Research position in Arabic philosophy, and a summer school in Berlin

The Thomas-Institut (Cologne) is advertising a position to edit Ibn Bāǧǧa’s commentary on Aristotle’s De generatione et corruptione. Application deadline is July 30. Information here.

Also, EGSAMP (the European Graduate School for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy) has announced a summer school this September 27-30, 2017, in Berlin, on this topic: ‘A Path Through the Ages’: Philosophy and Doxography from Ancient to Early Modern Philosophy. Details here.


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:

Job and Study Opportunities

Anyone looking for a job in medieval philosophy will know to check, and so I generally don’t bother to report on those (so far few) announcements here. But here are some things worth noting:

Opportunities and Initiatives

Positions Available

It seems inescapable that, at least in my part of the world, summer is over. So let the blog recommence, first with a notice about two positions being advertised.

I don’t (ordinarily) post information about junior faculty positions, because anyone in need of a starting position will know to look at But senior medieval positions are so rare as scarcely to be worth looking for, and so in this case I thought an announcement might be useful.

Career Opportunities in Europe

Here is an annotated guide to some European positions that have been announced this spring.

  • First, there are two very good jobs being advertised in France, one at Paris-I and one at Strasbourg. The details can be seen at Pariscope médiéval.

My informant on such matters, Jacob Schmutz, explains to me that these are both “maître de conferences” positions, which means that they are open both to new PhDs and to scholars at the associate level in the North American system. Must you speak French to be a plausible candidate? Yes, you must, fluently. Unlike in much of northern Europe, where monolingual Americans are increasingly being hired, you won’t get a job teaching philosophy in France without very good French. (It’s interesting that neither of these jobs are posted at philjobs — indeed, so far as I can see, there are no French jobs listed there at all.)

These doctoral student positions are a strange thing from the North American perspective, where we are used to every graduate program having open positions every spring for every area of philosophy. Everyone applies, and the best candidates get the positions, regardless of area. In Continental Europe, in contrast, at least in many cases, one has to find a place that happens to have funding, and then one has to take up a research project in the advertised area. The process looks more like finding a job than like enrolling in a university.