The Circle of John Mair

Alexander Broadie

in A History of Scottish Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748616275
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652471 | DOI:
The Circle of John Mair

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John Mair was the centre of a circle at the University of Paris. Among the Scots were George Lokert, William Manderston and Robert Galbraith. Three other Scots who were in the circle of John Mair in Paris were David Cranston, Gilbert Crab and William Cranston. This chapter considers the work of Mair himself and of the three members of his circle – Lokert, Manderston and Galbraith – who returned to Scotland to continue their work, and then reports in some detail on Scriptum in materia noticiarum (On the subject of notions) by Lokert. Galbraith's Quadrupertitum is wide ranging, covering most of the topics to be found in the logic textbooks of the late-medieval period. It is a superb presentation and discussion of the state of the art of logic in the early sixteenth century.

Keywords: John Mair; George Lokert; William Manderston; Robert Galbraith; materia noticiarum; Quadrupertitum

Chapter.  18424 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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