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The Teaching Of Logic

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This chapter details an account of the teaching at the University of Cracow between 1490 and 1495, especially the views of John of Glogovia, one of Copernicus's likely teachers. In the first section, a very brief review of Aristotle's texts in logic, and a trace of the principal relevant developments through Boethius to Peter of Spain, is provided. In the second section, the teaching at Cracow, and the explanation as to what was John of Glogovia's contribution to these discussions, has been provided. It is possible that Copernicus had the stronger doctrine about causal relations in mind. Copernicus was not a scholastic logician, but he was trained in the use of topics and in logical forms of argumentation as his treatises reveal when his arguments are examined for their logic. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the relation between logic and astronomical hypotheses.

Keywords: Aristotle; Boethius; Copernicus; Cracow; John of Glogovia; logic; Peter of Spain; teaching



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