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Tópicos, Revista de Filosofía 2014, 47

Author: Alexander Fidora

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Tópicos, Revista de Filosofía ISSN: 0188-6649 kgonzale@up.edu.mx Universidad Panamericana México Fidora, Alexander An Epistemological Approach to Prognosis in the Latin Middle Ages Tópicos, Revista de Filosofía, núm.
47, julio-diciembre, 2014, pp.
9-23 Universidad Panamericana Distrito Federal, México Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=323033019001 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Signs vs.
Causes? An Epistemological Approach to Prognosis in the Latin Middle Ages* Alexander Fidora ICREA-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona alexander.fidora@icrea.cat Abstract From the 12th century onwards, prognostic disciplines were part and parcel of the Latin ordo scientiarum.
This is true for astrology and divination as well as for medicine and weather forecasting.
While scholarly research has focused very much on the moral discussions of knowledge of the future in the Middle Ages, the epistemological challenge of integrating this form of knowledge into a coherent theoretical framework has been neglected so far.
This article shows how the traditional account of prognostic disciplines as sign-based forms of knowledge was revised and refined during the 13th century in the light of new philosophical (Aristotelian) and also theological paradigms.
As a result of this, Latin philosophers and theologians established important criteria which allowed for a clear-cut epistemological distinction between different forms of prognostic signs and thus radicalized the discussion about the legitimacy of some prognostic disciplines. Recibido: 02 - 05 - 2014.
Aceptado: 21 - 07 - 2014. *Research on this paper was made possible by a fellowship of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and ...





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