Dr Sara L. Uckelman
Dr Sara Uckelman is a Lecturer of Philosophy at Durham University. She joined the department in 2014, having previously held research posts in Heidelberg, Tilburg, and Amsterdam.
Her primary research is in the realm of formal modeling and interactive logic. She is interested in bringing togther tools and techniques from modern logic and artificial intelligence to help explore and understand practices of reasoning and argumentation in historical contexts. Her personal research is primarily focused on developments in medieval Western Europe, particularly in medieval theories of obligationes.
She is also interested in abstract dialogue and argumentation systems, the influence of theology on the development of medieval logic, computational social choice and medieval economic and trade history.
Her research interests include Mathematical Logic; Medieval Modal, Temporal and Tense Logic; Onomastics; Philosophical Logic; Philosophy of Fiction and Philosophy of Language.
She is the Editor-in-Chief and Principal Investigator of the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, and an Associate Editor of Journal of Logic, Language, and Information.
Dr Nathan Gilbert
Dr Nathan Gilbert is an Assistant Professor in Latin Literature in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. He came to Durham from the University of Toronto, where he completed his PhD in Classics in June 2015 and lectured the following year; thereafter he joined Durham as a Junior Research Fellow (2016-17). His research examines Cicero's philosophical works in light of his interactions with his philosophically-inclined Roman contemporaries, such as Atticus, Brutus, Cassius, or Varro. Dr Gilbert believes that doing so allows us to better understand the genesis and originality of the philosophica--in contrast to older approaches which see Cicero's treatises as mere copies or translations of musty books of lost Hellenistic philosophers. Other interests include Epicureanism and the Herculaneum papyri, as well as the social history of ancient philosophy, particularly in Republican Rome. He has recently developed a side-project on Montaigne's reception of Lucretius; he hopes to explore the reception of ancient philosophy in the Renaissance in greater detail down the road.