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. (2016). Angels and Needles. Notes and Queries, 63 (3), 374-375. 10.1093/notesj/gjw120
- Martin, C. J. (2016). The invention of relations: Early twelfth-century discussions of Aristotle's account of relatives. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 24 (3), 447-467. 10.1080/09608788.2015.1116431
- Martin, C. J. (2016). Modality without the Prior Analytics: Early twelfth century accounts of modal propositions. In M. Cresswell, E. Mares, A. Rini (Eds.) Logical modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The story of necessity (pp. 113-132). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9781139939553.007
- Martin, C. J. (2016). Abaelard on logical truth. In L. Cessalli, F. Goubier, A. De Libera (Eds.) Formal approaches and natural language in medieval logic, 59-76. Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols.
- (2014). The development of logic in the twelfth century. The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (pp. 129-145). 10.1017/CHO9781107446953.014
- 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. (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. (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.