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Ockham: Philosophical Writings
This volume contains selections of Ockham's philosophical writings which give a balanced introductory view of his work in logic, metaphysics, and ethics. This edition includes textual markings referring readers to appendices containing changes in the Latin text and alterations found in the English translation that have been made necessary by the critical edition of Ockham’ ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published March 15th 1990 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
(first published 1957)
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Philosophies centered on epistemology and exercises in logic are not always the most enthralling, but Ockham is good reading in order to keep one's deductive reasoning sharp. Aquinas is very similar, as are most of the medieval philosophers. They usually tackle the same questions without necessarily coming to the same conclusions. The Aristotelian language does wear on the patience from time to time. I'm more of a Platonist, but I am willing to grant Aristotle some amount of respect.
William of Ockham (also Occam, Hockham, or any of several other spellings, IPA: /ˈɒkəm/) (c. 1288 - c. 1348) was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher, from Ockham, a small village in Surrey, near East Horsley. He is considered, along with Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Averroes (ibn Rushd in the Middle East), to be one of the major figures of medieval thought and was at the cen ...moreMore about William of Ockham...