John Longeway

Professor Emeritus

Philosophy Department

1909 North 68th Street
Wauwatosa  WI   53213
(414) 975-4460  

Curriculum Vitae
Welcome to my web page.  I provide here a number of writing projects of mine, including translations of various medieval texts, in particular bearing on Simon of Faversham (d. 1306) and works on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics and the theory of demonstration in the Middle Ages.  I will try to keep these up to date as I work on the projects in question, but see how recently I've updated at the bottom of the page.  

Mediaeval Philosophy


The following are translations of the works of Simon of Faversham (d. 1306), an Oxford commentator on Aristotle's logic, epistemology and  psychology.

Excerpts from Commentary on Peter of Spain's Tractatus

Questions on Porphyry's Isagoge

Questions on On Interpretation

Questions on Categories

First Set of Questions on the Posterior Analytics

Second Set of Questions on the Posterior Analytics

Questions on On the Soul III

Contributions to a Scholarly Discussion

Sophism: A Universal is an Intention

Notes from Patten

Translations of mediaeval works concerning the Posterior Analytics and demonstration.

Richard Rufus, Opinions on the Posterior Analytics

Ps.-AquinasConcerning Demonstration

GundissalinusConcerning the Sciences: Chapter 2: The Logical Sciences

Al-Farabifrom On the Origin of the Sciences, citations from Albertus Magnus

Al-GhazaliTreatise on Logic: Proemium and Fifth Maneria

Al-Kindi Introduction to the Art of Demonstration

Averroes (Ibn Rusd), Nine Questions on Demonstration, with some letters of Averroes and other Arabs

Richard of Conington, Quodlibet I: Question 1:  Whether the middle term demonstrating in the highest way 

is the definition of the attribute or of the subject?

Walter Burleigh, Literal Commentary on the Posterior Analytics

Book I: Chapters 1 - 3     Chapters 4 - 6     Chapters 7 - 10       Chapters 11 - 13     Chapters 14 - 16     Chapters 17 - 20     

Book II: Chapter 1     Chapters 2 - 5

Walter Burleigh, Questions on the Posterior Analytics

  Question 1: Whether a logician can make a demonstration from first principles?

  Question 2: Whether there is any demonstrative syllogism?

Question 3: Whether anyone can acquire any knowledge about anything new?

Question 4: Whether anyone can arrive at knowledge by natural means without divine illumination?

Question 5: Whether every demonstration is a syllogism productive of scientific knowing?

Question 6: It is asked whether it is required for knowledge strictly so-called to be a cognition of every cause?

  Question 11: Whether the definition of the subject or the definition of the passion is the middle term in demonstration?

John of Cornwall, Questions on the Posterior Analytics
      Book I: Qq. 1 - 5
      Book II: Q 9: Whether the middle term in demonstration is the definition of the subject or of the passion?

Chapters in a History of Philosophy


I. Ancient Greek Philosophy

1. Beginnings - Philosophy and Science

2. Reality, Perception and the One

3. The Sophists and 5th Century Athens

4. Socrates and Some Successors

5. Plato (incomplete)

8. Stoicism

9. The Epicurean School


II. Indian Philosophy

1. Beginnings - The Vedas, Upanishads, Gita

2. The Emergence of Philosophical Debate

4. The Founding of Buddhism


III. Chinese Philosophy

1. The Classical Schools

IV. Early Christian Thought

1. Judaism

2. Iran and Later Judaism

3. The Formation of Christianity

4. The Growth and Establishment of Christianity

5. Christian Apologists


V. Western Medieval Philosophy

1. The Carolingian Period

Last Modified, November 2013