Philosophy and the Academy

Philosophy and the Academy issues up to the minute reports and reflections on scholarship, recent projects, and interviews with scholars on theoretical and practical dimensions of doing history of medieval philosophy worldwide.

Logical Geometry and Aristotelian Diagrams: Interview with Lorenz Demey (June 2022)

Aristotelian diagrams are familiar to most students of logic, and to anyone who has studied history of logic in particular – from classical squares of opposition to more complex varieties such as octagons of opposition, diagrams have been used to study logical relations from antiquity through the Middle Ages and beyond. While they are an important part of the history of logic, do they also have contemporary relevance? Lorenz Demey (Leuven) argues that they do. In this interview, he introduces us to his studies on logical geometry – which comprises the study of Aristotelian diagrams – and argues that Aristotelian diagrams, in their variety of applications, merit consideration as independent objects of study from logical, philosophical and historical perspectives. We spoke about Lorenz’s trajectory leading up to his ERC project on logical geometry and Aristotelian diagrams, what they are and their contemporary relevance, the use of formal and mathematical tools in the history of logic, and much more.
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Argumentation as Practice: Interview with Ana María Mora-Márquez (May 2022)

In the first issue of Philosophy and the Academy we are delighted to have Ana María Mora-Márquez (University of Gothenburg) joining us. In this interview, she talks about the social and institutional context of ancient and medieval logic and argumentation theory, in connection with her research projects as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. The projects she leads aim at spotting pragmatic dimensions of Aristotelian dialectics – underpinning the significance of Aristotle’s Topics and its commentary tradition and its repercussions for the understanding of medieval science as a social endeavour. Additionally, she also spoke to us about communicating philosophy to broader audiences – in particular, to science experts who are non-philosophers – and gives advice to early career scholars on the ways of academia.
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Filosofía medieval en Argentina: Entrevista con Natalia Jakubecki (May 2022)

In this interview, Natalia Jakubecki (University of Buenos Aires) highlights both weaknesses and strengths of the academic system in Argentina and the “modus vivendi” of the academics that currently work there. Natalia also describes her academic path, philosophical interests, and research projects. In doing so, the interview engages with issues that concern all medievalists, if not all academics, such as the attitude of medieval studies in relation to positivist criticism, what “progress” means in science and philosophy, and the “Platonic” and “Aristotelian” approaches to our work.
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