CfA: Summer School "The Metaphysics of Relations in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy"


Master in Philosophy

23 November 2021

Applications are now open for the summer school “The Metaphysics of Relations in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy”. 


The summer school will be hosted by the MAP – the research Master in Philosophy at Università della Svizzera italiana – and will take place in Lugano (Switzerland) from June 6th to June 10th, 2022.

Deadline for applications: January 31st, 2022.



John Marenbon (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Anna Marmodoro (Durham & Oxford)


Graduate Assistants:

Suf Amichay (Cambridge)

Chiara Martini (Oxford)


Short description:

In this summer school, we tackle a challenging topic: how ancient and medieval philosophers conceived of the metaphysics of relations. Our main aims are to map out the differences between ourselves and ancient thinkers over the ontology of the truth-makers of relational statements, and to consider whether one should accept the standard view, according to which medieval thinkers before the fourteenth century almost invariably considered relations to be so-called ‘monadic’ properties and to be real. 


The Summer School will end with a conference on relations in ancient, medieval and contemporary metaphysics.


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For any query, do not hesitate to contact Rodrigo Ballon Villanueva at