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.

Los estudios sobre el platonismo cusano y la gestión universitaria en Argentina: entrevista con Prof. Claudia D’Amico

November 2022 – In this interview, Prof Claudia D’Amico (UNLP-UBA/CONICET) discusses the most emblematic moments of her career as a specialist on Nicholas of Cusa’s reception of Plato and other Platonic philosophers, like Proclus. D’Amico also draws a path for the future of medieval studies in Argentina and Latin America in relation to the innovations in the teaching of philosophy and interregional dialogue.
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Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Medieval Philosophy: An Interview with Alessandra Beccarisi

October 2022 – What were the challenges of managing an academic journal during the Covid pandemic? And what advices can be given to early-career scholars in a period so complicated as the one we are living in? This month, we discuss these fundamental topics with Alessandra Beccarisi, Full Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Foggia and editor of the Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale (the official journal of SIEPM).
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Roger Bacon’s Mathematical Epistemology: An Interview with Yael Kedar, Giora Hon, and Elena Baltuta

September 2022 – What is the role that mathematics and the mathematical method play in Roger Bacon’s philosophy? We discuss about this fascinating topic with three special guests: Yael Kedar, Giora Hon, and Elena Baltuta. They have recently started an ambitious research project in Israel titled “Certainty Without Doubt and Truth Without Error: The Mathematical Epistemology of Roger Bacon” and funded by the Israel Science Foundation. Beside talking about Roger Bacon, Yael, Giora, and Elena also give useful insights on how to structure a successful research proposal and the challenges of working on medieval philosophy and science in the 21st century.
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Research on Medieval Philosophy in China: An Interview with Tianyue Wu

July 2022 – Research on medieval philosophy is global in many ways, and in this section of IPM we have been discussing the individual projects from, and spaces for cooperation between, scholars from various parts of the globe. Today we dedicate this issue to research on Western medieval philosophy practiced in China. We are delighted to have Tianyue Wu joining us for an interview. We have talked about Tianyue’s latest research projects, his academic path towards choosing to do medieval philosophy, his teaching on medieval philosophy as an associate professor in Peking, among much else. In particular, we have further talked about the context of research in medieval philosophy in China, and the kinds of forum there already are and that can be created to foster collaboration between scholars in China and in Europe and the Americas.
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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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