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Emmanuel Bermon
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Email: ebermon@free. fr ; ebermon@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr
Position: Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Bordeaux Montaigne
Address: Domaine universitaire – F-33607 PESSAC Cedex
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Late Antiquity, History of metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Research Center : SPH (Sciences-Philosophie-Humanités) (EA 4574)

Higher Education and Degrees:

  • 1989-1995: Fellow of the École Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Paris.
  • 1991: “Agrégation” in Philosophy.
  • 1991-1993: Study Leave in the U.S.A.
  • 1995: Research Scholarship at the Fondation Hardt, pour l’étude de l’Antiquité, Vandœuvres, Switzerland.
  • 1999: PhD in Philosophy (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). Thesis: “Le Cogito dans la pensée de saint Augustin”. Committee: Rémi BRAGUE (supervisor) (Paris I), Monique DIXSAUT (Paris I), Carlos LEVY (Paris XII), Jean-Luc MARION (Paris IV), Jean PEPIN (CNRS).
  • 2005: “Habilitation” (Université of Bordeaux). Topic: “La Question de l’esprit (mens) dans la philosophie de saint Augustin”. Committee: Carlos LEVY (supervisor) (Paris IV-La Sorbonne), Claudie LAVAUD (Bordeaux), Ali BENMAKHLOUF (Nice Sophia Antipolis), Myles BURNYEAT (All Souls College, Oxford University), Patrice CAMBRONNE (Bordeaux), Jean-Louis CHRETIEN (Paris IV-La Sorbonne), Gerard O’DALY (University College London).

Professional Experience and distinctions:

  • 1991-1992: Teaching Assistant at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., U.S.A.
  • 1992-1993: Teacher in philosophy at the Lycée Français de New York.
  • 1995-1999: Research Fellow at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
  • 1999-2009: Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux (History of Ancient Philosophy).
  • 2002-2004: Research Fellow at the CNRS (UPR 76, « Histoire des doctrines de la fin de l’Antiquité et du Haut Moyen-Âge/L’Année Philologique »).
  • 2007-2012: Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
  • 2009-: Professor at the University of Bordeaux (History of metaphysics and philosophy of religion).
  • 2011: Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
  • 2012 : Summer Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study.
  • 2017-2018: Research Fellow at the CNRS (UMR 8230, Centre Jean Pépin).
  • April 2018: Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP)
  • 2020: Carl Friedrich von Siemens-Forschungspreis der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung winner.

Editorial Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the “Bibliothèque Augustinienne” (Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, Paris, CNRS) (2009-2014).

Expert assignments:

  • Expert for the AERES (French “Agence de l’Évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur”), the FRS-FNRS (Belgian “Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique”), and the Research in Paris Program funded by the City of Paris.

Main Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Philosophy Department of the University of Bordeaux (1999-2002).
  • Manager of Socrates-Erasmus agreements with universities of Hamburg, Birmingham, Brussels (Saint-Louis), Salamanca, Turin, Porto, and Cluj (1999-2002).
  • Member of the Council of the Humanities Department of the University of Bordeaux (2010-2014).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Research Center “Lumières-Nature-Société” of the University of Bordeaux (2007-2011).

Conferences and Workshops organized :

