The European Symposia on Medieval Logic and Semantics, ESMLS






For a long time, there was a discussion about a Paris/Oxford split as regards medieval logic. More recently, the perspective has widened and has become more fine-grained, for example in view of the developments in central Europe, Italy, and Spain. Now we should rather speak of a Continental and a British tradition. Are there authors or texts that belong to both traditions and that relativize this antagonism, either due to their biographies or concerning the doctrines of the authors? Which new thinkers have come to the fore who shed a fresh light on the Continental and British traditions? Can the widespread view be upheld that the early 14th century in Paris was mainly characterized by a modist tradition, whereas the terminist logic had England as its center? Is the reduction of ontological commitments that can be found for example in Ockham’s work really rooted in the British tradition, or is it typical of some parts of the continental tradition too? Which logical and semantical doctrines from the different traditions on the Continent and in Britain have particular implications for the theory of cognition and for ontology? Which aspects of the interplay between language, thought and reality challenge modern interpretations in sofar as they provoke a reassessment of the Continental-British dichotomy? And, more precisely, how are the topics of suppositio, appellatio, ampliatio and restrictio addressed? (the announcement, 18-7-2017)


the papers




Düsseldorf 2018

Language, Thought, and Reality: The Continental and British Traditions of Medieval Logic Revisited

Christoph Kann, Christian Rode


Pisa 2016

Parts and Wholes in Medieval Logic and Grammar

Massimo Mugnai, Fabrizio Amerini, Riccardo Strobino

Scuola Normale Superiore


Cambridge 2014

Relations in Medieval Philosophy

ed. Riccardo Strobino, John Marenbon


Geneve 2012

Formal approaches and Natural Language in Medieval Logic

ed. Laurent Cesalli, Frédéric Goubier, Alain de Libera. Textes et Etudes du Moyen Âge 82. Turnhout: Brepols 2016


the programme


Bologna 2010

Pragmatic Approaches to Language During the Middle Ages IX-XIV Century ed. Costantino Marmo. Vivarium 2011 (49)



Leiden 2008

Medieval Supposition Theory Revisited ed. Egbert Peter Bos, et aliae. Leiden: Brill 2013, or: Vivarium 2013 (51)



Udine 2006

The Theory of Fallacies and Its Use from Boethius to Paul of Venice ed. Andrea Tabarroni

The proceedings will never appear

(Sten Ebbesen, Cambridge 2014)


Cambridge 2004

The Traditions of Ancient Logic in the Middle Ages

ed. John Marenbon. Vivarium 2007 (45)



Rome 2002

Medieval Theories on Assertive and non-Assertive Language ed. Alfonso Maierù, Luisa Valente. Lessico Intellettuale Europeo 97. Firenze: Olschki 2004



Avignon 2000

La Tradition Médiévale des Catégories XIIe-XVe siècles ed. Joël Biard, Irène Rosier-Catach. Philosophes médiévaux 45. Louvain: Peeters 2003



Pamplona 1997

Medieval and Renaissance Logic in Spain ed. Ignacio Angelelli, Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe. Philosophische Texte und Studien 54. Hildesheim: Olms 2000



San Marino 1994

Vestigia, Imagines, Verba

Semiotics and Logic in Medieval Theological Texts XII-XIV Century ed. Costantino Marmo. Semiotic and Cognitive Studies 4. Turnhout: Brepols 1997



Leiden 1992

Aristotle's Peri Hermeneias in the Latin Middle Ages. Essays in the Commentary Tradition ed. Henk Braakhuis, Corneille Henri Kneepkens. Artistarium, Supplementa 10. Groningen: Ingenium 2003



St Andrews 1990

Sophisms in Medieval Logic and Grammar ed. Stephen Read. Nijhoff International Philosophy Series 48. Dordrecht: Kluwer 1993. Springer



Freiburg am Breisgau 1988


Scholastische Forschungen zu den logischen und semantischen Regeln korrekten Folgerns ed. Klaus Jacobi. Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters 38. Leiden: Brill 1993



Poitiers 1985

Gilbert de Poitiers et ses contemporains: Aux origines de la 'Logica modernorum' ed. Jean Jolivet, Alain de Libera. History of Logic 5. Napoli: Bibliopolis 1987



Oxford 1983

The Rise of British Logic ed. Osmund Lewry. Papers in Mediaeval Studies 7. Toronto: Pontifical Studies of Mediaeval Studies 1985

0-88844-807-4; 0228-8605


Rome 1980

English Logic in Italy in the 14th and 15th Centuries ed. Alfonso Maierù. History of Logic 1. Napoli: Bibliopolis 1982

88-7088-054-0; 88-7088-057-5


Leiden, Nijmegen 1979

English Logic and Semantics from the End of the Twelfth Century to the Time of Ockham and Burleigh ed. Henk Braakhuis, Corneille Henri Kneepkens, Lambert Marie De Rijk. Artistarium. Supplementa 1. Nijmegen: Ingenium 1981



Copenhagen 1975

The Logic of John Buridan ed. Jan Pinborg. Opuscula Graecolatina 9. Supplementa Musei Tusculani. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum 1976



Leiden, Nijmegen, Utrecht

The papers appeared in various journals



Warsaw 1973

A meeting in a café in Warsaw: Miecislaus Markowski, Jan Pinborg, Lambert Marie de Rijk.

This was the First European Symposia on Medieval Logic and Semantics