Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Shameless self-promotion: SEP entry on medieval theories of consequence

I realize I'm probably pushing my luck a bit too far, but here's a bit of shameless self-promotion: my entry on medieval theories of consequence for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is now online. Naturally, it is essentially a historical piece, but (I think) also quite relevant for contemporary debates on the notion of logical consequence. Here's a bit from the introduction:
Taken as a whole, medieval theories of consequence represent the first sustained attempt at adopting a sentential/propositional perspective since the Stoics in Greek antiquity, and — unlike Stoic logic, which had little historical influence — provide the historical background for subsequent developments leading to the birth of modern logic in the 19th century. Indeed, it will be argued that the medieval concept of consequentia (in its different versions) is the main precursor of the modern concept of logical consequence.

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