Epistemic logic in the later Middle Ages


Epistemic logic in the later Middle Ages

Ivan Boh

(Topics in medieval philosophy)

Routledge, 1993

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Bibliography: p. [168]-180

Includes index



Epistemic Logic studies statements containing verbs such as 'know' and 'wish'. It is one of the most exciting areas in medieval philosophy. Neglected almost entirely after the end of the Middle Ages, it has been rediscovered by philosophers of the present century. This is the first comprehensive study of the subject. Ivan Boh explores the rules for entailment between epistemic statements, the search for the conditions of knowing contingent propositions, the problems of substitutivity in intentional contexts, the relationship between epistemic and modal logic, and the problems of composite and divided senses in authors ranging from Abelard to Frachantian.


Introduction Part One: 1.On Some Logical Developments in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 2.Thirteenth-Century Summulists 3.Some Epistemic Elements in Grosseteste, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas Part Two: 4.Elements of Epistemic Logic in Walter Burley 5.William of Ockham's Epistemic Concerns 6.The Seminal Period of Epistemic Logic: Kilvington, Heytesbury 7.Epistemic/Doxastic Problems at Paris Part Three: 8.Ralph Strode's Rules of Epistemic Consequences 9.The End of the Fourteenth Century: Peter of Mantua 10.Epistemic Definiton of Consequence around 1500: Frachantianus Vicentinus Epilogue: A summary and assessment of medieval achievements in epistemic logic.

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