© 1985

Jean Buridan’s Logic

The Treatise on Supposition The Treatise on Consequences

  • N. Kretzmann
  • G. Nuchelmans
  • L. M. De Rijk

Part of the Synthese Historical Library book series (SYHL, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. N. Kretzmann, G. Nuchelmans, L. M. De Rijk
    Pages 1-82
  3. Jean Buridan
    Pages 83-173
  4. Jean Buridan
    Pages 175-323
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 325-380

About this book


Buridan was a brilliant logician in an age of brilliant logicians, sensitive to formal and philosophical considerations. There is a need for critical editions and accurate translations of his works, for his philosophical voice speaks directly across the ages to problems of concern to analytic philosophers today. But his idiom is unfamiliar, so editions and trans­ lations alone will not bridge the gap of centuries. I have tried to make Buridan accessible to philosophers and logicians today by the introduc­ tory essay, in which I survey Buridan's philosophy of logic. Several problems which Buridan touches on only marginally in the works trans­ lated herein are developed and discussed, citing other works of Buridan; some topics which he treats at length in the translated works, such as the semantic theory of oblique terms, I have touched on lightly or not at all. Such distortions are inevitable, and I hope that the idiosyncracies of my choice of philosophically relevant topics will not blind the reader to other topics of value Buridan considers. My goal in translating has been to produce an accurate renaering of the Latin. Often Buridan will couch a logical rule in terms of the grammatical form of a sentence, and I have endeavored to keep the translation consistent. Some strained phrases result, such as "A man I know" having a different logic from "I know a man. " This awkwardness cannot always be avoided, and I beg the reader's indulgence. All of the translations here are my own.


Jean Buridan The Treatise on Consequences The Treatise on Supposition logic philosophy of logic sentential logic syllogism theory of supposition

Editors and affiliations

  • N. Kretzmann
    • 1
  • G. Nuchelmans
    • 2
  • L. M. De Rijk
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of LeydenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Jean Buridan’s Logic
  • Book Subtitle The Treatise on Supposition The Treatise on Consequences
  • Series Title Synthese Historical Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1918-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8836-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5289-8
  • Series ISSN 0082-111X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in Latin
  • Topics History, general
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