Review Of "Notion And Object: Aspects Of Late Medieval Epistemology" By A. Broadie

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A very interesting, clearly written, well-documented study of late medieval epistemology, centering on the distinction between sensory and intellectual cognition and two kinds of assent, one requiring an act of will and the other not. Other related issues in logic and the philosophy of language are also treated. Studied especially are the writings of David Cranston, Gilbert Crab, George Lockert, and David Waim, all students of John Major at the University of Paris between 1500 and 1530. These are among the last generation of university men to receive their training before the Reformation. Although these men must be counted as theologians, it is their philosophical ideas that receive the greatest attention in this book, which will find its audience among students of the history of philosophy and contemporary epistemology. Students of the history of theology will be struck by how little attention the Reformers paid to the writings discussed here. Broadie (philosophy, University of Glasgow) has also written Introduction to Medieval Logic (CH, Feb '88) and The Circle of John Mair (University Press, 1985) among other works. Highly recommended for faculty and graduate libraries.


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