Outlines of Formal Logic

Outlines of Formal Logic

Outlines of Formal Logic

Outlines of Formal Logic

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John of St. Thomas, though he belongs to the 17th century, continues in the line of Mediaeval Scholasticism both in thought and method of presentation. For this reason his text on fundamental Logic is included in the series of Mediaeval Philosophical Texts in Translation. Also, his detailed analysis of logical problems represents the top Scholastic development of Aristotelian Logic.

1. Life and Works of the Author

John of St. Thomas is the religious name of Jean Poinsot . He was born in Lisbon, July 11, 1589, of a Spanish mother. His father, most probably of Belgian origin, was in the employment of Archduke Albert of Austria . Jean Poinsot had his undergraduate work at Coimbra, under the Jesuits, and his course in theology at Louvain under the Dominican, Thomas de Torres de Madrid. Jean's great admiration for St. Thomas, the determining motive of his life, led him to enter the Dominican Order in 1612, when he was 23. Immediately after his novitiate he began teaching his younger religious confreres at the College of St. Thomas at Alcala. John of St. Thomas taught philosophy and theology for 30 years, the last eleven being professor of Theology of St. Thomas in the University of Alcala. In 1643 Philip II of Spain chose him for his personal confessor, and he left Alcala for Madrid. The following year, during an expedition to Catalonia, he caught fever and died, June 17, 1644, at Fraga in Aragon, at the age of 55.

The writings of John of St. Thomas are extensive in theology and philosophy; some smaller ascetical works were written in Spanish. His philosophical works were published as a unit during his lifetime, under the title, Cursus Philosophicus Thomisticus , at Madrid and Rome in . . .

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