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The Richard Rufus of Cornwall Project

Preparing Critical Editions of Rufus' Extant Works


Professor Christopher J. Martin

Assistant Editor, Richard Rufus of Cornwall Project
University of Auckland
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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Philosophy Department
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand
Email: cj.martin @


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1981

M.A., Sussex University, 1976

B.A., Sussex University, 1974

Academic Honors:

Royal Society of New Zealand, Marden Fund award of $434,783 (GST exclusive) for work on the project From Vocalism to Nominalism: The 12th Century Parisian Schools of Philosophy & their Logics. 2014-2017. Research Award, U. Auckland: Edition of Peter Abeland’s Glossae, De differentiis Topicis & his Logica 'Nostrorum Petitioni Sociorum.’

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Pontificial Institute & Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2013) Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Philosophy Department, Cambridge Univ., 2011 Visiting Professor, École pratique des hautes études, Paris, 2009

Visiting Fellow Commoner, All Souls College, Oxford University, 2007

Associate Editor, Richard Rufus Project, Stanford University, Spring 2004

Visiting Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge, 2001, 2004

Visiting Scholar, Classics, University of Cambridge, 2001

Visiting Fellow, University of Bristol


Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Auckland University, 2002-present

Lecturer (and Senior Lecturer), Department of Philosophy, Auckland University, 1988-2002

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Toronto University, 1994

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York 1981-1987


"Instantiae & the Parisian Schools," in Logic & Language in the Middle Ages, ed. J. L. Fink et al., Leiden 2013, 65-84.

"A Note on the Attribution of the Literal Glosses in Paris BN. lat. 13,368 to Peter Abaelard," in Arts du langage et théologie, ed. I. Rosier-Catach, Turnhout 2011, pp. 605-646.

"'What An Ugly Child': Abaelard on Translation, Figurative Language, and Logic," Vivarium 2011 (49) 26-49.

"Peri Hermeneias 5-8: Propositionality, Negation and the Foundations of Logic," in Methods and Methodologies in Medieval Philosophy, ed. M. Cameron & J. Marenbon., Leiden, 2011, pp. 207-228.

"'They had added not a single tiny proposition': The Reception of the Prior Analytics in the First Half of the Twelfth Century," Vivarium 48 (2010) 159-192.

"The Development of Abaelard's Theory of Topical Inference," in Le Syllogisme Topique, ed. J. Biard, Studia Aristarium, Turnhout 2010, pp. 249-270.

"Imposition and Essence: Peter Abaelard and the New Theory of Reference," in The Word in Mediaeval Philosophy, ed. C. Burnett, Rencontres de Philosophie Médiévale, 2009, pp. 56-84.

"The Development of Logic in the Twelfth Century," Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, ed. R. Pasnau, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 129-146.

"The Logical Textbooks & their Influence," in Cambridge Companion to Boethius, ed. J. Marenbon, 2009, pp. 56-84.

"Denying Conditionals: Abaelard and the Failure of Boethius’ Account of the Hypothetical Syllogism," Vivarium 45 (2007) 153-168.

"Aristotle and the Logic of Consequences: The Development of the Theory of Inference in the Early Thirteenth Century," in Albertus Magnus and the Beginnings of the Medieval Reception of Aristotle in the Latin West, ed. L. Honnefelder, R. Wood, M. Dreyer, & M. Aris, Münster 2005, 525-553.

“Abaelard on Modality: Some Possibilities and Some Puzzles,” in Thomas Buchheim, Corneille Henri Kneepkens & Kuno Lorenz (eds.) Potentialität und Possibilität, Stutgart, 2001, pp. 97-124.

“Obligations and Liars,” in Medieval Formal Logic: Consequences, Obligations, Insolubles, M. Yrjönsuuri ed., New Synthese Historical Library, Dordrecht 2001, pp. 63-94. [Reprint]

“Non-reductive Arguments from Impossible Hypotheses in Boethius and Philoponus,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, XVII (1999) pp. 279-302.

