283. Jack Zupko on John Buridan

Posted on 30 July 2017

Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan's secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy.


Further Reading

• J. Zupko, “John Buridan on Abstraction and Universal Cognition,” in Knowledge and the Sciences in Medieval Philosophy, ed. S. Knuuttila et al. (Helsinki: 1990), vol.2, 392-403.

• J. Zupko, “How Are Souls Related to Bodies?  A Study of John Buridan,” The Review of Metaphysics 46.3 (1993): 575-601.

• J. Zupko, “Buridan and Skepticism,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1993), 191-221.

• J. Zupko, “Freedom of Choice in Buridan’s Moral Psychology,” Mediaeval Studies 57 (1995), 75-99.

• J. Zupko, John Buridan: Portrait of a Fourteenth-Century Arts Master (Notre Dame: 2003).

• J. Zupko, “John Buridan and the Origins of Secular Philosophical Culture,” in ‘Quia inter doctores est magna dissensio.’  Les débats de philosophie naturelle à Paris au XIVe siècle, ed. S. Caroti and J. Celeyrette (Firenze: 2004), 33-48.

• J. Zupko, “On Buridan’s Alleged Alexandrianism: Heterodoxy and Natural Philosophy in Fourteenth-Century Paris,” Vivarium 42 (2004), 42-57.

• J. Zupko,  “Universal Thinking as Process: The Metaphysics of Change and Identity in John Buridan’s Intellectio Theory,” in Later Medieval Metaphysics: Ontology, Language, and Logic, ed. R. Keele and C. Bolyard (New York: 2013), 137-58.

• J. Zupko, “On the Several Senses of ‘Intentio’ in Buridan,” in Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy, ed. G. Klima (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015): 251-72.


Xavier 26 April 2023

In the mediaeval university was natural theology a part of the arts faculty or the theology faculty?


Would Buridan have commented on Aristotle's arguments for the existence of God or treatment of God as first mover or final cause?

Yes, the key work here would be the Physics: there is a commentary on it by Buridan and in book 8 we get an argument for God as the prime mover. That work was studied in the Arts Faculties, hence Buridan's engagement with it. Of course both this discussion and the one in the Metaphysics would certainly have been of interest to the Theology faculty too though.

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