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5. Antonio Tridapale and the First Vernacular Logic (1547)

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Antonio Tridapale dal Borgo made his mark in intellectual history and the history of logic simply by publishing the first ever logic in Italian. His books deals with the simple elements, such as terms and categories; composite elements formed by means of judgment, therefore the theory of definition and proposition; the theory of reasoning and complex logical inferences such as induction and demonstration. Tridapale, following Aristotle, goes on to say that virtues, which can be either moral or intellectual, also relate to the habits of the soul. Tridapale states that the greatest misunderstandings concerning reasoning and disputes between human beings occur as a result of the ambiguity of words, or to refer to a maxim of Galen's, more time is often spent discussing names rather than concepts. Tridapale's theory of propositions is based on the idea that words are signs of the objects and concepts of the mind.

Keywords: Antonio Tridapale dal Borgo; Aristotle; Galen; soul



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