UTCMP 2018

by Willie Costello .

University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy 2018

Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22, 2018

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 21

Session I (4:30 – 6:30)

Chair: Peter Eardley (University of Guelph)

Christopher Martin (University of Auckland): “Only God Can Make A Tree: Abaelard on Wholes and Parts and Some Evidence of His Later Thinking About Them.”

Commentator: Jeffrey Brower (Purdue University)

Saturday, September 22

Session II (10:00 – 12:00)

Chair: Kara Richardson (Syracuse University)

Riccardo Strobino (Tufts University): “Avicenna’s Account of Conditionals and the Logic of Scientific Discourse”

Commentator: Asad Q. Ahmed (University of California, Berkeley)

Session III (2:00 – 4:00)

Chair: Matthieu Remacle (University of Toronto)

Michael Fatigati (University of Toronto): “Avicenna on Uniquely Human Emotions”

Daniel Simpson (St. Louis University): “Naturally Apt For One Another: Ockham on the Nature of Causal Linkage”

Aline Medeiros Ramos (Université du Québéc à Montréal/Université du Québéc à Trois-Rivières): “The Status of Prudence in Buridan’s Ethics

Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)

Chair: Claude Panaccio (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Irène Rosier-Catach (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris): “The ‘Linguistic Turn’ of Medieval Logic in the Early XIIth Century”

Commentator: Andrew Arlig (Brooklyn College)


All sessions are free and open to the public and will be held in Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building.

Organized by Martin Pickavé, Deborah Black, and Peter King.

CPAMP welcomes new faculty members & postdoc

by Willie Costello .

As the 2018 academic year begins, CPAMP is pleased to welcome two new members into the ranks of our faculty, Professors Jessica Gelber and Christian Pfeiffer, as well as a new post-doctoral fellow, Willie Costello.

Jessica Gelber, who takes up her position this fall, is a Berkeley Ph.D. (2010) with interests centring on Aristotle’s natural philosophy and metaphysics, about which she has published a wide range of articles. She joins us after serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Syracuse and the University of Pittsburgh.

Christian Pfeiffer, who will be joining us in the spring term, earned his doctorate at the Humboldt Universität of Berlin. He comes to Toronto after serving as a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and as a visiting professor at the Humboldt Universität. His interests centre on Aristotle’s metaphysics and natural philosophy, about which he has published a wide range of articles and a monograph, Aristotle’s Theory of Bodies (Oxford 2018).

Willie Costello is a Toronto Ph.D. (2015) with interests centring on Plato and ancient metaphysics. He joins us following a stint as post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, in their Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities.

In addition, James Allen will be serving as CPAMP’s new director for the 2018 academic year. His contact information can be found on our “Contact Us” page.

Congratulations to Marion Durand!

by Mark Gatten .

Congratulations to Dr. Marion Durand for the successful defense (June 2018) of her PhD thesis, “Language and Reality: Stoic Semantics Reconstructed”, in the classics department. The members of her committee were Brad Inwood (supervisor), James Allen, Rachel Barney, and Gurpreet Rattan. Marion is currently a lecturer in the classics department at the University of Toronto. See her website for more information on her current research and teaching: https://marionodurand.wixsite.com/info

Congratulations to Bryan Reece!

by Mark Gatten .

Congratulations to recent CPAMP graduate, Bryan Reece, who will begin a one year fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. this fall. During his fellowship, he will be  working on a monograph called Aristotle on Happiness, Virtue, and Wisdom. Be sure also to keep an eye out for his many forthcoming publications:  ‘Are There Really Two Kinds of Happiness in Aristotle’s Ethics?’, forthcoming in Classical Philology,  ‘Aristotle’s Four Causes of Action’, forthcoming in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and ‘Out of Thin Air? Diogenes of Apollonia on Causal Explanation’, to be published in an edited volume entitled Heat, Pneuma, and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science: From the Presocratics to Aristotle, by Cambridge University Press.

Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy March 30th-31st

by Mark Gatten .

This is the tenth Annual Toronto Workshop in Ancient Philosophy (ATWAP). The theme for this year’s workshop is ‘New Approaches to the Presocratics’.  All sessions will be held in Room 100, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George St. Toronto. For more details, see the ATWAP page or the Events page.

A New Translation of the Enneads by Plotinus, edited by Prof. Lloyd Gerson

by Mark Gatten .

Professor Gerson, working with a team of scholars, served as editor and contributing translator for the first complete edition of the Enneads in English in over 75 years. The other translators were George Boys-Stones (University of Durham), John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin), R. A. H. King (Universität Bern, Switzerland), Andrew Smith (University College Dublin), and James Wilberding (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany). The new edition was based on the best available text, the editio minor of Henry and Schwyzer and its corrections. The volume was published by Cambridge University Press in December, 2017.

Congratulations to Jacob Stump!

by Mark Gatten .

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Stump, for the successful defense (June 2017) of his PhD thesis, “Socratic Method and Moral Motivation”, in the philosophy department. The members of his committee were Rachel Barney (supervisor), Brad Inwood, James Allen, and Tom Hurka. Jacob is currently a lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Toronto. See his website for more information on his current teaching and research: http://www.jacobstump.com/

UTCMP 2017

by Willie Costello .

University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy 2017

Conference Schedule


Session I (4:30 – 6:30)
Chair: Charles Brittain (University of Toronto)
Speaker: Jorge Gracia (SUNY Buffalo): “Individuation and the Realism/Nominalism Dilemma: The Case of the Middle Ages”
Commentator: Richard Cross (University of Notre Dame)


Session II (10:00 – 12:00) 
Chair: Jeannie Miller (University of Toronto)
Speaker: Richard Taylor (Marquette University): “Averroes on the Attainment of Happiness”
Commentator: Stephen Ogden (The Catholic University of America)

Session III (2:00 – 4:00)
Chair: Simona Vucu (University of Toronto)
Nicholas Oschman (Marquette University): “Two Philosophical Critiques of Prophecy: Abū Bakr al-Rāzī and Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī on the Pre-Eminence of Natural Reason”
Francesco Pica (University of Toronto): “Getting at Reality: John Duns Scotus on Mind and the World”
Deni Gamboa (UNAM Mexico City): “William of Ockham on Introspective Cognition of Intuitive Acts’ Content and Likeness”

Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)
Chair: Stephen Dumont (University of Notre Dame)
Thomas Williams (University of South Florida): “Can Anselm Have Everything He Wants?”
Commentator: Giorgio Pini (Fordham University)

All sessions will be held in the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George St.), Room 100.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Registration and inquiries: medieval.philosophy@utoronto.ca.

Organizers: Deborah Black, Peter King, Martin Pickave

Sidney Robinson Prize in Ancient Philosophy Winners

by Mark Gatten .

Congratulations to the two winners of the first annual Sidney Robinson Essay Prize in Ancient Philosophy: Bryan Reece, for ‘Aristotle’s Four Causes of Action’, and Matthieu Remacle, for ’The Stoics on Cases’!