The Status of Scientiae Mediae in the History of Mathematics: Biancani's Case The Status of Scientiae Mediae in the History of Mathematics: Biancani's Case

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We can witness the recent surge of interest in the controversy over the scientific status of mathematics among Jesuit Aristotelians around 1600. Following the lead of Wallace, Dear, and Mancosu, I propose to look into this controversy in more detail. For this purpose, I shall focus on Biancani's discussion of scientiae mediae in his dissertation on the nature of mathematics. From Dear's and Wallace's discussions, we can gather a relatively nice overview of the debate between those who championed the scientific status of mathematics and those who denied it. But it is one thing to fathom the general motivation of the disputation, quite another to appreciate the subtleties of dialectical strategies and tactics involved in it. It is exactly at this stage when we have to face some difficulties in understanding the point of Biancani's views on scientiae mediae. Though silent on the problem of scientiae mediae, Mancosu's discussions of the Jesuit Aristotelians' views on potissima demonstratio
Publisher
한국논리학회
Issue Date
2009-08
Language
English
Citation

논리연구, v.12, no.2, pp.141 - 170

ISSN
1598-7493
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/93619
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HSS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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