Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter: Band 12. 2007
  • ISSN 1384-6663
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9684
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Albertus Magnus’ logic and philosophy of logic have drawn little attention so far, partly due to his reputation among some historians of the discipline as a somewhat confused and muddleheaded thinker. This article looks at his teachings on the necessity and nature of the logical art, and more precisely the epistemological and psychological background that serves as their basis. This examination brings to the fore Albert’s effort and success in bringing together ideas from different traditions in order to reach a unified and coherent view on the question. Albert’s analysis of the actualization of the human intellect, presentation of the inherent fallibility that accompanies rational discourse, and identification of the available means for correcting that weakness are some of the elements of that general doctrine which are addressed in the present article. Such considerations lead Albert to conceive logic as a science whose subject is used as an instrument within each part of philosophy and whose scientific consideration of that subject can therefore be used as rules for the other sciences as they build and use their instrument, thus making the science of logic an art in the broad sense of the word.


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