Bernadette Preben-Hansen




Copenhagen, Denmark


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Qui ne sait se borner ne sut jamais écrire. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art poétique 1674



Scientia est nobilis animi possessio, quae distributa recipit incrementum et avarum dedignatur possessorem. Nisi enim publicetur et multiplicetur, elabitur.

Johannes Dacus, Divisio Scientiarum c. 1280




"Nam etiam illa barbaria, quae trans oceanum habitat <in Oxford>, in illam <dialecticam> impetum fecit. At quae gentes, dii boni? Quorum etiam nomina perhorresco: Farabrich <Richard Ferrybridge †after 1367>, Buser <William Buser of Heusden †after 1413>, Occam <William Ockham †1347>, Suisset <Roger Swineshead †1365?>, aliique eiusmodi, qui omnes mihi videntur a rhadamantis cohorte traxisse cognomina. Et quid est (...) inquam, in dialectica quod non britannicis sophismatibus conturbatum sit?"


Leonardo Bruni. Ad Petrum Paulum Histrum dialogus. In: Prosatori latini del Quattrocento. Milano 1952, 58-60. So, why did Bruni complain so much ... ?

Bernadette Preben-Hansen

Birth name: Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen

Copenhagen (Vesterbro), Denmark




Filolog, født 1967 (Charlottenlund)

1994, kandidat (latin), Københavns Universitet

1999-2001, ph.d. stipendiat (skolastik) ved Groningen Universitet, Nederlandene

2004-2017, universitetsstudier i historie, filosofihistorie og russisk: Tysklands, Ruslands, USSRs, Polens og Baltikums historie






22-1-2017, application for a PhD fellowship to finish my book on The Danish Aid to POWs in Russia 1917-1920

Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen


17-2-2017, application to work on John Dumbleton's Summa Logicae, Oxford Logic 14C. Theories of Paradox in Fourteenth-Century Logic: Edition and Translation of Key Texts Scotland: St. Andrews





Philologist (Latin), Danish, born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Educated at the University of Copenhagen (The Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology / Institute of Greek and Latin, MA 1994). Studies at Groningen University, COMERS, the Netherlands, as PhD fellow (student) 1999-2001: John Buridan †1360 and Buridanism at the Central European Universities 1350-1420 (unfinished)


I have been working on sophismata and on selected commentaries on Aristotle's Physics. Currently (2017), I am carrying out the substantial updating of the E. P. Bos / L. M. de Rijk Database. Leiden: Medieval Logical Manuscripts (around 10.000 entries). My travels in Europe (my conferences, my research libraries, our manuscripts Latin Logic)


In Denmark, one candidate is allowed, only. The second candidate is not allowed. This remains problematic to me (2017). 25-6-1999, I was notified by the University of Copenhagen that I would not be permitted to defend my PhD thesis there (Dorrit Wivel & Kirsten Stenbjerre, 25-6-1999). Sten Ebbesen is legally incompetent (the Dean 1994, Rector 1999).The 1990s were not ready for female and Danish-born students and researchers in Latin Scholasticism at the University of Copenhagen




MY BOOK MANUSCRIPTS in progress 2017

Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-1920 (200 pages)

The Danish Aid to POWs in Russia 1917-1920 (30 pages)


Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa (150 pages)

Harald Scavenius: A Danish Diplomat in Europe (30 pages)


In the Footsteps of Jean Buridan (3-4 articles): Henry Totting of Oyta †1397 (no Buridanist), Roger of Roermond †1409, Blasius of Parma †1416 (no Buridanist), Frederick of Nuremberg †1464


The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sea around Denmark





Speaking: Danish (native), English, Dutch, some German

Reading (modern languages): the above plus French, Italian, and some elementary Russian

Reading (classical languages): Latin, some Classical Greek, some Biblical Hebrew

THE SAXO LIBRAY Greek and Latin - sine qua non!



"Science, scholarship and books go together. Without books no science or scholarship" Sten Ebbesen. The Danes, science, scholarship, and books in the Middle Ages. Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval book culture in Denmark (ed. Erik Petersen). Copenhagen 1999 (87-7023-396-9), 119


"The work on this book has been performed in the Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology under the University of Copenhagen. Had I not got the chance to work there, I could never have written it" (Niels Jørgen Green-Pedersen). The Tradition of the Topics in the Middle Ages, The Commentaries on Aristotle’s and Boethius’ Topics. München 1984 (3-88 405-046-X), 9

2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me a personal library & microfilm permission: The SAXO Library, Greek and Latin – at the Royal Library of Copenhagen; confirmed by the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (2011), and effectuated by the University of Copenhagen (2015)




Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, b. 1967, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999): 2011-2405-7510, 2010-5151-7011 / February 17, 2011 (my library-permission confirmed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark)/ 2010-0681-7012, 2008-2217-701, 2007-2118-701, 2006-2287-712, 2006-2023-712, 2005-1794-712, 2004-2695-712; Danish University and Property Agency: 06-010590; Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation: 42 137; Danish Ministry of Education 2000-2726-276 (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, contra Dorrit Wivel 1999). University of Copenhagen, Personale og Jura: 715-861-3/99 (Dorrit Wivel). Faculty of Humanities: 605-0019/11-4550, 605-0017/11-4550, 605-0001/06-7710, 605-0001/06-4550, 401-221-149/97-4261 (Sten Ebbesen, b. 1946)

Skolevej 20, 2820 Gentofte. August 1991 (the relation was his initiative, 15-12-1989, at the University of Copenhagen; engagement, 14-3-1991; cohabitation 1991)


Our engagement was strongly opposed by Hannah Krogh Hansen, the Department secretary

My opponents: Kirsten Stenbjerre, Dorrit Wivel (University of Copenhagen)