Abraham Fraunce, The Shepherds' Logic and Other Dialectical Writings

Edited by Zenón Luis-Martínez

Critical Texts 46

Modern Humanities Research Association

29 April 2016  •  228pp

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Abraham Fraunce’s The Shepherds’ Logic (c. 1585) is one of the first English adaptations of Petrus Ramus’s Dialecticae libri duo (1556). Preserved in a manuscript also containing two shorter essays on Ramist dialectic, the work was later modified and enlarged for publication as The Lawyers’ Logic (1588). But Fraunce’s substantial and almost exclusive use of Edmund Spenser’s The Shepherds’ Calendar (1579) as the source for practical examples makes the manuscript treatise a unique document revealing the influence of the Ramist reform of the arts of discourse on the new literary elite led by Philip Sidney and Gabriel Harvey.

This is the first published critical edition of Fraunce’s early treatise and the two companion essays. It presents the texts in modernized spelling, traces their sources and contexts, and draws out their literary and philosophical implications. It also includes relevant excerpts from The Lawyers’ Logic, such as Fraunce’s quantitative-verse translation of Virgil’s Second Eclogue and its Ramist analysis, and a full catalogue of the quotations from Spenser’s Calendar. As a whole, this edition sees Fraunce’s pastoral logic as a first-hand testimony showing how scholarly training in the Renaissance arts of discourse enlightened the composition and interpretation of poetic texts.

Zenón Luis-Martínez is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Huelva (Spain), where he teaches medieval and early modern English literature.

Reviews:

  • ‘Luis-Martínez gives as rigorous and detailed an account of the work’s genesis and immediate context as most readers could possibly wish for, offering much greater precision about Fraunce’s sources than earlier studies have been willing or able to provide... Fraunce has found a well-informed and sympathetic editor who can guide readers through what will be, to most, the unappealing thickets of humanistic logic, and direct their attention, instead, to the instructive value of this idiosyncratic Elizabethan voice.’ — Michael Hetherington, Spenser Review 47.1.14, Winter 2017
  • ‘Luis-Martínez’s introduction not only explains Ramism but also puts Fraunce’s project in dialogue with Spenser’s 'Shepheardes Calender’.’ — Katherine Eggert, English Literature 57, 2017, 209
  • ‘All in all, for the foreseeable future Luis-Martínez’s meticulous, ground-breaking edition will be the obligatory point of departure for all students and scholars with an interest in Fraunce’s logical writings, as well as a providing a useful introduction to English Ramism in general. The book is a credit to English Renaissance studies in Spain, and Luis-Martínez is to be congratulated.’ — Jonathan P. A. Sell, Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies Yearbook 27, 2017, 255–61
  • ‘The edition issues a siren call to literary scholars, in particular those working on historical formalism, and literature and education, to probe afresh for potential reciprocity between poetry and logic in England in this period... By making a rationale for reading The Shepherds’ Logic not as a poor cousin of Fraunce’s later, more famous textbook, but in its own right with its own arguments to make about poetry and logic, and the vernacular, Luis-Martínez elevates this text to essential reading for those working on English humanism and early modern education and literature more broadly.’ — Emma Annette Wilson, Spanish Journal of English Studies 38, 2017, 139‒143
  • ‘Many are the reasons why Zenón Luis-Martínez’s critical edition of Abraham Fraunce’s The Shepherds’ Logic is a highly valuable contribution to early modern scholarship... As customary with editions published by the MHRA, there is a “Textual Notes” section at the end of the work to supplement the rich comments of the footnotes that run throughout the text, a final glossary of rare and archaic words, and an updated bibliography.’ — Rocío Gutiérrez Sumillera, Miscelánea 56, 2017, 141-144

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-vii
Acknowledgements
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viii-xii
Abbreviations
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1-52
Introduction
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53-56
The Shepherds’ Logic
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57-61
Book I: of Invention: Chapter 1 What Logic Is
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62-69
Chapter 2 of the Parts of Logic and Diverse Kinds of Arguments
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Chapter 3 of the Final and the Efficient Cause
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Chapter 4 of the Matter and the Form
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Chapter 5 of the Thing Caused
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Chapter 6 of the Subject
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Chapter 7 of the Adjunct
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Chapter 8 of Diverse Arguments
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Chapter 9 of the Opposite
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Chapter 10 of Contraries
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Chapter 11 of Repugning° Arguments
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Chapter 12 of Contradictories
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Chapter 13 of Privatives
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Chapter 14 of Comparison
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Chapter 15 of the More
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Chapter 16 of the Less
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Chapter 17 of the Like
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Chapter 18 of the Unlike
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Chapter 19 of Distribution
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Chapter 20 of the Distribution Made of Causes
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Chapter 21 of the Distribution of the Effect
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Chapter 22 of the Distribution Made of the Subject
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107-107
Chapter 23 of the Distribution Made of the Adjuncts
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108-109
Chapter 24 of A Definition
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110-111
Chapter 25 of A Description
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Chapter 26 of Inartificial Arguments
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Book Ii: of Judgement: Chapter 1 [what Judgement Is]
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Chapter 2 of An Axiom Affirmative Or Negative
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Chapter 3 of A True and False Axiom
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Chapter 4 of A Simple Axiom
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Chapter 5 of the Congregative Axioms
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Chapter 6 of A Connexive Axiom
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Chapter 7 of the Segregative Axiom
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Chapter 8 of the Disjunctive Axiom
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125-126
Chapter 9 of A Syllogism and His Parts
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127-127
Chapter 10 of A Simple Syllogism
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Chapter 11 of the Contracted Syllogism
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Chapter 12 of the Explicate Syllogism
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Chapter 13 of the Second Kind of Syllogisms Fully Expressed
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Chapter 14 of the First Kind of A Connexive Syllogism
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Chapter 15 of the Second Kind of Connexive Syllogism
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Chapter 16 of A Disjunctive Syllogism
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Chapter 17 of the Second Disjunctive Syllogism
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Chapter 18 of Method
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Chapter 19 of the Elenchs
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145-150
Of the Nature and Use of Logic
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151-160
A Brief and General Comparison of Ramus his Logic with That of Aristotle, to the Right Worshipful his Very Good Master and Patron, Master Philip Sidney
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161-172
Appendix I: Excerpts From the Lawyers’ Logic (1588)
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173-178
Appendix Ii: the Shepherds’ Calendar in Fraunce’s Logical Writings
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179-181
Appendix Iii: A Comparative Table of Contents of Ramus’s Dialecticae Libri Duo (ramus/piscator), the Shepherds’ Logic, and the Lawyers’ Logic
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182-190
Textual Notes
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191-199
Glossary
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200-209
Bibliography
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210-214
INDEX
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215-216
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Luis-Martínez, Zenón (ed.), Abraham Fraunce, The Shepherds' Logic and Other Dialectical Writings, Critical Texts, 46 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Abraham Fraunce, The Shepherds' Logic and Other Dialectical Writings, ed. by Zenón Luis-Martínez, Critical Texts, 46 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Luis-Martínez, p. 47.

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Luis-Martínez, Zenón (ed.). 2016. Abraham Fraunce, The Shepherds' Logic and Other Dialectical Writings, Critical Texts, 46 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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