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Paul Tom

Philosophy / Music / Theatre

Since 2007 I have been an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, at the University of Sydney.

At present I am a Chercheur en rattachement principal at the Laboratoire SPHERE, University of Paris - Diderot.

Planned papers:

From November 2014 to February 2015, I am giving monthly seminars at the University of Paris - Diderot, studying major reforms to the discipline of logic proposed by Avicenna, William Ockham, the Port-Royal logicians, and some of the German thinkers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The seminars will focus on the goals of these reforms, and the reasoning which led to their pursuit. 

I will be participating in a conference on Aristotelian and Avicennian modal syllogistic at the Humboldt University, Berlin, June 18-20.

I will be reading an invited paper on essentialist logics in the Arabic and Latin traditions at the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science in Helsinki, August 6-7.

I will be reading a paper on Averroes' logic at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, October 8-9.

Earlier in 2013-2015:

On January 15 2015 I led a workshop on "Recent research on the Prior Analytics and its Greek, Arabic and Latin reception" at the University of Paris - Diderot. Participants will be from the Universities of Cambridge, Gothenburg, Leuven and Lille.

I read a paper on Necessity in Arabic Logic to a senior seminar on Arabic logic at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge on November 4-5.

I read a paper on impossible subjects in Arabic logic to the meeting of the Société Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques in Paris on 8 October.

In September 2013 I presented papers at the conferences: Dialectic and Aristotle's Logic (Groningen, September 2-4), and Faith and the Trinity (Prague, September 19-20)

Between November 2013 and February 2014 I delivered monthly seminars on Theories of Reasoning in the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Paris - Diderot.

On 16 January 2014, I led a workshop at the University of Paris - Diderot, titled Commentaries on the Analytics in the Greek, Arabic and Latin traditions.

I participated in the research project Representation and Reality: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Gothenburg (February 1-2 2014 ).

I gave 4 seminars on the history of Arabic and Latin logic at the Scuola normale superiore at Pisa (20-26 February 2014).

I read a paper on Order and Intension in Robert Kilwardby's Notule libri Priorum to the Conference Cycle of the Philosophy Students' Association at the University of Geneva on 27 March 2014.

I read a paper on Khunaji's theory of conversion to the annual meeting of the Cambridge/Bochum project on the history of Arabic Logic at the University of Cambridge on May 3-4.

I read a paper on Roger Bacon and Robert Kilwardby on relations to the European Society for Medieval Logic and Semantics at Cambridge.

I also presented a paper on the history of the syllogism to a meeting of the contributors to the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic (June 12-18).


Apart from philosophy, my main interest is in music and theatre.

Teaching Music/Theatre