Workshop on Medieval Natural Phil.

In conjunction with the 2016 meeting of the International Society for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Minnesota, the Philosophy Department at the University of St. Thomas is hosting a workshop on medieval natural philosophy.

Date: Wednesday June 22, 2016.
Location: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Anderson Student Center, Room 341 (Click here for directions and campus map)

Confirmed Participants:
Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen)
Jacob Archambault (Fordham)
Francesca Bruno (Cornell)
David Clemenson (St. Thomas)
Bill Duba (Radboud)
Kendall Fisher (Syracuse)
Anthony Fisher (Manchester)
Ken Kemp (St. Thomas)
Henrik Lagerlund (Western Ontario)
Magali Roques (Geneva)
Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen)
Garrett Smith (Notre Dame)
Zita Toth (Fordham)
Jake Tuttle (Loyola Marymount)
Megan Welle (Lublin)

9:15- 10:45 Chemistry and Creation

Session Chair: Gloria Frost

  • Bill Duba, “Classroom Chemistry, Spring 1330”
  • Jake Tuttle, “Suarez’s Metaphysics of Creation”

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Causality

Session Chair: Garrett Smith

  • Zita Toth, “William Ockham and Pierre d’Ailly on genuine and sine quibus non causes”
  • Andrea Sangiacomo, “From secondary causes to artificial instruments: Pierre-Sylvain Régis’s rethinking of scholastic accounts of causation”

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Issues in Ockham’s Physics

Session Chair: Kendall Fisher

  • Magali Roques,”Ockham on the parts of the continuum”
  • Francesca Bruno, “William Ockham on Quantity and the Eucharist”

3:30- 3:45 Coffee Break

3:45-5:30 Hylomorphism and Mechanism

Session Chair: Jacob Archambault

  • Han Thomas Adriaenssen, “Substantial Forms between Physics and Metaphysics. John Sergeant and Antoine Le Grand”
  • Henrik Lagerlund, “The Mechanization of Philosophy Between 1300-1700: Some Reflections”

5:30 Dinner

Gloria Frost (
Please email if you would like to attend.  There is no registration fee for the workshop.  The lunch and dinner are limited in space and require an advance sign-up. There are also several last-minute dining options in the ASC building where the workshop will take place, as well as restaurants in walking-distance of campus.

On campus housing can be booked here for $66/night
Hotel and visitor information can be found here.