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Workshop on Theories of Paradox in the Middle Ages

April 29 - April 30

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Giorgione, Three Philosophers

Paradoxes seized the attention of logicians in the middle ages, and were used both as tests for the viability of theories of logic, language, epistemology, and possibly every philosophical issue, and also in the specific genre of insolubles as needing a theoretical solution, usually involving issues about signification, truth, knowledge and modality. Numerous theories were developed, not only in the Latin West, but also in the Islamic world and in the Byzantine tradition. Some of these theories are well known, others barely investigated, if at all. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss and contrast a range of these theories and consider their advantages and drawbacks, and their relation to more recent theories of paradox and antinomy. It will also be an occasion to hear and discuss what has been achieved locally in the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Theories of Paradox in Fourteenth-Century Logic: Edition and Translation of Key Texts‘.

Main Speakers

Jennifer Ashworth (Professor Emerita, University of Waterloo, Canada)
Barbara Bartocci (Research Fellow, Arché Research Centre)
Harald Berger (Associate Professor, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria)
Alessandro Conti (Professor, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italy)
Miroslav Hanke (Research Fellow, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Stephen Read (Professor Emeritus, Arché Research Centre)

Call for Papers

We invite contributions focusing on the solution to logical, epistemic and similar paradoxes elaborated by philosophers and logicians in the Middle Ages. Accepted presentations will be allotted one hour in the programme to include time for questions. We warmly encourage submissions and/or attendance by members of groups under-represented in academic philosophy.

To submit your contribution for consideration, please send an abstract (around 500 words) along with a short CV (max. 1 page) and your contact details (academic affiliation and e-mail)  to the organisers Professor Stephen Read and Dr Barbara Bartocci at bb66@st-andrews.ac.uk. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 1, 2020. Notification concerning the acceptance of abstracts will be provided to corresponding authors by February 24, 2020.

Presenters should arrange their own conference travel and accommodation and register for the conference.


Registration is £10 (free for members of the Scots Philosophical Association, of the British Society for History of Philosophy, and for students); lunch each day is £15 per person; and dinner each evening is £29 without wine, £35 with wine. Registration is now open at University of St Andrews Online Shop. Registration will close on Tuesday 21 April at 5 pm.


We are also able to offer a small number of bursaries for selected speakers with limited institutional budgets and graduate students who wish to attend. The bursaries cover registration fee, accommodation and meals during the workshop. To apply for a bursary, please submit an application with a short CV and if you are a student, a supporting letter from your supervisor, by February 1, 2020 to Dr Bartocci at bb66@st-andrews.ac.uk. We propose to make decisions on bursaries by February 24, 2020.


Through the generosity of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and in order to guarantee a demographically diverse participation we are able to offer financial assistance with childcare during the Workshop. Please email Dr Barbara Bartocci (bb66@st-andrews.ac.uk) with details of the childcare needed.

We are grateful to the University of St Andrews, via the Arché Research Centre, to the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and to the Scots Philosophical Association for financial support.

Scots Philosophical Association


April 29
April 30


Stephen Read
Barbara Bartocci


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