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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Thomas Aquinas, Preface to his Expositio of Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, 1270

Thomas Aquinas, Preface to his Expositio of Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, 1270

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(p.787) Thomas Aquinas, Preface to his Expositio of Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, 1270
Source:
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Author(s):
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0049

This chapter discusses the preface to Thomas Aquinas's Expositio of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics. Written in 1270, the preface represents a culmination of twelfth- and thirteenth-century thought about the division of logic in response to the continued diffusion of Arabic Aristotelianism. It applies the extended Organon, which includes rhetoric and poetics under the classification of logic. For Aquinas, rhetoric and poetics are forms of reasoning that produce less reliable kinds of knowledge. This chapter also considers the views of Giles of Rome about rhetoric in relation to dialectic.

Keywords:   logic, preface, Thomas Aquinas, Expositio, Aristotle, Posterior Analytics, Organon, rhetoric, poetics, reasoning

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