• B.A., McGill University (1968)
  • M.A.,Toronto (1969)
  • Ph.D., Toronto (1976)


Research Interests: Medieval Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, History of Logic, Social and Political Theory, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion





  • “Ex Impossibile Quodlibet Sequitur”. Vivarium. 53 (2-4), 2015 :353-371
  • Externalism, Singular Thought and Nominalist Ontology” in The Demonic Temptations of Medieval Nominalism ed. Gyula Klima and Alexander W. Hall Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, vol. 9, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011 pp. 137-147.
  • “Cartesian Unions” Midwest Studies In Philosophy December, 2011, pp. 223-239
  • “Validity Now and Then.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 41.5 (2011): 19-30
  • “Primitive Intentionality and Reduced Intentionality: Ockham’s Legacy” in Questio 10//2010  pp. 255-267.
  • “Fool’s Good and Other Issues: Comments on Self-knowledge and Resentment” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 81 no.3 Nov. 2010 pp. 766-772.
  • “Fischer’s Reasons”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 80, no. 1 Jan, 2010, pp, 259-266 (first published online Dec. 27, 2009)
  • “Ockham on Parts and Wholes”. The Journal of Philosophy vol 103 no. 12 Dec. 2007. (Special issue on Parts and Wholes ed. Wolfgang Mann and Achille Varzi)
  • “What is to be Done in the History of Philosophy” Topoi, vol. 25, 2006 pp. 75-82.
  • Anselm and Ockham – Picking and ChoosingSeminarios De Filosofia Vol. 10, 1997,  pp.165-182.
  • “Picking and Choosing; Anselm and Ockham on Choice”  Vivrium, 36, no.1 March 1998, pp.23-39.
  • “Material Supposition and the Structure of Ockham’s Mental Language”, Topoi, 16, no.1. March 1997, pp. 27-33.
  • “Who Was Condemned in 1277”, The  Modern Schoolman, 72, (Jan.1995) pp.273-281.
  • “Petrus Aureoli and his Contemporaries on Bivalence and Future Contingents”, Synthese, vol. 96 no. 1 ( July 1993) pp.83-93.
  • “Peter Abelard and the School of the Nominales”, Vivarium,  30 (1) May 1992,  pp. 80-96.
  • “The Necessity in Deduction: Cartesian Inference and its Medieval Background”,  Synthese,  95, No.3  Jan. 1993, pp. 437-454.
  • Edidin, C.G. Normore “Ockham on Prophecy” The International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion: 13, 1982, pp. 179-189.


