Saturday, November 24, 2007

Medieval hymns (1)

Fregit Adam interdictum
et reliquit hoc delictum
posteris miseris
poenam culpae veteris;
libera conditio
mergitur in vitio,
viget in natura
o quanta miseria!

Fregit homo pactum dei,
unde sumus omnes rei
patimur, labimur
aeternumque morimur
donec virgo peperit,
quae naturam praeterit
sola praeter morem
pium redemptorem.
o quanta miseria!

Hic adjutor opportunus
a peccato liber unus
exstitit, restitit
hosti, qui nos perdidit;
qui dum petit humilem,
tentat ut vincibilem,
satan enervatur,
vincit, qui temptatur.
o quanta victoria!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Every man is an animal

But is 'Every man is an animal' true when there are no men? Some new pages in the Logic Museum on the medieval dispute about this question. The main page outlines the controversy (which lasted from the early thirteenth to the late sixteenth century). The first subpage contains new translations (and Latin sources fresh to the web) of early writings on the subject. Much more to follow.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Ontological argument

A new page here in the Logic Museum on the ontological argument. Kicks off with Aristotle's proof of the existence of God from the Metaphysics, and Descartes argument from Meditations V. Coming later will be Augustine's argument (from On Free Will), Anselm's version of the ontological argument proper, Aquinas comments on Anselm's argument, and Scotus' very complex version of the cosmological argument.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Square of Opposition

Just to draw attention to the page in the Logic Museum on the famous square. Plenty of material there, and plenty coming up, particularly of relevane to my dispute with Terence Parsons about the semantics of the O proposition.