Associate Professor Christopher John Martin
MA (Sus), PhD (Princeton)
Research | Current
- Mediaeval and Greek philosophy, especially the 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
Department: Department of Philosophy
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. (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.
- 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.
- Martin, C. J. (2011). Refutation and resolution: the theory and practice of Instantiae in the Parisian Schools. Paper presented at Logic and Language in the Middle Ages A Symposium in Honour of Sten Ebbesen, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen. 22 June - 24 June 2011.
- Martin, C. J. (2011). Abaelard on the problem of translation.. Paper presented at 14th Ernest Moody Conference in Medieval Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles. 9 April - 9 April 2011.
- Martin, C. J. (2011). De Interpretatione 5–8: Aristotle, Boethius, and Abaelard on propositionality, negation, and the foundations of logic. In M. Cameron, J. Marenbon (Eds.) Methods and methodologies: Aristotelian logic East and West, 500-1500 (pp. 207-228). Leiden: Brill.