Postdoctoral Positions (2) in Medieval Philosophy – University of Copenhagen

The Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen is pleased to announce a call for applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in medieval philosophy. The positions are for a fixed term from January 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until December 31, 2023.

The postdoctoral researchers will work as members of the research project Exploring Twelfth-Century Philosophy: Alberic of Paris and his School, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project investigates the philosophical writings stemming from the milieu around the logician Alberic of Paris, who is still a relatively unknown figure in the history of philosophy, but according to contemporary sources was the most formidable rival of one of the greatest and most famous of all medieval philosophers, Peter Abelard.

One of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Porphyry’s Isagoge with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the nature and ontological status of universals). The other of the two successful candidates will work on the medieval Latin source material and focus especially on select twelfth-century commentaries on Aristotle’s De interpretatione with the aim of establishing the distinctive views of Alberic and his followers as regards some of the main philosophical themes arising from this text (e.g. the theory of meaning).

To be eligible for the positions, the candidate must have research qualifications at least corresponding to those achieved through a successfully completed PhD in a field of study relevant to the project (philosophy, history of ideas, Latin philology, or similar). The PhD degree must have been obtained a maximum of 4 years before the application deadline (maternity, paternity and certain other forms of leave may be added to this). The candidate must also have documented experience in working with Latin philosophical texts in the original language, proven ability to present and publish research at a high international level, and excellent English communication skills. Previous experience in working with medieval manuscripts will be considered an asset. For further information about the position, please contact PI of the research project Associate Professor Heine Hansen.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2021.

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