  • Workshop Les Parva naturalia d’Aristote, Bordeaux, 27 April 2001.
    With Jean-Louis LABARRIERE (CNRS), David LEFEBVRE (École Normale Supérieure), Pierre-Marie MOREL (Paris I), and Marwan RASHED (CNRS).
  • Workshop Nature et éducation dans la Politique d’Aristote, Bordeaux, 4 May 2007 (co-organizers: Jean TERREL and Valéry LAURAND).
    With Sophie KLIMIS (Université de Saint-Louis), David LEFEBVRE (Paris IV), Sylvain ROUX (Université de Poitiers), and Thomas BENATOUÏL (Université de Nancy).
  • International Conference Aristote et l’excellence politique, Bordeaux, 11-14 June 2008 (co-organizers: Jean TERREL, Valéry LAURAND, and Pierre PELLEGRIN, with the support of the Institut Universitaire de France).
    With Richard BODEÜS (Université de Montréal), Emmanuel BERMON (Bordeaux/IUF), Susan COLLINS (Houston University), Annick JAULIN (Paris I), Jean-Louis LABARRIERE (CNRS), Valéry LAURAND (Bordeaux), David LEFEBVRE (Université Paris IV), Don MORRISON (Rice University), Pierre PELLEGRIN (CNRS), Alain PETIT (Université de Clermont-Ferrand), Christoph RAPP (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Malcolm SCHOFIELD (University of Cambridge), Peter SIMPSON (City University of New York), Judith SWANSON (Boston University), and Jean TERREL (Bordeaux), Stephen WHITE (University of Texas at Austin).
  • International Conference Le début des Recherches Philosophiques de Wittgenstein, Bordeaux, 4-5 June 2009 (co-organizer: Jean-Philippe NARBOUX, with the support of the Institut Universitaire de France).
    With Juliet FLOYD (Boston University), Martin GUSTAFSSON (University of Stockholm), Charles TRAVIS (King’s College), Emmanuel BERMON (Université de Bordeaux 3/IUF), Élise MARROU (Université de Paris 10), Jean-Philippe NARBOUX (Université de Bordeaux 3), Denis PERRIN (Université de Grenoble), and Antonia SOULEZ (Université de Paris 8).
  • International Conference Le De Trinitate de saint Augustin : exégèse, logique et noétique, Bordeaux, 16-19 June 2010 (co-organizer: Gerard O’DALY, University College London, with the support of the Institut Universitaire de France).
    With Isabelle BOCHET (Centre Sèvres, Paris), Emmanuel BERMON (Université de Bordeaux/IUF), Marie-Odile BOULNOIS (École Pratique des Hautes Études), Anne-Isabelle BOUTON-TOUBOULIC (Université de Bordeaux), Johannes BRACHTENDORF (Universität Tübingen), John CAVADINI (Notre Dame University), Beatrice CILLERAI (Università di Pisa), Mark EDWARDS (Christ Church, Oxford), Christophe ERISMANN (University of Helsinki), Christoph HORN (Universität Bonn), Peter KING (University of Toronto), Josef LÖSSL (Cardiff University), Scott MACDONALD (Cornell University), Gerard O’DALY (University College London), and Jean-Marie SALAMITO (Université Paris IV).
  • International Workshop Le livre XIII du De Trinitate d’Augustin, Bordeaux, 21-22 June 2010 organized by Christoph HORN (Bonn Universität) and Emmanuel BERMON, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Fondation, the Institut Universitaire de France, and Cornell University (Projet Transcoop Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind).
    With Emmanuel BERMON (Université Bordeaux 3), Anne-Isabelle BOUTON-TOUBOULIC (Université Bordeaux 3), Christophe ERISMANN (University of Helsinki), Benjamin GLEEDE (Universität Tübingen), Christoph HORN (Universität Bonn), Peter KING (University of Toronto), Scott MACDONALD (Cornell University), Anna SCHRIEFL (Universität Bonn).
  •  International Workshop Augustine on Consciousness, Bordeaux, 10-12 September 2012 (organized with Scott MACDONALD).
    With Peter ADAMSON (Universität München), Emmanuel BERMON (Université Bordeaux 3), Charles BRITTAIN (Cornell University), Susan BROWER-TOLAND (Saint Louis University), Scott MACDONALD (Cornell University).
  • International Workshop The Correspondence between Augustine and Nebridius (ep. 3-14), Villejuif, Centre Jean Pépin, 17-18 May 2018 (organized with Scott MACDONALD, Charles BRITTAIN).
    With Nate BULTHUIS (Colgate University), Scott MACDONALD (Cornell University), Emmanuel BERMON (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), Charles BRITTAIN (Cornell University), Philippe HOFFMANN (École Pratique des Hautes-Études), Karin SCHLAPBACH (Université de Fribourg), Matthew DREVER (University of Tulsa), Christian TORNAU (Universität Würzburg), Lenka KARFIKOVA (Charles University Prague).

Lectures:

