Time, Tense, and Modality
XXIII European Symposium of Medieval Logic and Semantics
22-25 June 2020, University of Warsaw, Institute of Philosophy
Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, Aula im. M. Ossowskiej (first floor)
The topic covers logical, semantical, and grammatical problems related to time. It is meant to include a wide range of issues occurring in medieval writings, not restricted to narrowly understood field of artes.
The following subjects only serve as a list of examples:
- medieval accounts of tensed sentences: are there any crucial differences between medieval speculative grammarians and logicians in the way they regarded tense?
- temporal modality and its perhaps unobvious distinction from atemporal modal notions (e.g. based on internal consistency or natures);
- the logical and semantical aspects of the medieval views on the necessity of the past and the per accidens necessity;
- the relation between truth-value and tense, especially in the context of the medieval reception of De interpretatione 9;
- semantic analysis of time-sensitive propositions in philosophy, theology, and exegesis, especially regarding the problems involving predestination, foreknowledge, prophecy etc.;
- the interface of logic and theology in the case of the opposition between time and eternity;
- is there any continuity in thinking about time and tense throughout the middle ages?
- can modern temporal logic throw light on medieval views on time and tense (and vice versa)?
- the ideas about time and tense in the Islamic world;
- did the “new” Aristotle and the Arabic, Jewish, and Byzantine sources transform the development of earlier ideas on time and modality in the West?
- what particularly significant medieval texts concerned with time and tense remain unedited?