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Gyula Klima

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.001.0001

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Buridan’s Life, Works, and Influence

Buridan’s Life, Works, and Influence

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(p.3) 1 BURIDAN’S LIFE, WORKS, AND INFLUENCE
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John Buridan
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Gyula Klima (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176223.003.0001

The first chapter presents a brief summary of the little we know about Buridan’s life, and the somewhat more we know about his immediate historical influence. But this brief survey of known facts only sets up the main argument of the chapter intending to show Buridan’s “modernity” in more than one sense of the word. Buridan is “modern” in the medieval sense, being “the great architect” of what would become in late-medieval philosophy the nominalist via moderna (as opposed to the realist via antiqua), but he is also “modern” from our perspective, having many of the same concerns as contemporary analytic philosophers. Indeed, his philosophy can be the best key to understanding the major paradigm shifts between medieval and modern philosophy.

Keywords:   modernity, via moderna, via antiqua, paradigm shift

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