Notes taken by Alexander Archibald from dictates of George Peacock, 1688-1689

Scope and Content

Notes from the dictates of George Peacock, taken down by Alexander Archibald.Prefaced [pp.i-ix] by extracts from a sermon and by a riddle in English in the hand of John Archibald, 1725, lord of Balraunie, [Menmuir, Angus], starts 'I have a thing that nothing is'.

Pp.1-194 Cursus Logicus, in four parts, part I finished 24 December 1688, part II finished 5 February 1689.

Part I:

  • pp.1-2 Logicam Praefatio [Preface].
  • pp.2-6 Introductio ad logicam [Introduction to logic].
  • pp.7-14 De syllogismi materia et forma [On Syllogisms].
  • pp.14-22 [On the terminology of logic].
  • pp.22-29 De objecto logicae [On the proper object of logic].
  • pp.29-34 [On various objections].
  • pp.34-43 [On terms].
  • pp.43-52 De idearum nostra [On the nature of ideas].
  • pp.52-59 De idearum objectis [On the proper object of ideas].
  • pp.59-65 De distinctione [On distinctions].
  • pp.66-75 De Universales [On universals].
  • pp.75-84 De genere et specie [On genus and species].
  • pp.84-92 De differentia et individuo [On individuation].
  • pp.92-99 De proprie et accidente [On properties and accidents].
  • pp.99-103 [On arguments from analogy].
  • pp.103-109 De categoriis [On categories].
  • pp.109-112 De accidente [On accidents].
  • pp.112-117 De quantitate et qualitate [On quantity and quality].
  • pp.117-122 De relations [On relations].
  • pp.122-127 [On predicates].
  • [p.128 scribbles].

Part II:

  • pp.129-134 [On simple and compound propositions].
  • pp.134-136 De variis speciebus [On varieties of species].
  • pp.136-140 [On the determination of falsity].
  • pp.140-143 [On inferential reasoning from a false major].
  • pp.143-147 [On opposition].
  • pp.147-149 [On future propositions].
  • pp.149-151 De propositionii conversione [On the conversion of propositions].
  • pp.151-156 De definitione et divisione [On Definition and Division].

Part III:

  • pp.157-161 De argumentatione [On various types of argument].
  • pp.161-167 De syllogismi [On the syllogism].
  • pp.167-181 De divisione syllogismi [On the varieties of syllogism].

Part IV:

  • pp.182-188 De methodo in genere [On logical method in general].
  • pp.188-190 De methodo analytica [On analytical method].
  • pp.190-194 De methodo compositionis [On procedure by composition, unfinished].

Administrative / Biographical History

George Peacock was a regent teaching philosophy at Marischal College, Aberdeen, c.1688-1694.


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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Muniments Room, 10 Nov 1956


Call number used to be ms1950

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: vellum and vellum boards. Remains of two ties. Ruled borders.Paper: 10.4x15.6cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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Custodial History

Volume owned by David Speid [Speed], 1690, and, in 1725, by John Archibald of Balraunie.



Related Material

University of St Andrews GB 227 msBC59.P4: Notes taken down by Thomas Paull from the dictates of George Peacock, 1694.