  • « La théorie des passions chez saint Augustin », Workshop La théorie des passions : le legs médiéval, organized by P.-F. MOREAU, Fontenay-aux-Roses, 4 April 1997.
  • « La sémantique augustinienne : “ Tous les mots sont des noms ” », Société philosophique de Bordeaux, Athénée municipal, 15 May 2003.
  • « Les Academica de Cicéron et le Contra Academicos de saint Augustin », Doctoral Seminar of Carlos LEVY, La Sorbonne, 2 March 2004.
  • « Comment Augustin apprit à parler : à propos du début des Recherches philosophiques de Wittgenstein et du premier livre des Confessions », International Workshop Wittgenstein et l’autonomie des normes, Université Bordeaux 3 / University of Chicago, organized by Jean-Philippe NARBOUX, 16 March 2007.
  • « Le Songe de Scipion dans la correspondance entre saint Augustin et Nectarius de Calama », International Conference The Dream of Scipio and its Tradition, organized by Jean-Louis LABARRIERE, Maison française d’Oxford/Faculty of Classics, 18-19 May 2007.
  • « Le problème de la médiation chez Platon et chez Augustin », Doctoral Conference Les passions : une question théologique ? organized by Marc SHERWIN and Luc-Thomas SOMME, Université de Fribourg (Swiss), 7 December 2007.
  • « Contra Academicos uel de Academicis » (Retract. I, 1) : Augustin et les Academica de Cicéron », Workshop Une tradition sceptique à Rome ? Les Academica de Cicéron et leur réception antique, organized by Anne-Isabelle BOUTON-TOUBOULIC and Sylvie FRANCHET D’ESPEREY, Bordeaux, Maison de l’Archéologie-Ausonius, 3 January 2008.
  • « Une image de l’excellence politique comparable à un couteau de Delphes : la navigation des marins (Aristote, Pol. III, 4, 1276b16-34) », International Conference Aristote et l’excellence politique, organized by Emmanuel BERMON, Valéry LAURAND and Jean TERREL, Bordeaux, 11-14 June 2008.
  • « Wittgenstin lecteur d’Augustin », International conference Le début des Recherches Philosophiques de Wittgenstein, organized par Emmanuel BERMON and Jean-Philippe NARBOUX Bordeaux, 4-5 June 2009.
  • “A Reading of De Trinitate 10.3.5-4.6”, International Workshop on Augustine’s De Trinitate Books 9 and 10, organized in Bonn by Christoph HORN, Charles BRITTAIN et Scott MACDONALD, 22-24 June 2009 (Projet Transcoop Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind).
  • « La doctrine de la liberté chez saint Augustin et son évolution dans la controverse anti-pélagienne », Doctoral Seminar of Olivier BOULNOIS, École Pratique des Hautes Études, 2 Febuary 2010.
  • « La liberté et la grâce : introduction aux Confessions de saint Augustin », Program « Un thème un texte » organized by Philippe TOUCHET for the continuing education of the teachers in philosophy of the Académie de Versailles, Lycée La Folie Saint-James, Neuilly, 24 March 2010.
  • “The finitude of the world according to Augustine : on Letter 3 to Nebridius”, Augustine Lecture given at Cornell University (Sage School of Philosophy) at the invitation of Scott MACDONALD, 23 April 2010.
  • “On Augustine’s De magistro 2-4”, 12th Annual Augustine Lectio, organized by Scott MACDONALD (Cornell University), Charles BRITTAIN (Cornell University), Gareth MATTHEWS (UMASS) and William MANN (University of Vermont), 24 April 2010, Cornell University.
  • « Exégèse, logique et noétique dans le De Trinitate », International Conference Le De Trinitate de saint Augustin : exégèse, logique et noétique, Bordeaux, 16-19 June 2010.
  • « La connaissance par conjecture de la volonté d’autrui (De Trinitate, XIII, 3, 6) », International Workshop on De Trinitate book XIII, organized by Christoph HORN (Bonn Universität) and Emmanuel BERMON, 21-22 June 2010, Bordeaux, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Fondation, the “Institut Universitaire de France”, and Cornell University (Projet Transcoop Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind).
  • De immortalitate animae 4, 5-6”, Philologische, philosophische und theologische Probleme von Augustins Schrift De immortalitate animae : Ein Kolloquium, Kloster Bronnbach bei Wertheim, 7-10 July 2010, organized by Volker Hennung DRECOLL (Universität Tübingen) and Christian TORNAU (Universität Würzburg).
  • « L’opposition entre le nombre sensible et le nombre intelligible dans la philosophie de saint Augustin », Lecture at the Université de Lausanne, at the invitation of Christophe ERISMANN, 8 April 2011.
  • “On De Trinitate 15.23-26”, International Workshop on Augustine’s De Trinitate 14-15 organized by Christoph HORN, Charles BRITTAIN and Scott MACDONALD at King’s College, London, 10-12 June 2011 (Projet Transcoop Augustine’s Philosophy of Mind).
