CFP: History of Logic and its modern Interpretation

Submission deadline: November 2, 2020

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The call for papers has been extended to January 31, 2021

We’re pleased to announce a CfP for the edited volume “History of Logic and its modern Interpretation”.

Editors: Jens Lemanski (FernUniversität in Hagen) and Ingolf Max (Universität Leipzig).

With the rise of early 20th century logic, the history of logic was long regarded as an outdated discipline that could no longer contribute to current developments and ideas. The gap between traditional syllogistics and the mathematical or philosophical logic of the early 20th century looked too wide. Some authors simply divided the history of their discipline into two areas: the old and the new logic.

In recent decades, however, researchers have often shown that there are old logics with enormous potential: numerous modern systems in the field of visual reasoning are based on the Aristotelian square of opposition, on the arbor porphyriana or on Euler's logic diagrams. In Arabic logic the consequence relations show alternatives to modern approaches. Today, Indian logic is often associated with paraconsistency and dialetheism, and in the field of natural language processing, medieval logicians are increasingly used to circumvent the artificiality of many modern systems. In modal logic, Aristotelian and scholastic logics are again increasingly discussed. And in early modern period unique propositional calculi and extended syllogistics are discovered frequently, which pose challenges to interpretation. All this proves that `the old logic’ is still full of new ideas and that current research has to rethink how to rewrite the history of logic in modern terms.


Papers on all aspects of research in the history of logic and its modern interpretation are welcome. Papers are expected to have a historical reference and present a modern interpretation of it. Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible historical topics:

- Aristotelian Logic

- Stoic Logic

- Neoplatonic Logic

- Indian Logic/ Asian Logic

- Arabic Logic

- Medieval Logic

- (Early) Modern Logic

- 19th century Logic

- 20th century Logic

Modern interpretations are meant in the broadest sense, e.g. reassessment or further thinking of historical ideas, connection to modern debates etc. We also welcome submissions that address the methods, goal and purpose of writing history of logic today.

*Only PDF files will be accepted for review.

*Submissions must be prepared for blind-review.

*Please include a separate PDF file as a cover page with your name, the title of your submission, your current academic affiliation and your e-mail address.

*Please send your submissions to with subject “Submission HoLaMI”.

*Deadline: January 31, 2021

*If possible, use the LaTeX style ifcolog.cls. All other formats are also accepted for review.

Accepted papers will be included in the first volume of the new book series "Historia Logicae" published by College Publication. For further details see

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#Aristotelian Logic, #Stoic Logic, #Neoplatonic Logic, #Indian Logic/ Asian Logic, #Arabic Logic, #Medieval Logic, #(Early) Modern Logic, #19th century Logic, #20th century Logic