Here’s the latest collection of news and events that’s come my way:
- There’s a memorial workshop in honor of Marilyn Adams next month at Rutgers University (February 16-17, 2018).
- Brian Leftow, currently the Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oxford University, has accepted the Alston Chair for the Philosophy of Religion at Rutgers University.
- LMU Munich is advertising a W2 Professorship in Renaissance philosophy. The application deadline is March 8, 2018. (For North American readers wondering what a W2 professorship is, Peter Adamson (who’s involved in the search) tells me that “the closest analogy would be Associate Professor.” The most senior positions are W3, but a W2 requires a “a strong track record of research already.” If you’re waiting for a W1 to appear, don’t. There apparently is no such thing!)
- Charles University (Prague) is advertising a three-year lectureship in medieval philosophy. Application deadline is March 15, 2018.
- For the 8th year, the Circolo San Tommaso d’Aquino Onlus is sponsoring a contest for younger scholars (35 or younger) on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Application deadline February 16, 2018. The prize is €2000. Information here.
- Graduate students have until the end of January to apply for this year’s Jan Wojcik Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy. It’s a travel grant worth up to $4K. Details here.
- Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew University) is offering a week-long masterclass on the philosophy of Hasdai Crescas, at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, April 30 -May 4, 2018). A small number of grants will be available to cover lodging. For further information, contact Yitzhak Melamed.
- The University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a conference this spring on Disability in Latin Medieval Philosophy and Theology (April 26-28, 2018).
- Also that week in April, the University of Navarra is hosting an International Congress on Intelligence and Will in Thomas Aquinas (Pamplona, April 26-27, 2018). Deadline for proposals is March 1.
- The annual Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy will again be held in Brooklyn (June 6-8, 2o18).
- In July, the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought is sponsoring a summer school on The Challenge of Natural Teleology: Final Causes from Aristotle to Darwin” (July 3-6, 2018). This is timed to precede the HOPOS Conference, also in Groningen, on July 9-12.
Here’s the latest news about what’s happening around the medieval community:
- Twin workshops are being organized in Morocco for March 2018. On March 12-13, there will be a conference on Averroes in Rabat. On March 15-16, the action will move south to Marrakech, for a workshop on “Human Knowing in the Medieval Arabic and Latin Traditions.” Applications are still being accepted; see details here.
- L’Institut d’Études Médiévales has organized a conference in Paris on the subject “Existe-t-il une mystique médiévale?” (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017)
- St. Andrews is sponsoring a conference on Medieval Logic and Its Contemporary Relevance (April 30-May 2, 2018). CfP deadline February 1.
- There’s a conference on Anselm at the University of Houston next spring, extending to all aspects of his career (May 4-5, 2018). CfP deadline February 1. [There doesn’t seem to be anything on the web yet, but anyone interested should contact Sally Vaughn.]
- Speaking of Anselm, the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies (Manchester, NH) is advertising a summer research grant for graduate students and recent PhDs who are interested in spending a week doing research at the Institute. Application deadline February 1, 2018. Details here.
- The thirteenth annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition will run on June 2 5-27, 2018, on the topic “Principles, Cosmology, and First Philosophy in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition.” Details here.
- Jonathan Jacobs is directing an NEH Seminar on Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Colgate University, July 8-Aug. 4, 2018). [If this looks familiar, it’s because he regularly offers this topic as an NEH summer seminar.] Application deadline: March 7.
- There’s an interesting interview with Calvin Normore at the Medieval Logic and Semantics blog. It’s mainly devoted to the place of logic in philosophy and in the history of philosophy.
- The 2017 Rising Scholar Award, sponsored by the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, has been awarded to Daniel Shields (Pontifical College Josephinum) for his paper “Everything in Motion is Put in Motion by Another: A Principle in Aquinas’ First Way.”
- Through the end of February, Quaracchi is holding one of its occasional 50% off sales. That offer covers a whole lot of important Franciscan philosophical texts. You can find the catalog here.
There’s a lot to report on events in the field this coming year. Here’s a start:
- University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy (Sept. 22-23, 2017)
- Dialectic and Analytics in the Aristotelian Tradition (Providence College [Rhode Island], Oct. 13-14, 2017)
- Scotus and Scotism: A Conference on Duns Scotus’s Reportatio Parisiensis (Bonn, Oct. 16, 2017)
- Deus summe cognoscibilis. The theological relevance of St. Bonaventure (Rome, Nov. 15-17, 2017)
- Symposium in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy – Feminine* Perspectives (Montreal, March 15-17, 2018). Cfp deadline Oct. 7
- Meister Eckhart in Köln (University of Cologne, March 15-18, 2018)
- Habit in the History of Philosophy (University of Durham, April 12-14, 2018). Cfp deadline Dec. 31
- Natural Law in Medieval Philosophy: Traditions, Convergences and Divergences (Rome, April 10-11, 2018). Cfp deadline Oct. 30
- Language, Thought, and Reality: The Continental and British Traditions of Medieval Logic Revisited (XXIInd European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics, Düsseldorf, June 25-29, 2018)
- The Library: Spaces of Thought and Knowledge Systems (41. Cologne Mediaevistentagung, Sept. 10-14, 2018)
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.”
- 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.
I am hereby announcing a conference in medieval philosophy to be held at the University of Colorado on April 5-7, 2018.
Everyone is invited, and I expect you all to come.
Although I will not be able to cover all of everyone’s expenses, I hope to have enough funds to cover lodging for anyone who works in the field and would like to come. (Lodging will be at the beautiful Chautauqua cottages.)
This is a one-time event, and I am hoping it will be a big party. Please put it on your calendar and then RSVP, directly to me.
Details regarding the conference, as it develops, will become available here.
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: