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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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John of Salisbury, Metalogicon, 1159

John of Salisbury, Metalogicon, 1159

(p.484) John of Salisbury, Metalogicon, 1159
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Metalogicon (‘about the arts of verbal reasoning’), a treatise written by John of Salisbury in 1159. Metalogicon is John's reply to the ‘Cornifician’ attacks on the trivium. According to John of Salisbury, ‘Cornificius’ refers to an adversary of traditional education in the trivium, that is, grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic. He tackles dialectic in relation to grammar and logic as well as the controversy about the classification of poetry in relation to the sciences of language. John also considers literature to be the province of grammar.

Keywords:   grammar, Metalogicon, John of Salisbury, trivium, Cornificius, education, rhetoric, dialectic, logic, poetry

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