We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Medieval logic.

Uckelman, Sara L. (2017) 'Medieval logic.', in The history of philosophical and formal logic : from Aristotle to Tarski. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 71-99.


Many people unfamiliar with the history of logic may think of the Middle Ages as a \Dark Ages" in logic, with little development beyond Aristotelian syllogistic and full of scholastic wrangling focused on uninteresting details. This could not be further from the case. Instead, the Middle Ages, especially at the end of the High Middle Ages and into the 14th century, was a period of vibrant activity in logic, in many dierent areas|the (re)birth of propositional logic, the development of interactive and dynamic reasoning, sophisticated semantic theories able to address robust paradoxes, and more. The period can be characterized by a focus on the applied aspects of logic, such as how it relates to linguistic problems, and how it is used in inter-personal contexts.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic in The history of philosophical and formal logic: from Aristotle to Tarski on 29/06/2017, available online:
Date accepted:18 October 2016
Date deposited:20 October 2016
Date of first online publication:29 June 2017
Date first made open access:29 December 2018

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar