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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Boethius, De Topicis Differentiis, Book 4, CA. 523

Boethius, De Topicis Differentiis, Book 4, CA. 523

(p.190) Boethius, De Topicis Differentiis, Book 4, CA. 523
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses De topicis differentiis (On the Different Topics), a reference work on logic written by Boethius ca. 523. De topicis differentiis deals with topics related to dialectic and rhetoric. More specifically, it examines the dialectical method and its use of topics or ‘seats’ of arguments. Books 1–3 are devoted to dialectical topics, whereas book 4 focuses on rhetorical topics of invention as comparanda with the methods of dialectic.

Keywords:   logic, De topicis differentiis, Boethius, dialectic, rhetoric, dialectical method, topics, arguments, invention

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