• Congratulations to Jan Aertsen for winning the Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize for 2013. The book, of course, is his Medieval Philosophy as Transcendental Thought from Philip the Chancellor (ca. 1225) to Francisco Suarez (Leiden:  Brill, 2012).
  • The International Society for Intellectual History is again offering the Charles Schmitt Prize, for a paper in intellectual history, going back to 1500. Deadline is December 31. For details, go here.
  • VU University Amersterdam is sponsoring a major conference over the next few days: Analysis and Synthesis: Philosophical Methods and Scientific Methodology in Ancient and Medieval Thought (December 18-21, 2013).  Details here.
  • Hard on the heels of my post about positions being advertised in medieval philosophy, a postdoc has just been announced in Arabic philosophy, associated with the previously-mentioned Gothenburg project on Reality and Representation. The position is advertised here.



Here is a list of jobs that were advertised this fall for positions in medieval philosophy. All jobs are tenure-track or the equivalent:

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)

Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)

King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Wisconsin-Madison [The job is advertised in early modern or medieval. It’s the second year in a row that a major US research university has listed medieval on a short list of desired specializations. (Compare Ohio State’s very similar position last year.) This strikes me as a significant new trend. Such departments are not yet thinking it obligatory to have a specialist in medieval, but it is now on their list of interests in a way it previously was not.]

University of Geneva [This is a senior position, to replace Alain de Libera, who is now teaching at the Collège de France. A French correspondent tells me there were 21 candidates for the Geneva position, and, as of yet, no decision made.]


This is a short list, but it does not include quite a few further positions that look on their face as if they might be friendly to a medievalist, but that do not list medieval as the area of specialization.

Thanks to Nate Bulthuis (Cornell PhD student) for sharing this list with me.

Yet more conferences

This first deserves mention in a class by itself, given the size and quality of the program:

  • Medieval Theories of Relations (XXth European Symposium of Medieval Logic and Semantics). University of Cambridge, June 12-16, 2014. For details, go here.

This next is going on right now:

  • Théologie et philosophie en prédication: de Thomas d’Aquin à Jean Calvin (Colloque à l’occasion de la parution de l’édition critique des Sermons de Thomas d’Aquin). Le Saulchoir, Paris, December 5-6, 2013. Details here.

Then these are also coming, next summer:

  • Definition and Essence in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition (Ninth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition), June 23-25, 2014. Call for abstracts deadline is March 1, 2014. For more details, go here.
  • What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Dialogue between Philosophy and Theology in the 21st Century (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California), July 16-20, 2014. For more details, go here.