workings of the Mind. The Logic of Ideas and
Faculty Psychology in Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Easton, Patricia A., 1-20. Atascadero: Ridgeview.
It is quite obvious that epistemology permeates most of the logic texts written from a period beginning in the late seventeenth century and continuing into the beginning of the
contemporary era in logic at the end of the nineteenth century. The model of this kind of logic appears to be the Port Royal Logic. Since this is a work suffused throughout with Cartesian
doctrine, it is natural to conclude that this kind of logic is of Cartesian inspiration. Even though Descartes himself did not think of logic in this way, indeed he appears to have viewed logic, and
abstract thought generally, with suspicion, the epistemological approach to logic taken in the Port Royal Logic can be seen to be a natural outgrowth of Cartesian philosophy. The problem
with this judgment is that there had been an earlier logic of this same type and its author, Pierre Gassendi, not only was not Cartesian, but was Descartes's principal rival among the moderns. His
Institutio Logica, published not as a separate work, but as part of the Syntagma Philosophica, which itself is available only as the first two volumes of Gassendi's posthumous
Opera Omnia, was, as I will try to show, both conceptually and structurally, the Port Royal Logic's principal model.
Inasmuch as each of these logics has as its foundation a theory of ideas, it seems appropriate to call this kind of logic, the logic of ideas. Historians of logic do not look with
much favour upon this kind of logic. In the introduction to his English translation of Gassendi's Institutio Logica, Howard Jones states that this work is "not a revolutionary logic which
rejects all that the logical tradition has to offer, but a logic which Gassendi renders contemporary by selecting from that tradition only what is appropriate to seventeenth century needs."(1)
Wilhelm Risse's assessment of the Port Royal Logic is similar. He says of this work, that it is historically one of the high points of logic, comparable in influence to that of Aristotle,
Peter of Spain, Ramus and Wolff. But he adds: "This logic is certainly not original. Its extraordinary success is due to its elegance and its pedagogically effective manner of presentation."(2) With
respect to logic after the medieval period, which includes the humanist logics of the Renaissance period in addition to the logic of ideas, William and Martha Kneale in their The Development of
Logic remark that "from the 400 years between the middle of the fifteenth and the middle of the nineteenth century we have...scores of textbooks but few works that contain anything at once new
and good."(3) The logic of this same era is called by I.M. Bochenski, "classical logic" and is characterized by him as "something held the field in hundreds of books for nearly four hundred years"(4)
but while he sees it as new, he certainly does not see it as good. This is his assessment: "Poor in content, devoid of all deep problems, permeated with a whole lot of non-logical philosophical
ideas, psychologist in the worst sense-that is how we have to sum up the "classical" logics.(5)
While I don't think that this attitude is wholly wrong, I would contend that the logic of ideas was revolutionary. More specifically, it was the completion of a revolution
that took two hundred years to accomplish, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. This was the era of the religious reformation, and it would be as appropriate to speak of a philosophical and
scientific reformation in this era as well. It was a period of intense intellectual ferment and upheaval, in which the medieval world view was abandoned and replaced by the modern world view. It
began with an attack on medieval logic. This at first sight seems odd inasmuch as if there is one area of medieval philosophy which those involved with the history of philosophy do not think was in
need of reformation, it is logic. That is no doubt at least part of the reason why the reformed logics are viewed today with so little enthusiasm
The reform of logic occurred in two phases. The first phase was largely reactive. Medieval logic was discredited by the humanists and largely abandoned. The humanists hoped to
convert logic from the formal and theoretical discipline of the medieval period into a practical study, which they hoped would be an improved instrument for argumentation and disputation, and so for
the discovery of truth. There was however no consensus about how this was to be accomplished. The second phase in the reformation of logic began in the early seventeenth century, with the abandonment
of the view that the way to truth is via argumentation and disputation. Disputation does not lead to truth, it was held, rather the road to truth is by the way of ideas.
The logic of this era is, as Bochenski says, something new. It is an important development in the history of logic. But is it also something good? Were the humanists responsible for
an advance in logic? Was the epistemological turn which the logic of ideas brought about, the right turn for logic? For the most part, I would have to answer no. These developments were on the whole
not good for logic; certainly they were not good for formal logic. In the four hundred years from the end of the medieval era to the beginning of the era of contemporary logic, while there was some
development in informal logic, formal logic was largely neglected. It was a reform of logic, a revolutionary change. But revolutions aren't always good and this one was not good for formal logic.
Contemporary logicians and historians of logic have reason to be dismayed by its results.
On the other hand, the situation could hardly have been more favourable for the development of epistemology, and of the theory of ideas in particular. Logic was typically the first
subject in a course of university studies, and in the logic of ideas, the theory of ideas was the subject matter to which the student was first exposed. The chief focus in the logic of ideas was not
on form but on content, principally on epistemological content. Yet it really was a form of logic, as I hope to make clear and the conception of logic it embodies is legitimate.
My principal purpose in this paper is to examine the logic of ideas as it is found in Gassendi's Institutio Logica and in the Port Royal Logic, to compare these
two works and to explain how this form of logic came about. But I do not think that this form of logic can be understood except in its broad intellectual context. Accordingly, it is with this that I
begin." pp. 1-3
(1) Howard Jones, Pierre Gassendi's Institutio Logica (1658) (Assen, The Netherlands: Van Gorcum, 1981) p. LXVII. This work will henceforward be referred to as "Jones,"
followed by page number(s).
(2) Wilhelm Risse, Die Logik der Neuzeit (Stuttgart-Bad Carstatt: Friedrich Frommann Verlag, 1964) vol II, p. 79.
(3) William and Martha Kneale, The Development of Logic (Oxford, 1962) p. 298.
(4) I. M. Bochenski, A History of Formal Logic, translation by Ivo Thomas (Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 1961) p. 254.
(5) I. M. Bochenski, A History of Formal Logic, translation by Ivo Thomas (Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 1961) p. 258.
Mugnai, Massimo. 1983. "Alle Origini Dell'algebra Della Logica." In Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Di Storia Della Logica, edited by Abrusci, Michele, Casari, Ettore and
Mugnai, Massimo, 117-132. Bologna: CLUEB.
———. 2002. "Denken Und Rechnen: Über Die Beziehung Zwischen Logik Und Mathematik in Der Frühen Neuzeit." In Neuzeitliches Denken. Festschrift Für Hans Poser Zum 65.
Geburtstag, edited by Abel, Günter, Engfer, Hans-Jürgen and Hubig, Christoph, 85-100. Berlin: de Gruyter.
———. 2005. "Logic and Mathematics in the 18th Century: Before and after Christian Wolff." In Wolffiana 1: Macht Und Bescheidenheit Der Vernunft: Beiträge Zur Philosophie
Christian Wolffs; Gedenkband Für Hans Werner Arndt, edited by Cataldi Madonna, Luigi, 97-109. Hildesheim: Georg Olms.
———. 2010. "Logic and Mathematics in the Seventeenth Century." History and Philosophy of Logic no. 31:297-314.
"According to the received view (Bocheński, Kneale), from the end of the fourteenth to the second half of nineteenth century, logic enters a period of decadence. If one looks at
this period, the richness of the topics and the complexity of the discussions that characterized medieval logic seem to belong to a completely different world: a simplified theory of the syllogism is
the only surviving relic of a glorious past. Even though this negative appraisal is grounded on good reasons, it overlooks, however, a remarkable innovation that imposes itself at the beginning of
the sixteenth century: the attempt to connect the two previously separated disciplines of logic and mathematics. This happens along two opposite directions: the one aiming to base mathematical proofs
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