Inquiries into Medieval Philosophy: A Collection in Honor of Francis P. Clarke

Inquiries into Medieval Philosophy: A Collection in Honor of Francis P. Clarke

Inquiries into Medieval Philosophy: A Collection in Honor of Francis P. Clarke

Inquiries into Medieval Philosophy: A Collection in Honor of Francis P. Clarke

Synopsis

This anthology contains essays by a distinguished group of British and American scholars prominent in the field of medieval philosophy. Setting high standards of clarity and exactness, the papers reflect current analytic, formalistic, and traditional methods of philosophy applied to topics such as logic, linguistics, and the philosophy of the mind.

Excerpt

These essays corporately illustrate the methods by which contemporary philosophers explicate and criticize medieval philosophy. Each of their varied emphases of technique and inquiry has its place in the examination of medieval philosophy and each, as the essays disclose, yields results of interest and significance to the development of philosophical inquiry in our time.

Historical studies by philosophers usually reflect the current methods of philosophy and the subject-interests prevailing within the rest of the philosophical community. So too with these papers, among which topics on logic, linguistics, and the philosophy of mind predominate. Although all the papers are directed toward the reconstruction or explication of philosophically significant ideas which can be found in or derived from the medieval writers, no two of them represent exactly the same way of undertaking the interpretation of a medieval writer. Yet they do fall loosely into three groups, and when examined as members of those groups, exhibit noticeable differences from the papers within the other groups. The groups are characterized as Analytic, Formalistic, and Traditional. The names for the groups are not intended to convey more than a hint as to the similarity of technique which . . .

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