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John Marenbon


John Marenbon is a Fellow of the British Academy, Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College, and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy, as well as Visiting Professor at the Philosophy Department of Peking University. His interests cover the whole breadth of philosophy in the Long Middle Ages (c. 200 – c. 1700), in the Latin and Greek Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. He has written both general books (especially Medieval Philosophy: an historical and philosophical introduction (2007) and (as editor) the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy (2012), as well as more specialized studies of Boethius and Abelard. His most recent book is Pagans and Philosophers. The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz (2015). You can find a CV, List of Publications and copies ofmany of his recent articles at

For the Faculty, Marenbon teaches the Philosophy in the Long Middle Ages. He also runs a sporadic, informal History of Philosophy Seminar (all interested please contact him), and the Medieval Philosophy Reading Group (again, please contact him if you are interested: it takes place on Wednesdays, 1.15 – 2.15, following the same calendar as lectures).

He is is one of the leaders of the project 'Immateriality, Thinking and the Self in the Philosophy of the Long Middle Ages', a joint project of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge and the Department of Philosophy, Peking University, financed by the British Academy through an International Partnership and Mobility Grant, March 2015 – February 2016.


Some of my recent books (since 2007)

  • Medieval Philosophy : an historical and philosophical Introduction, London and New York; Routledge, 2007

  • The Cambridge Companion to Boethius (ed.), Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2009

  • The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy (editor), New York; Oxford University Press 2012

  • The Hellenistic Schools and Thinking about Pagan Philosophy in the Middle Ages. A study of second-order influence [booklet], Basel; Schwabe, 2012

  • Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy. Knowledge, mind, and language (editor), Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2013 = Proceedings of the British Academy 189

  • Abelard in Four Dimensions. A twelfth-century philosopher in his context and ours, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013

  • Pagans and Philosophers. The problem of paganism from Augustine to Leibniz, Princeton and Woodbridge; Princeton University Press 2015

Some recent articles etc. (since 2013)

  • ‘Medieval Philosophy’ in Oxford Bibliographies On-Line [a c. 20,000-word annotated bibliography for the whole range of medieval philosophy] -

  • ‘Gilbert of Poitiers’s Contextual Theory of Meaning and the Hermeneutics of Secrecy’ in Logic and Language in the Middle Ages. A volume in honour of Sten Ebbesen, ed. J.L.. Fink, H.Hansen and A. M. Mora-Márquez, Leiden; Brill, 2013 (Investigating Medieval Philosophy 4), 49-64

  • Ernest Renan and Averroism: the story of a misinterpretation’ in Renassiance Averroism and its Aftermath: Arabic philosophy in early modern Europe, ed. A. Akasoy and G. Giglioni, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York and London: Springer, 2013 (Archives internationals d’histoire des idées 211), 273-84.

  • ‘Divine Prescience and Contingency in Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy’, Rivista di storia della filosofia 68 (2013) 9-21.

  • ‘La logique en occident latin (ca.780 – ca. 1150): le programme des études et ses enjeux’  in “Ad notitiam ignoti”: the Organon in the translatio studiorum at the time of Albert the Great: orders of treatises, divisions of logic and textual transmissions’, ed. J. Brumberg-Chaumont, Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Studia Artistarum 37), 173-91.

  • ‘Boethius’s Unparadigmatic Originality and its Implications for MedievalPhilosophy’ in Boethius as a Paradigm of late antique Thought, ed. T. Böhm, Jurgasch and A Kirchner, Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2014, 231-44.

  • 'Abelard's Theory of Universals' in Nominalism about Properties. New essays, ed. Ghislain Guigon and Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, London and New York; Routledge, 2015 (Routledge Studies in Metaphysics 9), pp. 38-62.

Contact Details

Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ, UK