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Medieval and Contemporary Philosophy in Dispute

From: 2019-10-25 To:2020-03-31

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
  • Research Groups

    Aristotelica Portugalensia
    Reason, Politics & Society
  • A series of debates on Medieval and Contemporary Philosophy

    Disputation is the most widely known of the reasoning methods used by medieval philosophers, having also become a method of teaching, and even a literary form, used in a wide span of works in Philosophy, Theology, as well as in the Medical and Natural Sciences. Its contribution to the growth of knowledge has been remarkable.

    In the same spirit, we intend to organize debates around key topics of the philosophical tradition and bring into dialogue specialists in medieval and in contemporary philosophy.

    In each one-day seminar two different topics (under one general heading, e.g., logic and metaphysics) will be discussed, the first in the morning, and the second in the afternoon. The invited speakers will engage in discussion of a particular philosophical issue, from the vantage point of their own discipline. The discussions will be open to the audience.

    These sessions are not only meant to revive the methodological tradition of disputations, by confronting different perspectives and ways of reasoning. They are also intended to promote cross-fertilization, either by allowing to look at medieval issues through contemporary lenses, or by tracing the genealogy of current philosophical debates back to their medieval origins, and by bringing medieval concepts and arguments to bear on the contemporary philosophical conversation.

    The project includes two cycles of seminars, the first to be held in Porto, in 2019, which is described below. The second cycle will take place 2020, with a program to be announced.

    In the end, an innovative volume will be published, gathering together the contributions from all the debates.


    PROGRAM (1st series)

    Session 1
    25th October 2019
    Carving Out the World: Logic and Metaphysics

    1. The Notion of Logical Consequence
    Chair: Tommaso Piazza
    — Mikko Yrjönsuuri (Jyväskylä)
    — Ricardo Santos (Lisboa)



    Session 2
    16th November 2019
    On Coming to Know: Epistemology

    2. Sources of Evidence: God, the Intellect and Extra-Mental Things
    Chair: Sofia Miguens
    ​— José Meirinhos (Porto)
    — Timothy Williamson (Oxford)

    3. The Epistemology of Testimony: Authority and Disagreement
    ​Chair: Vítor Guerreiro
    ​— Philip Choi (Boulder, Colorado)
    — Domingos Faria (Lisboa)



    Next sessions:

    Issues on Value: Ethics and Aesthetics

    Metaphysics: on what it is





    Organizers: José Meirinhos (Porto) — Tommaso Piazza (Pavia) — Vítor Guerreiro (Porto)

    Venue: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

    Promoted by the project Petrus Hispanus (Porto) / Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502

    Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT-Portugal)

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