A New Year in Medieval Philosophy

As part of her ERC grant on 12th-century logic, Caterina Tarlazzi (Venice) seeks to hire an expert in digital humanities—in particular, an expert in digital scholarly editions. A master’s degree, not a doctorate, is required. Details here. The application deadline is February 8, 2023.

The University of Jyväskylä is advertising two postdocs for Martina Reuter’s project on Gender in Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy. I would think the clever medievalist might make a strong case for inclusion in the scope of this program. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. Application details here.

There’s a new journal starting up in the history of philosophy, Journal of the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. It’s published by Brill, and edited by Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn) and Mary Ellen Waithe (Cleveland State).

The SIEPM has announced the deadlines for its usual slate of prizes and funding opportunities: a junior scholar award (deadline of June 1, 2023); a stipend for junior scholars to study with senior scholars (deadline of May 1, 2023); a subvention for the publication of a monograph. Information can be found here.

Looking up the previous alerted me to an honor that I had been previously unaware, and so had failed to report: the SIEPM’s lifetime achievement award, which is given out only every five years (during the World Congress) was awarded this past August to Sten Ebbesen (Copenhagen). Congratulations Sten!

Next month, Dragos Calma (Dublin) and Tobias Hoffmann (Sorbonne) are sponsoring an in-person conference in Vienna on Primary and Secondary Causality: Medieval Theories at the Crossroads between Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism (February 16-17, 2023).

In March there’s an international two-day online conference on the subject What Can the Will Do? It’s being organized by Monika Michałowska (Łódź) and Jenny Pelletier (Gothenburg). It will be entirely on zoom (March 23-24, 2023).

The AAIWG — that’s the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group, for those not in the know — is planning a conference in late spring in Istanbul, at Marmara University. The cfp deadline is just a couple of days away (January 21, 2023), so act quickly if you’d like to be involved. The dates are May 29–June 1, 2023. More details here.

The Universidad de los Andes is hosting a Congreso Tomista Internacional in June. (There does not seem to be, as yet, information on the web, but inquiries can be sent to congresotomista@gmail.com.) Santiago, June 28-30, 2023. The cfp deadline is March 31, 2023.

The Journal of the History of Philosophy is advertising its annual summer seminar, and this year’s topic is The Ancient Origins of Renaissance and Early Modern Feminism. It will be directed by Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill). The seminar is open to advanced graduate students and recent PhDs, and comes with generous funding. (Montreal, May 15-19, 2023. The application deadline is February 15.)

Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, California) is again hosting a Thomistic Summer Conference. This year’s topic is The Soul in the Philosophy and Theology of St. Thomas (June 15-18, 2023). The cfp deadline is January 31, 2023.

The Lumen Christi Institute is again hosting an interesting roster of summer seminars, aimed at current PhD students, and extending to topics such as Augustine’s City of God and Gregory Nazianzen. Generous funding is available. Details here. Application deadlines are in February.

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Romuald Green, OFM (1929-2022)

I have just learned from Timothy Noone that Romuald Green has died in Washington DC, at the age of 93.

Father Green is perhaps best known for his 1963 dissertation at Leuven, An introduction to the logical treatise De obligationibus: with critical texts of William of Sherwood and Walter Burley.

In more recent years, he contributed to the Franciscan Institute’s edition of William Ockham (OPh V and OTh VII, to be exact), and to all five volumes of the Opera philosophica of Scotus.

His funeral Mass will take place on December 19th at the Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington.

Online Calculators

Irene Binini (Parma) and Sylvain Roudaut (Stockholm) are running a monthly online seminar on the Oxford Calculators, and the second meeting is this Tuesday, December 6th, at 13.00–15.15 CET. The topic, organized by Monika Michałowska (Łódź), is The Intersections of Time and Ethics/Theology in Richard FitzRalph, Adam Wodeham, Richard Kilvington, and John Ripa.The web page has information on how to register.

There’s a senior position in medieval being advertised at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The application deadline is December 20th, 2022. Proficiency in Spanish is required.

There’s a conference scheduled for February, in Rome, on Modeling, Idealization and Truth: A Dialogue between Contemporary Philosophy of Science and the Aristotelian Tradition (Angelicum, Feb. 24-25, 2023). There’s still an open call for papers for junior scholars, with a deadline of January 1.

As part of the annual medieval and renaissance conference at St. Louis University (June 12-14, 2023), Susan Brower-Toland (Saint Louis) and Jenny Pelletier (Gothenburg) are organizing a mini-conference on medieval philosophy. Details are at the Pariscope médiéval. The cfp deadline is Jan. 30th, 2023.

