Lambert of Auxerre

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Little is known about the life of Lambert of Auxerre except that he was a Dominican in the Dominican house at Auxerre around the middle of the thirteenth century, and that he wrote a logic text known as Summa Lamberti or just Logica. He is usually grouped with the other, mostly older, terminist logicians of this period (Peter of Spain, William of Sherwood, Roger Bacon). His logic text was most likely written between 1253-57 at Troyes (or possibly Pamplona), and published in Paris probably around 1260 (de Rijk 1978, 39).



The Logica is edited in Auxerre 1971, with a translation of the final chapter in Auxerre 1988. The author of this work was previously identified as Lambert of Auxerre by, e.g., the editor and translator of Auxerre 1971 and Auxerre 1988. The author is now generally identified as Lambert of Lagny (de Libera 1981).


Primary sources

  • Lambert of Auxerre. 1971. Logica (Summa Lamberti), Franco Alessio, ed., (Firenze: La Nuova Italia).


  • Lambert of Auxerre. 1988. "Properties of terms", Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump, trans., in Cambridge translations of medieval philosophical texts vol. 1: Logic and the philosophy of language (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


Secondary sources

  • Alain de Libera. 1981. "Le traité De Appellatione de Lambert de Lagny (Lambert d'Auxerre)", Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Age 48: 227--85.
  • L.M. de Rijk. 1976. "Some thirteenth century tracts on the game of obligation, III", Vivarium 14, no. 1: 26--49.

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