Maimonides on God and Duns Scotus on Logic and Metaphysics (Volume 12: Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics)

Moses Maimonides and John Duns Scotus are key figures as regards the thirteenth-century philosophical tradition that developed out of the Western Christian reception of the Neo-Platonized Aristotelianism of Islamic and Jewish thinkers. Whereas the writings of Maimonides count among the received works that inaugurate and shape this span, the variety of conceptual instruments developed by Scotus arguably signal its end, preparing the way for the emergence of diverse fourteenth-century philosophical worldviews. Maimonides on God and Duns Scotus on Logic and Metaphysics explores the eponymous thinkers’ work across a variety of fields. In the domain of natural theology, Maimonides presses for creation de novo, adapting from the Islamic Kalām tradition what has come to be known as the Argument from Particularity, which deduces intelligent design when science seems, in principle, unable to account for states of affairs that conceivably needn’t obtain (to take an example from modern physics, the strength of the four fundamental forces). Part one of this volume contrasts Maimonides’s and Aquinas’s parallel treatments of this and other proof strategies still employed by contemporary philosophers. Part two, on Scotus, includes discussion of the authenticity of the logical writings attributed to him, the evolution of his thought in this field against the backdrop of various thirteenth-century developments, the types of Aristotelian universals theorized by Scotus, his semantics of theological discourse and ontology of possible entities.

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Gyula Klima is a Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Founding Member and Director of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, and Editor of its proceedings. Professor Klima’s most recent book is on John Buridan in Oxford University Press’s Great Medieval Thinkers series.

Alexander W. Hall is a Professor of Philosophy at Clayton State University, Assistant Director and Secretary of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, and Managing Editor of its proceedings. Hall’s recent scholarship includes “Natural Theology in the Middle Ages” in the Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology.

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ISBN: 1-4438-7843-X

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7843-2

Release Date: 26th August 2015

Pages: 205

Price: £47.99

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