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 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 over Ferrybridge?

Bernadette Preben Hansen

Birth name: Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen (unmarried)





Filolog, født 1967 (Charlottenlund). Kandidat i latinsk middelalderfilologi fra Københavns Universitet 1994. Ph.d. stipendiat i skolastik ved Groningen Universitet, Nederlandene 1999-2001. Universitetsstudier i primært historie: Tysklands, Ruslands, Sovjetunionens, Polens og Baltikums historie, politik og militærhistorie, historisk kildekritik og palæografi, den latinske katolske og den russiske ortodokse kirkehistorie, reformationshistorie i Europa, Københavns Universitets historie, filosofihistorie i skolastik og oplysningstid, samt nederlandsk grammatik og sprogfærdighed. Har på dansk publiceret om dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland og Sibirien 1917-1920. The Danish Aid to POWs in Soviet Russia and Siberia 1917-1920. Interested in Philosophy and History of Learning




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 Ubbo Emmius Bursaal 1999-2001: John Buridan †1360 and Buridanism at the Central European Universities 1350-1420. I have been working on Sophismata and on selected commentaries on Aristotle's Physics. Currently (summer 2016), 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)



Spoken languages: Danish (native), English (fluent), Dutch/Nederlands (good), German (all right)

Reading: the spoken languages, Latin, French and Italian


Knowledge of: Ancient Greek, Bible Hebrew, Russian, Latin Palaeography (13C and 14C philosophical manuscripts), History of Medieval Philosophy, 20th Century European History, History of Germany, Russia, USSR and the Baltics, History of Literature and Poetry.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sea around Denmark







I. to see my two small books (or very large articles) published in Danish:

Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-20

Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa


II. to defend my PhD, in English

Of the same reason, I am travelling in Europe


III. To do some Latin editions of small pieces of Oxford Logic, 13C and 14C. John Dumbleton, Thomas Wyk, and many others


IV. To defend my dr.phil. at the University of Copenhagen, my home-university






My PhD can not be defended in Copenhagen (since 25-6-1999, due to professor Sten Ebbesen: private relation on his spontaneus and unexspected intitiative (unsolicited): 15-12-1989, 22:30; engagement for marriage: 14-3-1991; cohabitation, with Marie Delgado Ebbesen (b. 1972), Skolevej 20, DK-2820 Gentofte: 1991. (Marie Delgado Ebbesen is today a specialist of social exclusion. We were both too unsecure to deal with our awkward social situation 1991). I was a project, and within a few days a failed project. No need to talk to or with a failed project


Our engagement and my person was strongly opposed by the Department secretary Hannah Krogh Hansen: 1990s, 2011. (Hannah Krogh Hansen left duty 2004). I was harrased at our institute 1990s (since 1990). He refused every communication 1992/93, and ever since. My exams were blocked 1994 (Sten Ebbesen). Sten Ebbesen, being the director of our institute 1990s, did show no responsibility at the University of Copenhagen; on the contrary Sten Ebbesen (Hannah Krogh Hansen?) raised a university case 1994-99, against the undergraduate student, i. e. his former pupil and partner


My opponents (University of Copenhagen): Kirsten Stenbjerre (Faculty of Humanities), Dorrit Wivel (rectors office) in perpetuo


University of Copenhagen: 1994-99, 1999-2016, relegatio in perpetuo (25-6-1999). ALL ACTS ARE PUBLIC (Kirsten Stenbjerre asked me to “burn the acts” 2000, and Dorrit Wivel remains refusing me access to documents since 2000)


Mentioning neither name nor source Dorrit Wivel copypasted sentences, authored by Sten Ebbesen 1999. Dorrit Wivel declared these sentences for so-called facts 1999. She presented the facts to rector 1999. "It is easier to copy from an already existing report", Dorrit Wivel later explained 2000. More to most sentences were untrue 1999. The author (Sten Ebbesen) is declared legally disqualified 1994 (Faculty of Humanities, the dean)


Dorrit Wivel held a meeting (face to face) with the Professor (June 1999), but never met the student. They were incriminating the student, who was unable to recognise more and more claims 1999 (some were de facto and realiter impossible). I lost every respect for the uncritical copy-paster: Dorrit Wivel



In 2001, I was able to document one sentence as evidently false

In 2001, the case went into the Danish Ministry of Education, to my favour

In 2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me personal permission to consult the SAXO Library Greek and Latin - at the Royal Library of Copenhagen

In 2011, the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed my library permission

In 2015, the University of Copenhagen - finally - effectuated my library permission in practice

However, Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access to our microfilms (Hanne Møller, 2015)

In 2016, I am still fighting with Dorrit Wivel, refusing every pardon (2014) for an unhappy engagement (1990-91, being none of my initiative, but) with severe permanent consequences for me at the University of Copenhagen (1994-1999 to 2016). Dorrit Wivel claims that in perpetuo means: in perpetuo. I don’t understand the rationality, if any, behind her decision (1999, 2014). I simply don't understand: why? and for what?



I have no problem being in the same room as Sten Ebbesen (I did love him once). We are present in a peaceful coexistence at symposia and conferences in our common world 2000s, 2010s. We do not communicate


I am present for MY research, for MY life, and for MY future





THE SAXO LIBRAY, Greek and Latin


"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






The Parliamentary Ombudsman in Denmark (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, against Dorrit Wivel. Mentioning neither source nor name, Dorrit Wivel in 1999 copy pasted statements by Sten Ebbesen word to word (he is declared disqualified 1994). Wivel declared the statements for facts, 1999. I denied. "It is easier to copy paste, and these statements are facts, no matter the author is declared disqualified", Wivel wrote. One statement was later documented to be false, 2001): 2011-2405-7510, 2010-5151-7011 / February 17, 2011 / 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. An Inventory of Microfilms in the Collection of Latin Medieval Scholastic Manuscripts, Copenhagen; University of Copenhagen, Personale og Jura: 715-861-3/99 (Bernadette Preben-Hansen, b. 1967): June 25, 1999: Disciplinary Measures towards Students at the University of Copenhagen, at the request of Hannah Krogh Hansen/Sten Ebbesen 1994-99 (sic!): Hannah Krogh Hansen 1990-99, 2011 (strongly opposing our engagement and my person); Kirsten Stenbjerre 1996-99; Dorrit Wivel 1999-2016; Ulf Hedetoft 2011 (at the request of Hannah Krogh Hansen?). 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). Sten Ebbesen is declared disqualified (1994) by the Dean (John Kuhlmann Madsen). Engagement (with Sten Ebbesen): 14-3-1991 (initiative by Sten Ebbesen: 15-12-1989). Cohabitation (with Sten Ebbesen): 1991.


AKTINDSIGT: umiddelbar tilgængelighed, jf. Bernadette Preben-Hansen. ALL DOCUMENTS ARE PUBLIC


Engagement (Sten Ebbesen): 14-3-1991 (since 15-12-1989, his initiative, spontaneuos). Sten Ebbesen is declared disqualified: the Dean 1994, Rector 1999.


In 1993, Sten Ebbesen refused me working access to our scientific library: The SAXO Library, Greek and Latin, to the project: Aristotle's Rhetoric in Latin Scholasticism

In 2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me personal permission to consult the SAXO Library Greek and Latin - at the Royal Library of Copenhagen.

In 2011, the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed my library permission.

In 2015, the University of Copenhagen - finally - effectuated my library permission in practice.

However, Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access to our microfilms (2015).

Thomas Dewender and I (friends since 1993)

Bonn 2007