Notes taken by James Stewart from dictates of Alexander Scrimgeour, 1698-1699

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Notes from the dictates of Alexander Scrimgeour, taken down by James Stewart.

  • Pp.4-154, Tractatus Logicus [Treatise on Logic] begun on 6 December 1698, the first part completed 31 December 1698, the second completed 2 March 1699, the third part completed 15 April 1699 and the fourth part completed 19 April 1699.
  • pp.6-7 Praefatio [Preface].
  • pp.8-9 Introductio ad logicam [Introduction to logic].
  • pp.9-12 De termino [On Terms].
  • pp.12-17 De propositione [On propositions].
  • pp.17-27 De syllogismo [On Syllogisms].
  • pp.28-31 De legibus disputandi [On disputed rules].
  • pp.31-36 De genore logicae [On the foundations of logic].
  • pp.36-40 De logica objecto [On the proper object of logic].
  • pp.41-43 De logica fine [On the purpose of logic].
  • pp.44-50 De idearum objectis [On the proper object of ideas].
  • pp.50-57 De idearum natura [On the nature of ideas].
  • pp.57-64 De universali in communi [On universals and particulars].
  • pp.64-77 De universalis speciebus [On universals].
  • pp.78-83 De aliis idearum divisionibus [On disputed opinions on universals].
  • pp.83-89 De conceptuum [On concepts].
  • pp.89-93 De occasionibus et remediis errori [On common errors].
  • pp.94-97 De natura iudicii [On the nature of judgments].
  • pp.97-103 De propositione [On propositions].
  • pp.103-109 De veritate et falsitate propositionii [On the truth and falsity of propositions].
  • pp.109-112 De propositionii conversione [On the conversion of propositions].
  • pp.112-115 De definitione et divisione [On Definition and Division].
  • pp.115-118 De falsorii judiciorii causis [On the reasons for false judgments].
  • pp.119-136 De syllogismi [On the syllogism].
  • pp.137-140 De natura et effectum syllogismi topici [On topics].
  • pp.141-142 De ratiocinationibus vitiosis {On error].
  • pp.143-144 De Sophismatis extradictionem [On various logical errors].
  • pp.145-149 De methode in genere [On method in general].
  • pp.149-151 De geometrari methodo [On geometric method].
  • pp.151-153 De Praxi logicae et analysi [On analytical logic].
  • pp.155-66 Theses Logicae.
  • p.157 Scribbles.
  • p.218 Index.

Decorated title page, ruled borders. Marginal annotations in the hand of James Stewart.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Scrimgeour (fl.1696-d.1732), de jure fourth Earl of Dundee and a Jacobite sympathiser, was regent and then professor of philosophy at St Salvator's College. In 1713 he was appointed as second master and professor of divinity at the New College (St Mary’s), although not without opposition.He was suspended after the Jacobite rebellion.


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Purchased for 4s at the sale of the library of Dr John Lee as lot 236, 5 Apr 1861

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Binding: calf.Paper: 15.4x20.2cm vertically bound.

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Custodial History

The names Adam and James Stewart (perhaps one name) appear on p.97 and signature of Adam Stewart on p.167.