Clayton State University Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander W. Hall, along with Professor Gyula Klima of Fordham University, recently edited nine separately-titled volumes that have been published as part of a series titled “Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics.” (PSMLM)
The Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics collects original materials presented at sessions sponsored by the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics (the Society), an organization founded in 2000 to recover the profound metaphysical insights of medieval thinkers for our own philosophical thought. Hall has served as assistant director of the Society since 2011.
Klima notes that this seemingly daunting task is possible, despite the vast conceptual changes in the intervening period, “if we carefully reflect on the logical framework in which those insights were articulated, given the paradigmatic differences between medieval and modern logical theories.”
“The Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics has established itself as a major venue for the publication of high-quality original articles on medieval philosophy,” says Richard Cross, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, Chair, Department of Philosophy, at the University of Notre Dame. “Particularly welcome is its frequent practice of publishing papers in dialogue with each other. It exemplifies magnificently the ways in which medieval and contemporary philosophy can be brought into fruitful conversation.”
The nine volumes in the series are as follows. Hall and Klima are the series editors, and the sole editors of all but “After God, with Reason Alone.”
“After God, with Reason Alone – Saikat Guha Commemorative Volume” (edited by Timothy Kearns)
“Categories, and What Is Beyond”
“Knowledge, Mental Language, and Free Will”
“Medieval Metaphysics; or Is It `Just Semantics?’"
“Medieval Skepticism, and the Claim to Metaphysical Knowledge”
“The Demonic Temptations of Medieval Nominalism”
“The Immateriality of the Human Mind, the Semantics of Analogy, and the Conceivability of God”
“Universal Representation, and the Ontology of Individuation”
The volumes contain articles in the field of medieval philosophy by leading scholars and are of the highest academic quality,” states Lloyd A. Newton, associate professor of Philosophy at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “The articles address both major medieval figures, such as Avicenna, Aquinas, Scotus, or Ockham, as well as lesser known figures that are rarely treated in the philosophical literature. More importantly, by focusing on both logic and metaphysical themes, the articles often shed new light on themes and figures that often escaped the notice of previous scholarship.”
For more information on these nine volumes, go to http://www.c-s-p.org/csp3/search.py/main?author=&title=medieval+logic+and+metaphysics&keyword=. They are also available on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22alexander+w+hall%22+klima&x=0&y=0.
“We hope to keep our arrangement with the publisher, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, going and to produce future volumes,” adds Hall.
“The study of medieval philosophy is now flourishing as never before, and these volumes showcase the very best of that work,” says Robert Pasnau, professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. “Among the contributors to these volumes are many of the leading figures in the field, and the topics under investigation are fundamental to philosophy.”
“The papers of the Proceedings… bring philosophically medieval texts to life and make the medievals converse with contemporary philosophers,” says Fabrizio Amerini, professor of History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Parma, Italy. “Every paper represents a significant contribution based on absolutely original research that meets a very high standard. All the papers actually promote insightful analysis of medieval texts and thought-provoking discussion of philosophical topics.”
“In the past ten years, the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics has established a unique presence in both philosophy and medieval studies,” adds Jorge J. E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo. “The publication of the proceedings of the society should become an indispensible tool for the research on and the study of medieval philosophy.”