Distinction and Identity in Late-Scholastic Thought and Beyond

May 15, 2023 - May 17, 2023
Institut supérieur de Philosophie, UCLouvain

Salle Ladrière, Collège Mercier, Place Cardinal Mercier 14


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Université Catholique de Louvain
École Normale Supérieure
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Humboldt University, Berlin
Universidade Federal da Bahia
University Of South Bohemia
Charles University, Prague
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Université Paris-Sorbonne
University of Notre Dame


Université Catholique de Louvain
Université Paris-Sorbonne

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This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different strands of Late-Medieval and Early-Modern thought. Its broader focus is on the general variety of distinctions (formal, modal, rational, real, etc.) throughout this period’s metaphysics. Special attention will be paid to the Scotist tradition where the genre of “Formalist treatises” flourished, a literature that had Scotist identity and distinction theory as its subject matter. The conference explores this special kind of literature and demonstrates the centrality of its doctrines in various philosophical and theological contexts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century.

The conference is a part of the MSCA project FORMALITAS

Funded by the European Union

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