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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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Dominicus Gundissalinus, De divisione philosophiae, CA. 1150–1160

Dominicus Gundissalinus, De divisione philosophiae, CA. 1150–1160

(p.461) Dominicus Gundissalinus, De divisione philosophiae, CA. 1150–1160
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses De divisione philosophiae (On the Division of Philosophy), a treatise written by Dominicus Gundissalinus (Domingo Gundisalvo) around 1150–1160. De divisione philosophiae deals with the traditional components of the trivium and its scientific placement of poetics. It treats grammar as merely preparatory to logic and presents it, along with rhetoric, poetics, and secular law, as the means of organising communication. It also categorises grammar, poetics, and rhetoric as the ‘sciences of eloquence’, placing them under practical sciences while also treating them also as civil sciences.

Keywords:   grammar, De divisione philosophiae, Dominicus Gundissalinus, trivium, poetics, logic, rhetoric, secular law, sciences of eloquence

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