The Cambridge companion to Ockham. (English) Zbl 0972.01011

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xviii, 420 p. (1999).
This companion is devoted to William of Ockham (c. 1288-1347), besides Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus the most important figure in the philosophy of the Middle Ages. The volume contains 15 papers on central aspects of Ockham’s work, covering his biography and the context of his writing (by W. J. Courtenay), Ockham’s semantics and his concept of a mental language (C. Panaccio, D. Chalmers, D. Klima), his ideas on cognition (E. Stump, E. Karger), his nominalist metaphysics (P. V. Spade), his ethics and political philosophy (P. King, M. Mccord Adams, A. S. Mcgrade, J. Kilcullen), and his theological writings (A. J. Freddoso, R. Wood).
C. G. Normore surveys in his contribution on “Some aspects of Ockham’s logic” (pp. 31-52) scope and conceptions of his “Summa logicae”. A. Goddu deals in a short passage of “Ockham’s philosophy of nature” (pp. 143-167) with his philosophy of mathematics (pp. 150-154) discussing his denial of the existence of quantity as a thing which can be distinguished from a thing that is quantified.


01A35 History of mathematics in Late Antiquity and medieval Europe
03A05 Philosophical and critical aspects of logic and foundations
01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies
03-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to mathematical logic and foundations
01-06 Proceedings, conferences, collections, etc. pertaining to history and biography
03-06 Proceedings, conferences, collections, etc. pertaining to mathematical logic and foundations

Biographic References:

Ockham, William