The SISPM is holding its 26th meeting in Rome on the subject Le filosofie del XII secolo: Nuovi approcci, diverse prospettive (Sept. 20-22, 2023). The call for papers deadline is January 15, 2023.

Congratulations to Graziana Ciola (Nijmegen) for winning an ERC Starting Grant worth €1.5M, for her project The Impossible and the Imaginable: Late-Medieval Semantics of Impossibility and the Roots of Complex Mathematics. There’s more information about the project at Daily Nous.

Congrulations to Alexander Fidora (Barcelona), who has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award.

Anthony J. Lisska (1940-2022)

I am sorry to report that Tony Lisska died yesterday. Readers of this blog will know Tony’s work on Aquinas, most prominently his 1996 book on Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law and his 2016 book, Aquinas’s Theory of Perception, both published by Oxford.

For the community at Denison University (Ohio), Tony will be remembered for his five decades at the center of campus life there. Tamar Rudavsky forwarded these remarks from the president of Denison, Adam Weinberg, which offer a sense of the impact he had over his career:

“Emeritus Professor of Philosophy Tony J. Lisska passed away this morning. Tony was a pillar of the Denison and Granville communities and much beloved by all. He was a truly great Denisonian who embodied what it means to be a professor at a liberal arts college. Tony joined the faculty at Denison in 1969, launching an extraordinary 52-year career on The Hill. During his time at Denison, he served as dean of the college for five years, chaired the philosophy department three times, and founded and chaired the Honors Program for 15 years. He retired from Denison in 2021. In 2016, the Gilpatrick Center was rededicated as the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement (now the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement) to honor Tony’s enduring and exemplary service and dedication to the college. The Lisska Center’s mission is to promote intellectual dialogue and scholarly excellence on campus by supporting students, faculty, and alums. Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, a master’s from Saint Stephen’s College, a doctorate from The Ohio State University, and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Tony was a specialist in Thomism and analytic philosophy and the thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas. He published extensively and was a giant in the field of philosophy – his publications are detailed on his Denison bio page.

Tony will be missed by many, including me. The Denison flag will fly at half-staff for three days to celebrate his life and contributions. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

End of Summer News

Next month, the Eleventh International Thomistic Congress will begin in Rome. For those who can’t make it there in person, the plenary talks will be live-streamed (September 19-24, 2022).

Next spring, also in Rome, a conference will be devoted to The Concept of ‘Ius’ in Thomas Aquinas (April 21-22, 2023; cfp deadline is December 15, 2022).

Another travel opportunity for Thomists is in Nigeria, next January: a conference on Thomas Aquinas: Medieval Thinker in the 21st Century Global Village (Ibadan, January 25-26, 2023; cfp deadline is October 31, 2022).

Oleg Bychkov (St. Bonaventure Univ.) has asked me to let readers know that the journal he edits—the long-standing, widely indexed peer-reviewed journal Cithara—is looking for articles for its fall issue. They publish essays in the “Judaeo-Christian tradition,” and so would be a good venue for many topics in our field.

Tobias Hoffmann (Paris) has been industriously cataloging. He’s updated his longstanding Scotus bibliography, which has changed its web address and is now here. He’s also pulled together–with the help of some students–an 82-page booklet containing information about books in medieval philosophy published over the last several years. That’s here.

With that list of new books in hand, you might like to know that Brill is advertising a 50% sale on (almost) all its books until the end of September. Offer here.

If you’ve got no money for buying books, you might like to know that Claus Andersen (South Bohemia) has gone to the trouble of hunting down all of the volumes of the Vatican edition of Scotus that are available at the Internet Archive, and provided a master-page linking to them all. (He’s found all but six of them.) The Internet Archive doesn’t let you download the documents as a pdf, but this is still quite a useful resource. (Thanks to Lee Faber at The Smithy for the pointer.)

In a post last month, I mentioned some good news regarding junior hires, and that brought me further good news: Brett Yardley has been appointed as an assistant professor at DeSales University (Pennsylvania), and Nathaniel Taylor has accepted a tenure-track position at The Catholic University of America.

In a recent post, Peter Adamson (Munich) talks to the APA about the academic scene in Europe.

The XVth International Congress of the SIEPM is finally about to begin—next week in Paris. As of yet the schedule of talks does not seem to be available, but it will presumably be posted here at some point. (I myself am sorry to be missing the big event. I’ll be home in Colorado, teaching our first week of classes.)

