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Dialectical Disputations, Volume 2

Books II-III

Lorenzo Valla

Edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver

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ISBN 9780674061408

Publication Date: 08/13/2012


  • Dialectical Disputations
    • Book II
      • Proem
      • 1. What constitutes a sentence?
      • 2. What is denominative, equivocal and univocal?
      • 3. What kinds of sentence are there and how many?
      • 4. On converting a sentence
      • 5. How many signs are there and how do they differ?
      • 6. On the effect of negating with a universal sign
      • 7. On composite negation adjoined to a sign
      • 8. On the difference between particular and singular signs when they take a negation
      • 9. On the difference between composites with ‘non-’ or ‘not-’ and those with ‘in-’ or ‘un-’ for ‘not-’
      • 10. How many signs are particular and how many singular?
      • 11. On the stupidity of those who use negation incorrectly, and on the most acceptable use of negation
      • 12. That being unjust is no different than being not just, and likewise in similar cases
      • 13. On the opposition of sentences
      • 14. On contraries
      • 15. On subcontraries
      • 16. On contradictories
      • 17. On subalternates
      • 18. That opposition is not in four parts
      • 19. That sentences are not ‘modal,’ what every proof aims at, and through what
      • 20. Transition to places of arguments, taken from Quintilian
      • 21. On technical proof
      • 22. On signs
      • 23. On arguments
    • Book III
      • Proem
      • 1. The origin of ‘dialectic’ and ‘logic,’ what a syllogism is, what its components are, and also what a proposition is
      • 2. On the order of the syllogism’s parts
      • 3. On the four moods of the first figure
      • 4. Sometimes a sign is applied to the predicate, and sometimes there is no sign in the whole syllogism.
      • 5. On the syllogism as wholly particular or singular
      • 6. Syllogisms by whole and part
      • 7. On the last five moods of the first figure, which must all be rejected
      • 8. On the same number of moods in the second figure as in the first, and that the first can be converted into the second
      • 9. The third figure must be completely disallowed.
      • 10. On the hypothetical syllogism
      • 11. Certain words make a syllogism complex, with several parts.
      • 12. On heaping
      • 13. On the dilemma and antistrophe or reversal
      • 14. That special consideration is to be given to the weight of words
      • 15. Teachings on examples from Quintilian
      • 16. On induction
      • 17. On the enthymeme
      • Summation
  • Appendix I: Dialectical Disputation 1.13 γ: What Is God?
  • Appendix II: Valla’s Letter to Giovanni Serra, with Selections from His Defense Against the Inquisition of Naples
  • Appendix III: Dialectic, Propositions, and the Square of Opposition
  • Appendix IV: Some Features of Traditional Syllogistic and Place Logic
  • Note on the Text
  • Notes to the Text
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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