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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which contains the acts of the XVIIth European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics, which was held at the University of Leiden from June 2nd till June 7th, 2008. The first part of the chapter indicates the subject-matter and describes the contents of these acts. What follows in the second part is the speech with which Prof. B.G. Sundholm, who holds the chair of logic and its history at the University of Leiden, opened the symposium. The book contains twenty contributions. The first eighteen investigates the theory of supposition in the long Middle Ages, more precisely from its origin in the early twelfth century well into the seventeenth century. They study the theory from what could be called an intrinsic, historical point of view. The last two studies explicitly draw upon tools from modern logic to elucidate medieval theories.

Keywords: B.G. Sundholm; medieval logic; medieval supposition theory; semantics



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