- Go to michaelde.com/teaching/Buridan/Buridan.html for course material including slides, readings, questions and answers, etc.
- Evaluation will consist of three short essays of 1500-2000 words each, and one presentation. Hausarbeit is not possible.
- Being a seminar, class participation is very important!
- Weekly readings are crucial, as they form the basis of our meetings/discussions.
- If you have any questions, please ask (by email or in person)!
- Born some time around 1300 somewhere in the diocese of Arras in Picardy (now France). Died around 1360.
- Was a highly respected Arts Master, twice appointed rector of the university.
- Was a "practicing" nominalist who denied e.g. the existence of universals (properties-as-things).
- Wrote mainly commentaries on Aristotle and, most famously, his logic textbook Summulae de Dialectica (Compendia of Dialectics/The Art of Logic).
- Much more is said in Klima's introduction. One might also wish to consult the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry "John Buridan".
Rough reading plan of SdD
- Introduction by Klima
- Chapter 1 on signification (meaning)
- Chapter 2 on truth
- Chapter 8 on sophismata (paradoxes)
- For each reading, prepare a list of questions that you would like to discuss. You will have to ask at least one most classes.