This book is intended to be of use to scholars interested in late medieval philosophy, science and theology.
Vision and Certitude is the joint winner of the John Nicholas Brown Prize for 1992 of the Medieval Academy of America.
'...For decades, every medievalist has known that fourteenth century epistemology was ravaged by a terrible beast called Ockhamism. In a huge, dense and magisterial study Katherine Tachau drives a stake into the heart of that beast. It is a resilient creature and will probably rise again, but that will not be Tachau's fault.'
David Burr, Church History, 1990.
'...sorgfältige Analyse des vorhandenen Textmaterials...'
Matthias Kaufmann, Philosophische Rundschau, 1991.
'This is a very densely argued scholarly book, which contains a wealth of information about Schoolmen both well-known and virtually unknown.'
History and Philosophy of Logic, 1991.
'...richly documented and impressively traced history of theories of cognition from 1250 to 1345...an ambitious revision of well-known authors.'
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, 1990.
'Im ganzen gesehen darf man die Studie von Tachau als recht nützlich bezeichnen.'
Jakob Hans Josef Schneider, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 1994.
Table of contents
List of Abbreviations, Sigla, and Technical Vocabulary
Part One: From Perspectivist Optics tto Intuitive Cognition: The background to Fourteenth-Century Epistomology
I. The Multiplication of Species: The Legacy of Roger Bacon
II. From the Baconian Synthesis to the Epistomology of John Duns Scotus
III. John Duns Scotus
Part Two: Interpretation and Reconception
IV. Peter Aureol
V. William of Ockham
Part Three: The Rejection of Ockham's Theory of Knowledge in England
VI.Oxford Between Scotus and Ockham
VII. The Early Reaction to Aureol and Ockham: the Views of Walter Chatton
VIII. Oxford in the 1320s
IX. Oxford in the 1330s
X. Adam Wodeham at london and Oxford
Part Four: The Introduction of English Theories of Knowledge to Paris
XI. Paris 1318-1245: The Interpreters of SCotus and Aureol
XII. Epiloguw: Adam Wodeham's First Parisian Readers
Index personarum et rerum