430. I’ll Teach You Differences: British Scholasticism

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The evolution of Aristotelian philosophy from John Mair in the late 15th century to John Case in the late 16th century.



Further Reading

• E.J. Ashworth, Language and Logic in the Post-Medieval Period (Dordrecht: 1974).

• E.J. Ashworth, “Logic in Late Sixteenth-Century England: Humanist Dialectic and the New Aristotelianism,” Studies in Philology 88 (1991), 224-36.

• E.J. Ashworth,  “Changes in British Logic Teaching During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” History and Philosophy of Logic 41 (2020), 309-30.

• A. Broadie, The Circle of John Mair: Logic and Logicians in Pre-Reformation Scotland (Oxford: 1985).

• A. Broadie, A History of Scottish Philosophy (Edinburgh: 2009), ch. 4.

• W.S. Howell, Logic and Rhetoric in England, 1500-1700 (Princeton: 1956). 

• C.B. Schmitt, John Case and Aristotelianism in Renaissance England (Kingston: 1983). 

• J.T. Slotemaker and J.C. Witt (eds.) A Companion to the Theology of John Mair (Leiden: 2015). 


nevillepark on 15 October 2023

I have to say, whenever you…

I have to say, whenever you return to (the style of) the Middle Ages, it's like sinking into a warm bath. Ahhhhh. 

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