The European Symposia on

Medieval Logic and Semantics, ESMLS




XXII. Düsseldorf 2018. Language, Thought, and Reality: The Continental and British Traditions of Medieval Logic Revisited. Christoph Kann, Christian Rode.

Düsseldorf. June 25-29, 2018: Haus der Universität


XXIInd ESMLS in Düsseldorf - provisional program



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)




abstractiones, ampliationes, appellationes, chimeras, conclusiones, confusiones, consequences, distributiones, enuntiabilia, exceptivae, exclusivae, exponibilia, fallaciae, future contingents, insolubles, modales, obligationes, relativae, restrictiones, sophismata, suppositiones, syncategoreumata, the syllogism, de maximo et minimo, de incipit et desinit, de primo et ultimo instanti. medieval theories of analogy


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XXI. Pisa 2016. Parts and Wholes in Medieval Logic and Grammar Massimo Mugnai, Fabrizio Amerini, Riccardo Strobino. Scuola Normale Superiore



XX. Cambridge 2014. Relations in the Medieval Traditions of Logic and Metaphysics ed. John Marenbon. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 2016 (24/3)



XIX. 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 (8-2-503-56735-8) the programme



XVIII. Bologna 2010. Pragmatic Approaches to Language During the Middle Ages IX-XIV Century, ed. Costantino Marmo. Vivarium 2011 (49)



XVII. Leiden 2008. Medieval Supposition Theory Revisited ed. Egbert Peter Bos, et aliae. Leiden: Brill 2013, or: Vivarium 2013 (51)



XVI. 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)



XV. Cambridge 2004. The Traditions of Ancient Logic in the Middle Ages ed. John Marenbon. Vivarium 2007 (45)



XIV. Rome 2002. Medieval Theories on Assertive and non-Assertive Language ed. Alfonso Maierù, Luisa Valente. Lessico Intellettuale Europeo 97. Firenze: Olschki 2004 (88-222-5377-9)



XIII. Avignon 2000. La Tradition Médiévale des Catégories XIIe-XVe siècles, ed. Joël Biard, Irène Rosier-Catach. Philosophes médiévaux 45. Louvain: Peeters 2003 (90-429-1335-5)



XII. Pamplona 1997. Medieval and Renaissance Logic in Spain ed. Ignacio Angelelli, Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe. Philosophische Texte und Studien 54. Hildesheim: Olms 2000 (3-487-11135-7)



XI. 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 (2-503-50563-5)



X. 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 (978-90-70419-42-4)



IX. St Andrews 1990. Sophisms in Medieval Logic and Grammar ed. Stephen Read. Nijhoff International Philosophy Series 48. Dordrecht: Kluwer 1993. Springer (978-94-011-1767-8)



VIII. Freiburg am Breisgau 1988. Argumentationstheorie Scholastische Forschungen zu den logischen und semantischen Regeln korrekten Folgerns, ed. Klaus Jacobi. Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters 38. Leiden: Brill 1993 (90-04-09822-4)



VII. 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 (88-7088-173-3)



VI. 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)



V. 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)



IV. 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 (90-70419-02-5)



III. Copenhagen 1975. The Logic of John Buridan, ed. Jan Pinborg. Opuscula Graecolatina 9. Supplementa Musei Tusculani. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum 1976



II. Leiden, Nijmegen, Utrecht. The papers appeared in various journals



I. 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






Logica moderna og parva logicalia

The analytical languages of the 14C

The genres of the logica moderna























De maximo et minimo

De incipit et desinit

De primo et ultimo instanti




#Logical Textbooks at the Medieval Schools and Universities


The Tractatus by Peter of Spain (ed. de Rijk 1972):

De introductionibus (Aristotle’s Perihermenias),

De praedicabilibus (Porphyry’s Isagoge),

De praedicamentis (Aristotle’s Categories),

De sillogismis (Aristotle’s Analytica Priora),

De locis (Aristotle’s Topica),

De suppositionibus (Logica moderna),

De fallaciis (Aristotle’s Sophistici Elenchi),

De relativis (Logica moderna),

De ampliationibus (Logica moderna),

De appellationibus (Logica moderna),

De restrictionibus (Logica moderna),

De distributionibus (Logica moderna)


The Summulae by Jean Buridan (†1360):

De introductionibus (ed. Lecq),

Summulae de praedicabilibus (ed. de Rijk, 1995),

Summulae in praedicamenta (ed. Bos, 1994),

Summulae de suppositionibus (ed. Lecq, 1998),

Questiones elencorum (ed. Lecq & Braakhuis, 1994),

De Sophismatibus (ed. Pironet),

Klima 2001 (English translation of Buridan’s Summulae)


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