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Dialectic and Analytics in the Aristotelian Tradition (October 13-14, 2017)

​​​​​​​​The Department of Philosophy of Providence College, along with the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, is pleased to announce a conference on "Dialectic and Analytics in the Aristotelian Tradition". The purpose of the conference is to investigate Aristotle's Organon within the context of its medieval reception, particularly in the Arabic and Latin traditions, and at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the sciences. Colleagues from the greater Boston area are warmly invited to attend. ​ 

To register for the conference, please email Father John Sica, 

Below please find the conference schedule.  Some of the Presenters have submitted their papers for you to read prior to the conference.  To view a presenters paper, please click on the Presenters name and it will take you to a secure link where you will enter a password to access the paper.   To acquire the password, please email Father John Sica,

Conference Schedule 

Friday, October 13, 2017    

8:30 - 9:15 am               Breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 am               Colin Guthrie King, Providence College

                                         Introductory Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 am            Robert Bolton, Rutgers University:

                                         "Dialectic and Analytics: Aristotle's Two Standards for Inquiry"

10:30 – 10:45 am         Break

10:45 - 11:45 am           Fedor Benevich, Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität München:       

                                         "Redefining Necessity in Avicenna's Posterior Analytics"

11:45 – 12:00 pm         Break

12:00 - 1:00 pm           Gaston Le Notre, The Catholic University of America:

                                        "A Posterior Analytics Reading of the Derivation of the Transcendentals in Aquinas's De Veritate"

1:00 – 2:15 pm             Lunch

2:15 - 3:15 pm               Jonathan Butacci, The Catholic University of America:        

                                         "Cognitive Capacities and States in Posterior Analytics B. 19"

3:15 – 4:00 pm             Break

4:00 - 5:30 pm             Keynote Lecture - Ruane 105

                                       Christof Rapp, Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität München:

                                         "Why Rhetoric is Based on Dialectic: Aristotle and the Present Day"

Saturday, October 14, 2017 

8:30 - 9:15 am             Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15 am            Christopher Shields, The University of Notre Dame:

                                       "A Singular Connection with Dialectic: Francisco Suárez, Metaphysical Disputation I"

10:15 - 10:30 am         Break

10:30 - 11:30 am         Evan Rodriguez, Idaho State University:     

                                       "Alexander of Aphrodisias on Dialectic and First Principles in Aristotle's Topics

11:30 - 11:45 am         Break

11:45 - 12:45 pm         Christopher Hauser, Rutgers University: 

                                      "Aristotle's Epistemology of Essence"

12:45 - 2:00 pm         Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm          Byron MacDougall, Princeton University:      

                                      "Byzantine Figures: Aristotelian Syllogistic in the Anonymous Iconophile Treatise against John the Grammarian"

3:00 - 3:15 pm           Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm            Riccardo Strobino, Tufts University: 

                                      "The reception of the Analytics in Avicenna's logic"

4:15 - 4:30 pm           Break

4:30 - 5:30 pm          Marko Malink, New York University:

                                     "Aristotle on Proof ad absurdum"