“The Logic of Growth: Twelfth-Century Nominalists and the Development of Theories of the Incarnation,” Medieval Philosophy and Theology 7 (1998), pp. 1-14.

“Impossible Positio as the Foundation of Metaphysics or, Logic on the Scotist Plan?” in Vestigia, Imagines, Verba: Semiotics and Logic in Medieval Theological Texts, C. Marmo (ed.), Turnhout 1996, pp. 255-276.

“The Logic of the Nominales,Vivarium 30 (1992) 110-126.

“Boethius and the Logic of Negation,” Phronesis 36 (1991) 277-304.

“Bradwardine's Proof for the Existence of God and Positio as a Test of Possibility” in Knowledge And The Sciences In Medieval Philosophy, S. Knuuttila, R. Tyorinoja, S. Ebbesen (eds.), Helsinki, 1990, pp. 574-586.

“Something Amazing About The Peripatetic Of Pallet: Abaelard's Development of Boethius Account of Conditional Propositions,” Argumentation 1 (1987) 419-436.

“Embarrassing Arguments and Surprising Conclusions in the Development Theories of the Conditional in the Twelfth Century” in Gilbert De Poitiers Et Ses Contemporains, J. Jolivet, A. De Libera (eds.), Naples 1987, pp. 377-401.

“The Compendium Logicae Porretanum: A survey of Philosophical Logic from the School of Gilbert of Poitiers,” Cahiers de l'Institut du Moyen Age Grec et Latin (Copenhagen), 46 (1983), pp. xvii-xlvi.


"Flights of Fancy: Some Thirteenth-Century Discussions of the Certainty of Self-Knowledge", University of Toronto, November 2013.

"Refutation and Resolution: The Theory and Practice of Instantiae in the Parisian Schools," at Logic and Language in the Middle Ages, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen, June 2010

"Objection and Counter Instance," Philosopy Department, UCLA, February 2008.

"The limit of certainty: Discussions of Self-Awareness in the Late 13th Century," Cambridge Univ., Nov. 2007.

"Arguing About Impossibilities: Mediaeval Discussions of the Logic of Conditional Propositions with Impossible Antecedents," Philosophy Department, Harvard University, October 2004.

"Formal Consequence in Scotus and Ockham," Philosophy Dept., Stanford University, May 25, 2004.

"Richard Rufus on Sense Perception: The Physiology of Spiritual Change," Helsinki, April 2004.

Nil Ex Falso: Propositionality and Logic in the Ars Meliduna” to the Fourteenth Symposium on Mediaeval Logic and Semantics, Rome, 11th June 2002.

“Abaelard and the Manipulation of Modality” to the International Workshop; Abaelard Logic and Grammar, Trinity College, Cambridge, 18th March 2001.

“Will Consent and Moral Evaluation in Augustine and Abaelard,” to the Workshop In The History of Philosophy: Emotions and Rational Choice, Uppsala University, April 26th 2001.

“John Major on Future Contingency,” at the symposium John Buridan and Beyond, at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, 7th September, 2001.

“The New Logic of William of Ockham,” Philosophy Department, Glasgow University, January 30th, 2001. Philosophy Department, Liverpool University, April 2nd, 2001. At Oriel College, Oxford, May 23rd 2001.

“Flights of Fancy: Avicenna's Arguments for the Incorporeality of the Soul and their Interpretation,” Philosophy Department, Uppsala University, April 11th 2001. Trinity College Cambridge, April 27th, 2001.

“Thinking the Impossible,” Philosophy Department, Ohio State Univ. at Columbus, May 20th 1997. Department of Systematic Theology, University of Helsinki, 31st October 1997. David Charles' Faculty Philosophy Seminar, Oriel College, Oxford., Jan. 22nd, 1998. Colloquium on Mediaeval Philosophy, Trinity College Cambridge, Jan. 30th, 1998. Philosophy Department at Cornell University, Feb. 13th, 1998.