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Buridan, Jean
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(c. 1300–1359/1360). As teacher of the artes liberales , Buridan became rector of the University of Paris (II) in 1328 and 1340. Despite his nominalism imbued with Occamism (William of Occam), he partially distanced himself from radical Occamist doctrines, such as the doctrine of the incomprehensibility of causality. He wrote commentaries on almost all the writings of Aristotle. His logical tractates on conclusions, sophism and paradoxes, his physics with impetus theory, and his ethics of psychological deterministic nature are currently…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Buridan, Jean”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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