Workshop on Theories of Paradox in the Middle Ages

October 21, 2020 - October 22, 2020
Arché Research Centre, University of St Andrews

School II
North St.
St Andrews KY16 9AL
United Kingdom

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Main speakers:

E. Jennifer Ashworth
University of Waterloo
University of St. Andrews
University of Graz, Austria
Durham University
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
University of St. Andrews


University of St. Andrews
University of St. Andrews

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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


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

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