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Title: Common Notions and Rational Arguments
Subtitle: Nicetas of Byzantium's Logical Arsenal and Ninth-Century Byzantine Polemic against Islam
Author(s): ERISMANN, Christophe
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 72    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2020   
Pages: 273-290
DOI: 10.2143/JECS.72.3.3288668

Abstract :
Nicetas of Byzantium, in his treatises against Islam, offers what is certainly the most explicit use of Aristotelian logic in a Byzantine polemical religious text written during the long ninth century. Even if he does not quote Aristotle by name, he makes regular use of several key concepts of Aristotelian logic. In response to his Muslim opponents and their accusation that the Christian faith contradicts basic logical principles, Nicetas presents both a well-argued exposition of several elements of Christian doctrine and criticism of some aspects of Islam. The article analyses some aspects of his logical culture and discusses his possible motivations for using Aristotelian logic in such a context.