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What Counted As Logic In The Thirteenth Century?

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The aim of this chapter is to see what thirteenth-century academics themselves thought about the delimitation of the discipline of logic. It is not possible to delimit thirteenth-century logic from other university disciplines by means of the oral and written genres employed. Knowledge was transmitted by much the same means in all disciplines-handbooks, literal commentaries, questions, and super-questions. In the thirteenth century there were several competing views about how to define the subject-matter of logic. The backbone of logic was the Aristotelian Organon. The border-line between logic and grammar was a little fuzzy. Both operated with the notion of signification, both could dispense with knowing what entities would fall under an actual categorematic term, but they both needed to be able to distinguish between particular and universal terms, alias proper and common names.

Keywords: Aristotelian Organon; genres; thirteenth-century logic



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