Distinguished Visitor (September-December 2013)
Professor Christopher Martin was in Toronto from September to December 2013. He has an international reputation as a historian of logic, especially for his groundbreaking work on Boethius and Abelard; and he is currently working with Peter King (CMS) on an edition of Abelard’s commentary on Porphyry’s Isagoge. Prof. Martin has been part of the team editing the works of Richard Rufus of Cornwall; he has worked extensively on the emergence of twelfth-century thought, including original manuscript research; he has written on topics as varied as the use of Avicenna’s ‘Flying Man’ argument in High Scholasticism, Peter John Olivi on knowing that one knows, the influence of John Major in the fifteenth century, and the nature of logical consequence. He has been a visiting fellow in philosophy at All Souls College (Oxford), a visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, and most recently held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Cambridge.
During his time in Toronto, Prof. Martin presented a lecture on “Flights of Fancy: Some Thirteenth-Century Discussions of the Certainty of Self-Knowledge”
He also conducted two seminars on “Inconvenient Consequences: Peter Abaelard’s Revolution in Logic and its Failure”