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Sara Uckelman

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Sara L. Uckelman is an American logician, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durham. She is a specialist in logic and medieval history and philosophy, and on issues at the intersection of these; particularly obligationes.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Uckelman received a BA and an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison] and a PhD in logic from the University of Amsterdam.[1] Her doctoral thesis, awarded in 2009, was supervised by Benedikt Löwe and was entitled Modalities in Medieval Logic. She began working at the University of Durham in 2014, before which she held various research posts at Heidelberg] Tilburg, and Amsterdam.

Unlike most analytic philosophers, Uckelman takes a highly historical approach. She has remarked that medieval philosophers and logicians were interested in the same fundamental questions that concern modern scholars: 'What are the different ways that we can know things? What is the relationship between demonstration (proof), testimony, and knowledge? What are the communicative consequences of our knowledge? What is the relationship between knowledge, uncertainty, and ignorance? ... The fundamental questions are the same but the ways in which they seek to answer them are different, and provide a fresh way of looking at the issues, and often spark new and innovative solutions.'[2]

In 2017, Uckelman co-founded the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, which she currently co-directs. She is the editor-in-chief of the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources; a . She is an associate editor for the Journal of Logic, Language and Information

Outside of academia, Uckelman is a keen writer of fiction, and many of her stories have been published.[3] She is the founder and main editor of the science fiction and fantasy review site, SFF Reviews, and a first reader for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.

Uckelman blogs at Diary of Dr. Logic, and is active on Twitter.

Sara Liana Uckelman
BornSara Friedemann
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
Known forLogic, Epistemology, Medieval history and philosophy

Publications[edit | edit source]

Some recent articles:

  • Besold, Tarek R. & Uckelman, Sara L. (2018). Normative and Descriptive Rationality: From Nature to Artifice and Back. Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 30(2): 331-344.
  • Uckelman, Sara L. (2018). Bathsua Makin and Anna Maria van Schurman: Education and the Metaphysics of Being a Woman. In Early Modern Women on Metaphysics. Thomas, Emily Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 95-110.
  • Uckelman, Sara L. (2017). Medieval Logic. In The History of Philosophical and Formal Logic: from Aristotle to Tarski. Malpass, Alex & Marfori, Marianna Antonutti London: Bloomsbury. 71-99.
  • Uckelman, Sara L., Murphey, Sonia & Percer, Joseph (2017). What's in a Name? History and Fantasy in Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood. Pavlac, Brian A. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. 241-250.
  • Dutilh Novaes, Catarina & Uckelman, Sara L. (2016). Obligationes. In Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic. Dutilh Novaes, Catarina & Read, Stephen Cambridge University Press. 370-395.
  • Uckelman, Sara L. & Lagerlund, Henrik (2016). Logic in the 13th Century. In Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic. Read, Stephen & Dutilh Novaes, Catarina Cambridge University Press. 119-141.
  • Uckelman, Sara L. & Chan, Phoebe (2016). Against Truth-Conditional Theories of Meaning: Three Lessons from the Language(s) of Fiction. Res Philosophica 2(93): 1-19.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Dr SL Uckelman - Durham University". www.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  2. "dynamic epistemology -". 3:AM Magazine. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  3. "Dr Sara L. Uckelman". community.dur.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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