Late Spring News

This will probably be my last post until August. First, some information about upcoming events:

  • The Collège de France is holding a two-day international colloquium, Philosopher au XIIe siècle, at the end of May (Paris, May 29-30, 2017).
  • There’s a conference on Knowledge as Assimilation, ranging over ancient and medieval material, co-sponsored by the Rationality in Perception group in Helsinki and the Representation and Reality group in Gothenberg (Helsinki, June 9-11, 2017).
  • The University of Bonn is holding a conference this summer, on “Time and Modality. Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives” (July 20-22, 2017). Immediately before the conference (July 17-19), they’re running a summer school in conjunction with themes from the conference. The application deadline for the summer school is May 31. Details on the summer school here.
  • The Thomas-Institut has sent out its call for papers for the 2018 Cologne Mediaevistentagung. The topic is The Library: Spaces of Thought and Knowledge Systems. The submission deadline is August 15, 2017. See details here.

Next, some information about people:

  • Nate Bulthius, a recent Cornell PhD, is interviewed at the APA blog, where he discusses in some detail his perspective on studying medieval philosophy.
  • Thomas Ward, currently at Loyola Marymount, is moving to Baylor University, starting this coming fall. With John Haldane already there, as well as Francis Beckwith, and with Tim O’Connor joining the department as well, this makes Baylor quite a prominent option for graduate study in medieval philosophy.

And then some links, both, as it happens, pertaining to Scotus:

  • Tobias Hoffmann’s very useful Scotus bibliography is now available here, where it continues to be updated.
  • Thomas Williams has just come out with an extensive collection of English translations of Scotus’s ethical work (OUP 2017). In addition to the book, there is a website, here. On the website, there are additional translations, links to some of Thomas’s papers, and a remarkable unpublished essay that makes the case for why the Vatican edition of Ordinatio III.26-40 is “so frequently bad that no responsible scholar can rely on it.”

Finally, jobs:

  • There’s a three-year postdoc position at the above-mentioned Helsinki project, Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550. The application deadline is May 29, 2017. Details here.
  • There’s a two-year postdoc advertised in Munich, connected to the project Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen: Antike, Mittelalter, Neuzeit. Quoting from the ad, “The central concern of the project is the medieval reaction to the ancient idea that God’s rulership to the universe is comparable to that between a political ruler and the state that s/he governs.” The application deadline is June 1, 2017. Details here.

Various Announcements

Here’s what’s coming this summer from projects affiliated with Richard Taylor at Marquette:

And here are a few other things you might like to know about:

Various Spring and Summer Events

Here’s the latest assortment of events in the field:

  • The Lumen Christi Institute is again running a series of seminars for doctoral students, with generous funding and enviable locations. The most relevant one for this blog has the topic: Is God Knowable by Natural Reason? Philosophy, Theology, and Trinitarian Thought in the Middle Ages. It will be held this June in Rome, and is directed by Mark Clark and Tim Noone. I’m sorry to say I waited too long to post this, and the deadline is today. See info here. Maybe if you blame me for your application’s being late, they’ll give you an extension.
  • I’m even tardier to announce a conference at Columbia University on Rethinking Philosophy’s Past, 1300-1800. This happened back on Feb. 17-18.
  • The Princeton-Penn-Columbia Gradute Conference in the History of Philosophy has put out its call for papers. The conference is May 20th in Princeton. Submission deadline is March 25th. Apparently there’s no web page as of yet, but the instructions are as follows:

    Papers should not exceed 4000 words (or 30 minutes presentation time). They should be prepared for blind review and sent as a PDF file to In a separate PDF attachment, please include your name, academic affiliation, email address, telephone number, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 300 words.

  • The SMRP is soliciting submissions for its annual Founders’ Award. The prize goes to the best paper for a junior scholar. Deadline is April 1. See details here.
  • Labex Hastec is sponsoring a one-day conference, Les Lumières de l’Orient médiéval aux racines de la Renaissance européenne (Paris, March 21, 2017).
  • Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Ordered Universe Project, is hosting a conference, Aspectus and Affectus: Robert Grosseteste, Understanding and Feeling (Washington, March 31-April 1, 2017).
  • The University of Toronto is beginning an annual conference on the history of metaphysics. This year’s topic is time (April 29-30, 2017). A few details here.
  • The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism has put out a call for papers for its session at the 2017 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Dallas, 16-19 November 2017). Deadline is May 15th.
  • The Cornell Summer Colloquium is back, but not in Ithaca. This year, Scott MacDonald is running the colloquium in Brooklyn (June 7-9, 2017).
  • The Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy is organizing a workshop on Perception, Knowledge, and Assimilation (Helsinki, June 12, 2017). It’s aimed at younger scholars, and has some funding to cover expenses. Application deadline is March 31. Details here. [Please note correct date, changed from my original post.]
  • Finally, the Aquinas Institute is raffling off a complete set of its Opera omnia series. Enter before March 7th, here.

Various End-of-Year News Items

Here are various things that I’ve been meaning to announce. First a prize:

  • The Charles Schmitt Prize is on again, covering intellectual history, 1500 to the present. Doctoral students and new PhDs only. The deadline is December 31. Details here.

Next, some conferences:

Upcoming Conferences etc.

Fall 2016 Conferences

Although it still feels like summer in Boulder (judging strictly by the weather), it is time to bring the blog back to life. First, some conferences not previously announced for this fall:

Also, here are three calls for papers, two from the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy:

and a third from the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ Group, also for Kalamazoo (contact

(Unfortunately, the deadline for all three of these is today, Sept. 19th, but perhaps you can get a brief extension from the organizers.)

Final Spring Post

Before shutting down for the summer, here are three more conference announcements and some art:

  • The annual Berlin-Groningen-Toronto Colloquium in Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy is on the topic of “Activity, Spontaneity, and Agency” (Toronto, June 11, 2016)
  • The Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy has been scheduled for 23-24 September 2016, although I think nothing is on the web yet.
  • SIEPM XIV is coming. It will be in Porto Alegre Brazil, on July 24-28, 2017, on the topic of “Homo – Natura – Mundus: Human Beings and their Relationships.” European scholars do not need to be told about the importance of these international congresses, which are scheduled only every five years. But perhaps I might suggest to my North American colleagues that we make a better showing this time around, particularly since the Congress is making a rare appearance on this side of the Atlantic. To get on the program, you must submit an abstract this fall — see details here. If you’re from North America, that’s the only way you’ll get on the program, because, amazingly, none of the ten distinguished plenary speakers at this international congress hail from North America.

Now for the art:

  • My colleague David Boonin alerted me to this curious bit of graphic art, with Thomas and Albert right at the center. He saw it this week in New York, at an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, though it was commissioned originally for a 2013 exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The artist is Francesco Franchi.

That’s all until next fall, unless people send me queries for other scholars. I’ve advertised this service before, and in the past no one has sent me anything, so maybe I should just give up on the idea. But the few times I have posted a query myself, I have gotten such useful information that it seems a pity others aren’t taking advantage. Perhaps people are afraid of submitting a query that will seem too embarrassingly elementary for the rarefied audience of this blog? Well, send it to me anyway, and I won’t post it unless it strikes me as worthy.