The Aftermath of Syllogism

Aristotelian Logical Argument from Avicenna to Hegel

Marco Sgarbi (Redaktør) ; Matteo Cosci (Redaktør) ; Stephen Gaukroger (Innledning)

The Aftermath of Syllogism

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The Aftermath of Syllogism

Syllogism is a form of logical argument allowing one to deduce a consistent conclusion based on a pair of premises having a common term. Although Aristotle was the first to conceive and develop this way of reasoning, he left open a lot of conceptual space for further modifications, improvements and systematizations with regards to his original syllogistic theory. From its creation until modern times, syllogism has remained a powerful and compelling device of deduction and argument, used by a variety of figures and assuming a variety of forms throughout history.

The Aftermath of Syllogism investigates the key developments in the history of this peculiar pattern of inference, from Avicenna to Hegel. Taking as its focus the longue duree of development between the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century, this book looks at the huge reworking scientific syllogism underwent over the centuries, as some of the finest philosophical minds brought it to an unprecedented height of logical sharpness and sophistication.

Bringing together a group of major international experts in the Aristotelian tradition, The Aftermath of Syllogism provides a detailed, up to date and critical evaluation of the history of syllogistic deduction.

1. Introduction, Marco Sgarbi and Matteo Cosci (University Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy)
2. Existence and Modality in Avicenna's Syllogistic, Allan Back (Kutztown University, USA)
3. Ideology and "Reception" in Renaissance Logic, Alan R. Perreiah (University of Kentucky, USA)
4. Syllogistic and Formal Reasoning: the Cartesian Critique, Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney, Australia)
5. Hobbes and the Syllogism, Douglas Jesseph (University of South Florida, USA)
6. Syllogism in the Port-Royal Logic, Russel Wahl (Idaho State University, USA)
7. Locke and Syllogism. The "Perception grounded" Logic of the Way of Ideas, Davide Poggi (Universita di Verona, Italy)
8. Leibniz's Transformation of the Theory of the Syllogism into an Algebra of Concepts, Wolfgang Lenzen (Universitat Osnabruck, Germany)
9. Kant's False Subtlety of the Four Syllogistic Figures in Its Intellectual Context, Alberto Vanzo (University of Warwick, UK)
10. "Everything Rational is a Syllogism": Hegel's Logic of Inference, Georg Sans, SJ (Hochschule fur Philosophie, Munchen, Germany)
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A philosophical history of syllogistic deduction and its key developments from Avicenna to Hegel.

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