The History of Philosophy Research Cycle 2018-19


For its first year, our focus will be on the History of Logic and Language.  Among our goals is to explore the path by which logic came to have the character it now has, and to understand its historical connections with Mathematics and grammatical and semantic theory.  We will take an interdisciplinary approach throughout, taking advantage of the department’s traditional strengths in these areas, as well as of our connections with the Departments of Mathematics and Linguistics.

The following symposia and workshops are planned:

The fall will be dedicated to Ancient Philosophy, with a workshop on Aristotle’s De Anima, led by Sean Kelsey (Notre Dame), and followed by another workshop on the History of Theories of Definition.

Our focus will then shift to the philosophy of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, culminating in the first annual (Pan-) American Symposium on the History of Logic, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, 2019.  Up to 20 speakers are expected to participate in this event.

We will then turn our attention to the Early Modern period.  In addition to our regular, annual conference which focuses on this area, we will be presenting a workshop specifically about the work of Immanuel Kant.  Invited participants include Steven Engstrom (Pittsburgh), Dan Warren (Berkeley), Houston Smit (Arizona), Janelle Dewitt (UCLA) and our newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Tulipana, as well as a visit by Karen Detlefsen (Penn).


We are also planning week-long visits by leading specialists in these areas, as well as four or five colloquia by other visiting speakers.  So far, the following have agreed to come:

Christopher Martin (University of Auckland)
Christopher Martin has graciously accepted our invitation to be the distinguished-visitor-in-residence from October 15th – October 29th.  Professor Martin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, where he works on ancient and medieval semantics and medieval attempts to reconcile divine foreknowledge with human freedom.  More information about his research can be found here.

Rodrigo Guerizoli (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)


Rodrigo Guerizoli will be our distinguished-visitor-in-residence from November 1st through November 15th.  Professor Guerizoli is Associate Professor of Philosophy of the University of Rio de Janeiro and his written on the works of Buridan, Boethius, Duns Scotus and others.  More information about him can be found here.