I have picked many colleagues' brains, but most of
them must here be thanked anonymously. I am espec-
ially indebted to Professor L. M. De Rijk for the
loan of a vital microfilm; to D. D. McGibbon for
help with Greek texts; to Fr Romuald Green for
making available his work on Obligation (which I
wish he would get round to publishing); and to
Professor Nicholas Rescher for remedying part of my
deep ignorance of the Arabs. It should be added that
A. N. Prior started the whole thing off by getting
me interested in Buridan.
Dedication? To the friend who said 'I hope thetitle isn't an accurate description of the contents'.
But most of all to Rita, Fiona and Julie.