Universiteit van Amsterdam


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

30 April - 2 May 2018, Workshop on Medieval Logic & its Contemporary Relevance, St. Andrews, Scotland

Date: 30 April - 2 May 2018
Location: St. Andrews, Scotland
Deadline: Thursday 1 February 2018

Studying medieval logic can make us aware of the consequences of certain ideas in at least two ways. First, the problems that medieval logicians were tackling are in many cases still with us today and still unresolved, more so than in some more recent periods. Secondly, though medieval academia was small in comparison to its modern counterpart, logic played a key role in the medieval curriculum and was the object of close attention by some remarkably perceptive thinkers. So the study of medieval logic has particular contemporary relevance and can yield many insights into contemporary puzzles in philosophy of logic. The object of the workshop is to encourage investigation into these connections and to showcase notable examples.

We hope to include at least half a dozen Contributed Talks, each allotted one hour (including discussion). Talks should preferably both contain historical material from the middle ages and relate it to contemporary concerns in philosophical logic. To submit a talk for the workshop, please send an abstract of around 500 words by 1 February 2018. We intend to let successful contributors know the result by 15 February.