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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 926: What Did Medieval Philosophy Do for Us?: Cross-Disciplinary Entanglements - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:IPM Monthly
Organiser:Maria Eduarda Machado, Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto
Moderator/Chair:Maria Eduarda Machado, Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto

What is the point of studying medieval philosophy? At first sight, its direct impact on other disciplines seems to be negligable. Indeed, how can the clarification of abstruse interpretative frameworks written centuries ago contribute to historical reconstructions of the past or even contemporary philosophical debate? This round table discussion will discuss the interdisciplinary value of medieval philosophy for contemporary scholarship as mirrored by the structural entanglement on which the notion of philosophia was grounded. By contrasting how disciplines like cultural history, history of science, and literature deal with medieval philosophical theories, the round table will shed light on and deconstruct long-lasting biases against medieval philosophy and its supposed uselessness.

Participants include Grégory Clesse (Université catholique de Louvain), Mário João Correia (Universidade do Porto), Yael Kedar (Tel Hai College, Haifa), Jonathan Morton (Tulane University, New Orleans), Paula Oliveira e Silva (Universidade do Porto), Maria Pinho (Universidade do Porto), and Nicola Polloni (KU Leuven).