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Peter of Spain's handling of authorities in his commentary on the Isagoge of Johannitius.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Dynamis (Granada, Spain)
Publication Date
Volume
20
Pages
107–133
Identifiers
PMID: 11640177
Source
Medline

Abstract

The dicta from medical and philosophical authorities appearing in commentaries on the Isagoge of Johannitius may be classified according to the different roles they play in the exposition of the text. This paper establishes that the opinions of the philosophical and medico-philosophical authorities were used more frequently as the consituent elements of inferences, whereas the dicta of purely medical authorities were quoted straightforwardly as sententiae. An exception to this is Peter of Spain who does not follow any hierarchical organization of authorities; instead, he freely quotes Aristotle in opposition to the physicians as well as in support of them. These observations are explained with specific reference to Peter's ideas on the relationsip between medicine and philosophy.

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