Associate Professor Christopher John Martin
MA (Sus), PhD (Princeton)
Research | Current
- Mediaeval and Greek philosophy
- History and philosophy of logic
Currently working on a study of the development of logic in the middle ages to be called Negation and its Consequences. The study consists of three volumes. Volume 1, devoted to Boethius, argues that late antique logic had no notion of propositionality and so could easily accept the connexive principles implied in Book II of the Prior Analytics. Volume 2 argues that Peter Abaelard was the first to fully formulate the notion of propositionality and that he tried to save connexive logic with a distinction between an intensional and a hyperintensional conditional. Volume 3 explores the consequences of the failure of Abaelard's enterprise and the appearance of competing logics for the conditional in the Parisian schools of the twelfth century.
Other major research interests are ancient and mediaeval semantics and mediaeval attempts to reconcile divine foreknowledge with human freedom.
Teaching | Current
PHIL 204 Greek Philosophy
PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 752 Ancient/Medieval Philosophy 1
PHIL 754 History of Philosophy 1
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Martin, C. J. (2013). Instantiae and the Parisian Schools. In J. L. Fink, H. Hansen, Mora-Márquez AM (Eds.) Logic and Language in the Middle Ages: A volume in honour of Sten Ebbesen (pp. 65-84). Leiden, UK: Brill.
- Martin, C. J. (22/3/2012). Arguing about impossibilities. Paper presented at Invited Seminar at at the Scuola Normale Superiore Di Pisa, Pisa, Italy, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. 22 March - 22 March 2012. Related URL.
- Martin, C. J. (1/1/2012). Four public lectures at the University of Cambridge as Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Philosophy: 20th January 2012: The Beginnings of Medieval Logic. 27th January 2012: The Novelties of Peter Abelard. 3rd February 2012: The Theory of Inference in Crisis. 17th February: A Paradigm Shift in Paris.. Paper presented at Leverhulme Public Lectures, Cambridge University, Cambridge University. 20 January - 17 February 2012. Related URL.
- Martin, C. J. (2012). Logical Consequence. In J. Marenbon (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy (pp. 289-311). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Martin, C. J. (2012). Abelard's Notion of Formality. Paper presented at Nineteenth European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics, Geneva. 12 June - 16 June 2012. Related URL.
- Martin, C. J. (2011). "What an ugly child": Abaelard on translation, figurative language, and logic. Vivarium, 49 (1-3), 26-49. 10.1163/156853411X590426
- Martin, C. J. (1/11/2011). Anonymous Cantabrigiensis and the fate of the Nominales. Paper presented at Ongoing Work in Mediaeval Philosophy, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK. 1 November - 1 November 2011.
- Martin, C. J. (2011). 'It would never be true that you are in Paradise', a new thesis of the Nominales?. Paper presented at Ninth Workshop on the Anonymi, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden. 17 September - 17 September 2011.