Richard the Sophister

[Revised entry by Paul Streveler on November 26, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Richard the Sophister (Richardus Sophista) was an English philosopher/logician who studied at Oxford
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[Revised entry by Paul Streveler on November 26, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Richard the Sophister (Richardus Sophista) was an English philosopher/logician who studied at Oxford most likely sometime during the second quarter of the thirteenth century. Richard's identity is uncertain, but he is known to be the author of a collection of logically puzzling sentences, sometimes called "sophisms", entitled Abstractiones. The puzzling aspect of these sophisms is variously caused by semantic or syntactic ambiguities involved in...

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