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Is John Buridan the Author of the Anonymous Traité de l'âme Edited by Benoît Patar? (2011)


In 1991, Benoît Patar published a set of anonymous commentaries (an expositio and a commentary per modum quaestionis) on Aristotle's De anima. He argued that both works should be ascribed to John Buridan and, taken together, constitute the first of Buridan's three series of lectures on De anima. Even though Patar's proof of the authenticity of the commentaries has not been unanimously accepted, his attribution of the works to Buridan turned out to be persistent. This article examines the question of the authenticity of the two anonymous commentaries. It argues that there is no conclusive reason to attribute the works to Buridan. The texts are closely related to works by Buridan, but they bear the same relation to commentaries written by Nicole Oresme. As a consequence, the works should be considered to be exactly what they are: anonymous commentaries on Aristotle's De anima, written in the same context and around the same time in which the commentaries by John Buridan and Nicole Oresme were also written.

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Authors & Contributors
Donati, Silvia
Beneduce, Chiara
Eisenmann, Esti
Zupko, Jack
Thomson, Rodney M.
Thijssen, Johannes M. M. H.
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Journal of Medieval Latin
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Documenti e Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale
Leuven University Press
Edizioni ETS
Natural philosophy
Primary literature (historical sources)
Thought experiments
Buridan, Jean
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Oresme, Nicole
Wylton, Thomas
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
12th century
Great Britain
Université de Paris
Oxford University

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