Propositional Logic of Boethius

Propositional Logic of Boethius

Propositional Logic of Boethius

Propositional Logic of Boethius

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The text of the treatise The Propositional Logic of Boethius was finished in 1939. Prof. Jan Lukasiewicz wished at that time to issue it in the second volume of Collectanea Logica; as a result of political events, he was not able to carry out his plan.

In 1938, I published an article in Erkenntnis entitled Aussagenlogik im Mittelalter; this article included the contents of a paper which I read to the International Congress for the Unity of Science in Cambridge, England, in 1938 (Cf. Erkenntnis, vol. 7, pp. 160-168). The subject matter of this paper touched upon that of the above-mentioned treatise. Recently an article of Mr. René van den Driessche, Sur le 'de syllogismo hypothetico' de Boece, was published in the journal "methodos" (vol. I, no. 3). Mr. van den Driessche referred in this article to the article on propositional logic in the middle ages, which had appeared in Erkenntnis. This reminded me of my yet-unpublished treatise on the propositional logic of Boethius.

I wish to thank the editors of Studies in Logic and the North-Holland Publishing Company, for the fact that a treatise which owing to unfortunate circumstances remained unpublished, now will be made available to the learned world in English.

University of Zürich, Switzerland July 31, 1950

K. DÜRR

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