CFP: Proofs of Propositions in 14th-Century Logic

Submission deadline: January 16, 2017

Conference date(s):
May 23, 2017 - May 25, 2017

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Conference Venue:

Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews
St Andrews, United Kingdom

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Paul Spade famously complained in 2000 that four key components of late medieval logic were mysterious to modern scholars. Since then, much has been done to clarify two of them (obligations and supposition), but the other two (exposition and proofs of propositions) remain just as mysterious. The aim of this workshop is to reach a clearer understanding of the genre of 'proofs of propositions' (probationes propositionum) that came to characterize British logic in the second half of the 14th century. We would also welcome contributions that shed some light on the earlier theories of 'exposition' that were subsumed into this new genre.

Please submit abstracts of around 250 words to the organizers Mark Thakkar ( and Stephen Read by Monday 16 January 2017. We will notify you of the outcome by the end of January.

Each paper will standardly be allocated an hour including time for discussion. Our budget allows us to pay for meals during the conference and accommodation for three nights for up to four speakers. Please let us know how much institutional funding you have access to, so that, if necessary, we can allocate funding to the speakers who need it most.

Our invited speakers are Jennifer Ashworth, Harald Berger, Egbert Bos, Martin Dekarli, Ota Pavlícek and Joke Spruyt.

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