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Richard Lavenham’s Tractatus terminorum naturalium (2023)


The late fourteenth-century English Carmelite Richard Lavenham was a prolific author of Latin and vernacular treatises on logic, physics, philosophy, and theology. Among other works pertaining to natural philosophy, he authored the short Tractatus terminorum naturalium, preserved in three complete or almost complete late fourteenth- or early fifteenth-century copies, with the opening passage preserved in three other manuscripts. The text is fundamentally a redaction of the Heytesburian Termini naturales, a brief glossary of technical vocabulary of the natural philosophy and physics of the Oxford Calculators, supplemented by additional textual and pictorial material. As such, Lavenham’s treatise is a specific branch of an influential tradition of school texts that took the form of elementary treatises, additional glosses, quaestio-commentaries, and excerpts.

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Zonta, Mauro
Aberth, John
Bos, Gerrit
Boudon-Millot, Véronique
Donati, Silvia
Dunne, Michael
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
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History and Philosophy of Logic
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Edwin Mellen Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Primary literature (historical sources)
Terminology and nomenclature
Hebrew language
Leon, Judah Messer
al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammd ibn Muḥammad
Capuano, Francesco
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Time Periods
14th century
15th century
13th century
12th century
Venice (Italy)
Middle and Near East

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