  • “Likeness Stories” in The Language of Thought in Late Medieval Philosophy ed. J. Pelletier and M. Roques, Springer, 2017, pp. 81-94.
  • “Buridan on the Metaphysics of the Soul” in Questions on the Soul by John Buridan and Others ed. Gyula Klima, Springer, 2017, pp. 63-75.
  • “Ockham and the Foundations of Modality in the Fourteenth Century” in M. Cresswell, E. Mares and A. Rini (eds.), Logical Modalities Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016,  pp. 133–153.
  • “The Methodology of the History of Philosophy” in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology ed. Herman Cappelen, Tamar Szabo Gendler, and John Hawthorne , Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 27-48.
  • “Causa Sui: Awareness and Choice in the Constitution of the Self” In J. Kaukua, T. Ekenberg (eds.), Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Springer, 2016, pp. 91-107.
  • “Metaphysics in the Orbit of Islam” in Ahmed Alwishah and Josh Hayes ed. Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition. Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 177-199.
  • “Bits and Pieces in the History of Philosophy” (with Deborah J. Brown) in Arnold J, Cotnoir and Donald Baxter ed. Composition as Identity. Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 34-47.
  • “Buridanian Possibilities” in Logic and Language in the Middle Ages ed. J.L. Fink, H, Hansen and A.M. Mora- Márquez, Brill, 2012, pp. 389-402.
  • “Ockham on Being” in Categories of Being Essays on Metaphysics and Logic ed. Leila  Haaparanta and Heikki J. Koskinen, Oxford University Press 2012. pp. 78-98.
  • “Consent and the Principle of Fairness” in C. Favor, G. Gaus and J. Lamont ed. Essays on Philosophy, Politics and Economics Stanford University Press, 2010 pp. 225-242.
  • “Accidents and Modes” in R. Pasnau ed. Cambridge History of  Medieval Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2009, ch. 49 pp. 674-688.
  • “The End of Mental Language”  in Joel Biard ed. Le Langage Mental du Moyen Age À L’âge Classique, Peeters , 2009, pp. 293-307.
  • “Descartes and the Metaphysics of Extension” in Broughton and John Carriero eds. The Blackwell’s Companion to Descartes Blackwell’s, 2007, pp. 271-287.
  • “The Invention of Singular Thought” in Henrik Lagerlund ed. Forming the Mind. Springer, 2007, pp. 109-128.
  • “What Was Contingency?”  in  R. E. Houser  ed. Laudemus viros gloriosus: Essays in Honor of Armand Maurer. Notre Dame University Press, 2007, pp. 283-296.
  • “The Matter of Thought”  in   Henrik Lagerlund ed. Representation and Objects of Thought in Medieval Philosophy, 2007, pp. 117-133.
  • “Necessity ,Immutability and Descartes” in  Hirvonen, V.  Halopainen, T.J. and Tuominen, M. Mind and Modality:Studies in  “The History of Philosophy in Honor of Simo Knuuttila,” Brill, 2006, pp. 257-284.
  • “Who is Peter Abelard?” in Autobiography as Philosophy ed. Thomas Mathien   Routledge,  2006 pp 64-76.
  • “Abelard’s Stoicism and its Consequences “ in  Stoicism: Traditions and Transformations ed. S. Strange and J. Zupko Cambridge University Press, 2004  pp 132-147.
  • “Burge, Descartes and Us”  in  Reflections and Replies: Essays on the Philosophy of Tyler Burge ed. M. Hahn and B. Ramberg. MIT Press, 2003 pp. 1-14.
  • “Duns Scotus’s Modal Theory” in Thomas Williams ed. The Cambridge Companion to Scotus , Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 129-160.
  • “Traces of the Body: Descartes on the Passions” with D. J. Brown in B. Williston and A. Gombay eds. Passion and Virtue in Descartes. Humanity Books, 2003. pp. 83-106.
  • “Goodness and Rational Choice in the Early Middle Ages” in Henrik Lagerlund and Mikko Yrjonsuuri eds. Emotions and Choice from Boethius to Descartes. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2002, pp. 29-47.
  • “Some Aspects of Ockham’s Logic” in  P.V. Spade (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ockham, University Press, 1999, pp.31-52.
  • “Scotus, Modality, Instants of Nature and the Contingency of the Present” in L. Honnefelder, R. Wood and M. Dreyer (ed.) John Duns Scotus: Metaphysics and Ethics  Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1996.
  • “Ockham on Self-Motion and the Will”, M.-L. Gill and J. Lennox (eds.) Self-Motion, Princeton  U.P. 1994.
  • “Medieval Connectives and Hellenistic Connections”, The Influence of Stoicism and Epicureanism, ed. M.J. Osler, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • “Descartes’s Possibilities”, Rene Descartes: Critical Assessments G.J.D. Moyal, Routledge, 1991 vol. II, p.68-84.
  • “Ockham on the Logic and Physics of Time”, Proceedings  of the Fifth International Congress of the S.I.E.P.M.,1990.
  • “Ockham on Mental Language”, J. C. Smith ed. The Historical  Foundations  of Cognitive  Science, Kluwer, 1990.
  • “Doxology and the History of Philosophy”, Canadian Philosophers David Copp Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume 16, 1990 , pp 203-226.
  • “The Tradition of Mediaeval Nominalism”, Studies in Medieval Philosophy, ed. J. Wippel, Catholic University of America Press, 1987, pp. 201-217.
  • “Meaning and Objective Being: Descartes and His Sources”, Essays on Descartes’ Meditations, ed.  A.O. Rorty , University of California Press, 1986, pp. 223-242.
  • “Divine Omniscience, Omnipotence and Future Contingents: an overview” in Divine Omniscience, and Future Contingents, ed. T. Rudavsky, Reidel, 1985.
  • “Buridan’s Ontology” How Things Are, ed. James Bogen and J.E. McGuire, Reidel,1985 pp 189-204.
  • “Future Contingents” in The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy, ed. A. Kenny, N. Kretzmann, J, Pinborg, Cambridge in edited University Press, 1982, pp. 358-381.
  • “Walter Burley on Continuity” in Infinity and Atomism in Ancient and Medieval Thought, N. Kretzmann, Cornell University Press, 1982.


  • Invited Commentary, “Form, Matter and Nominalism (or What is in a Name): Comments on Robert Pasnau’s “Metaphysical Themes”” Philosophical Studies: 2013 pp. 1-9.
  • Presidential Address, “Freedom, Contingency and Rational Power”. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, vol. 81, issue 2. , Nov. 2007, pp. 49-64.
  • CD, Descartes:  Oeuvres Completès editor in chief  A.Gombay, assisted  by C.G. Normore, R, Keen and R. Watkins. Intelex 2001.
  • Note, “David Savan: In Memoriam”, The Rule of Reason: The Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce ed. J. Brunning and P. Forster., University of Toronto Press, 1997.
  • Transk, Barney, Stephen; Lewis, Wendy; Normore, C.G. and Parsons, T (trans.) “On the Properties of Discourse”: A translation of  “Tractatus de Proprietatibus Sermonum” (Author Anonymous). Topoi 16, no. 1 March 1997, pp. 77-93.
  • Review Article, “Contemporary Work in The Philosophy of Law”, J. Canfield (ed.) The Routledge  Encyclopedia of Contemporary Philosophy, 1996  pp 342-363.
  • Book Review, Review of Georg Crowder  Classical Anarchism ,Oxford University Press 1992 in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 1994.
  • Precis, “Realism and the Lowenheim -Skolem Theorem”, The Dalhousie Review, 1985.
  • Book Review, Review of L. Haworth, Decadence and Objectivity, University of Toronto Press, 1979 in Dialogue, Sept. 1984.
  • Abstract, “Aquinas, Compatibilism, and Foreknowledge”, The Journal of Philosophy. 1983.
  • Review Article, J. King-Farlow and C.G. Normore “Anglophone Canadian Philosophy Since 1945” Handbook of World Philosophy Contemporary Developments Since 1945. ed. R. Burr, Greenwood Press, 1981, pp. 331-342.
  • Edited Book, F.J. Pelletier and C.G. Normore. New Essays in Philosophy of Language, Canadian Academic Publishers Press, Guelph, 1981.
  • Book Review, Critical notice of R. Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia, Basic Books, 1974 in Canadian Journal of  Philosophy, vol. 7, no.1, March 1977, pp.187-20.