Terence Parsons (1939-2022)

Terence Parsons died last week after a distinguished scholarly career, most recently at UCLA. Although he is best known in philosophy at large for his work on language and metaphysics, he also made important contributions to the study of medieval logic, most notably in his 2014 book, Articulating Medieval Logic (OUP). Some nice remembrances of what he was like as a person can be found here.

Junior Hires

Here are some prominent junior hires in the field from the past year. Some of these are recent and some happened back in the spring:

  • Charles Ehret has been hired as maître de conférence at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. This is one of just a few permanent positions in medieval philosophy in France.
  • Kendall Fisher has been hired as an assistant professor at Gonzaga University (Washington). Fisher previously held a tenure-track position at Seattle University.
  • Joseph Stenberg has been hired as an assistant professor at Colgate University (upstate New York). Stenberg previously held a tenure-track position at San Jose State (California).
  • Zita Toth has been hired as a lecturer in the Philosophy Department at King’s College London. This is the position long held by Christopher Hughes, and is one of just a few permanent positions in medieval philosophy in the U.K.

News Mainly from Europe

The University of Cologne is advertising three visiting fellowships associated with the Averroes Edition Project. These are open to both senior and junior scholars, for a 1-3 month research visit. Applications should be received by September 15, 2022. Details here.

Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) is advertising 12 doctoral positions in ancient or medieval studies, focusing on what their DFG project calls “heteronomous texts”—in other words, texts, such as commentaries, that depend on other texts. Medieval philosophical texts are very much intended as part of the scope of the project, which is being led by Matthias Perkams. The application deadline is July 17, 2022—although another 12 positions are expected to be advertised for the following year. Details here.

A two-day conference, Revisiting Medieval Dialectics, is running next week in Paris, under the organization of Julie Brumberg-Chaumont (CNRS) and Gustavo Fernández Walker (Gothenburg). Sorbonne, June 28-29, 2022.

A conference on Teleology in the Aristotelian Tradition is being organized for this coming fall at Palacký University. October 6-8, 2022, in Olomouc (Czech Republic). The cfp deadline is July 31, 2022.

A conference at UC Louvain this fall will consider From Toledo to Gotha: New Perspectives on the Impact of Avicenna upon Sciences and Philosophy in Europe (Louvain, October 14-15, 2022).

Next spring, Durham University will be holding a conference on Augustine and the Making of Christian Practice (March 23-24, 2023). The cfp deadline is July 31, 2022.

In the latest issue of IPM Monthly, among much else of interest, there’s an interesting interview with Jeffrey Witt (Loyola Maryland) about his innovative work on editing scholastic texts in a digital environment.

Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Amsterdam) has received the Lakatos Award for her 2020 book, The Dialogical Roots of Deduction (Cambridge UP). This annual prize honors a distinguished monograph in the philosophy of science.

Simo Knuuttila (1946-2022)

I am very sorry to announce the news that Simo Knuuttila died this past Friday. He served for three decades as a professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. During this time, he was a giant figure in the field of medieval philosophy, both as a personal mentor to many scholars and as an inspiration through his many papers and books. This work managed to combine, in an exemplary way, historical erudition and philosophical sophistication. Among his many interests were the history of logic, modality, and the theory of emotions.

News from May 2022

The University of Providence (Montana) is advertising a tenure-track junior position in philosophy. Although the AOS is open, the job description makes it clear that they are especially interested in scholars who work on the medieval tradition. Deadline for full consideration is May 29, 2022. Details here.

Anna Tropia & Daniele De Santis (Charles University, Prague) have organized a two-day conference on Intentionality and Person: Aquinas, Scotus, Stein (May 26-28, 2022, in Prague). This is part of a research project funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

Ana María Mora-Marquez (Gothenburg) has organized a day-long hybrid workshop on Medieval Science: Between Ideal and Social Practice (Paris, June 9, 2022). Details here.

The first issue of IPM Monthly has just appeared (Iberica Philosophica Mediaevalia). It’s an expanded version of the newsletter that Nicola Polloni has been producing for several years now, and is sponsored by the Sociedad de Filosofia Medieva (SOFIME).

Mario Meliadò is advertising a PhD position at the University of Siegen (Germany), focused on medieval philosophy. It is a three-year funded position. Details here.

Yoav Meyrav (Maimonides Centre, Hamburg) has received a €1.5 million ERC grant to study medieval Hebrew philosophical manuscripts.