  • « Le naturel et l’institué : conceptions antiques de l’esclavage (Aristote, Grégoire de Nysse, Augustin) », « Journée d’études en hommage à Jean Terrel », organized by Guillaume LE BLANC at the University of Bordeaux, 28 June 2011.
  • “Grammar and metaphysics : About the forms ‘essendi’, ‘essendo’, ‘essendum’, and ‘essens’ in Augustine’s Ars grammatica breuiata (IV, 31 Weber)”, Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 8th-12th August 2011.
  • Workshop on Plotinus’ Treatise 53 : On the living being (Enn. I, 1) (organized bu Charles BRITTAIN), Cornell University, 28-30 October 2011.
  • “Ancient Cosmology in the Light of Modern Physics: the Case of Augustine’s Letter 3”, Angelos CHANIOTIS’ Seminar: “Ancient Studies: Sources and Methods”, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Dec. 6 2011.
  • “Heavenly Inspired Dreams: Augustine’s Letters 8 & 9”, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division 2011-2012, Washington D.C., Dec. 29 2011.
  • Cornell Summer Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy (org. Scott MACDONALD), 31 May-2 June 2012, Hans Bethe House.
  • « L’auto-connaissance intellectuelle d’après le livre X du De Trinitate de saint Augustin (X, 3, 5-4, 6) », Seminar in Ancient philosophy, Paris I-CNRS-Lille 3, organized by Annick JAULIN and Michel CRUBELLIER, Université Paris I, 5 May 2012.
  • “Knowledge of the self and knowledge of itself in Plato and Aristotle”, VIIe Celtic Conference in Classics, 5-8 September 2012, Université Bordeaux 3, Panel “The Language of knowledge in Ancient Philosophy” organized by Fritz-Gregor HERRMANN (Swansea university) and Walter CAVINI (Università di Bologna).
  • “Intellectual Self-knowledge according to book X of Augustine’s De Trinitate (X, 3, 5-4, 6)”, International Workshop Augustine on Consciousness, Bordeaux, 10-12 September 2012, organized by Emmanuel BERMON and Scott MACDONALD, with the support of Cornell University and the IUF.
  • « Comment faire voir des images en rêve ? Les Lettres 8 et 9 de la correspondance entre Augustin et Nebridius », Seminar « La tradition du néoplatonisme latin au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance » org. by Alain GALONNIER (UPR 76 – Centre Jean Pépin) and Hélène CASANOVA-ROBIN (Université Paris-Sorbonne), 30 March 2013.
  • “The Modes of Divine Presence according to Augustine : Ubiquity, Self-immanence, and Inhabitation”, international Colloquium Greek, Latin, and Arabic Approaches to Omnipresence, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, The Topoi Excellence Cluster, 26-27 July 2013.
  • “Augustine and Neoplatonists on Omnipresence”, The B Club (Joint Seminar with Faculty of Divinity), Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity, Lightfoot Room, 2 December 2013.
  • “Coping with the Ineffable: Wittgenstein and Augustine on the Duty of Saying Words that are Doomed to Fall Short”, Getting there and Falling short: an Interdisciplinary Conference on Complex Content, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study, May 18-20, 2015, organized by Juliette KENNEDY and Merja POLVINEN.
  • “How is it possible to make one see images in a dream ? Letters 8 and 9 from the Correspondence between Augustine and Nebridius”: Workshop International: “Text – Subtext – Context: 
On the Way to a Comprehensive Commentary of the Augustinian Letters”, Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, 10-14 August, 2015, co-organized by Volker Hennung DRECOLL (Universität Tübingen), Charlotte KÖCKER (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Winrich LÖHR (Universität Heidelberg), Hildegung MÜLLER (University of Notre Dame), Christian TORNAU (Universität Würzburg) and the Zentrum für Augustinusforschung (Würzburg).
  • “The Finitude of the World According to Augustine’s Letter 3 to Nebridius”, Final Conference of the Project Narses (Nature and Religion in South Eastern European Space: mapping Science and Eastern Christianity religions in South Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean) in Athens (National Hellenic Research Foundation), September 3 to 5, 2015, organized by Efthymios NICOLAIDIS.
  • “Le livre XI du De Trinitate”, XLVIII Settimana Agostiniana Pavese, Il De Trinitate di Agostino di Ippona : “Lettura dei libri IX-XII”, Università di Pavia, Aula Scarpa, 21 April 2016.
  • 2016 : “Augustine as a Starting Point for the Presentation of Wittgenstein’s
    Second Philosophy”, Crossing Worlds: Mathematical logic, philosophy, art.
    An interdisciplinary meeting in honour of Juliette Kennedy, University of Helsinki, 3-4 June 2016.
  • 2017 : « Saint Thomas d’Aquin et Vitoria : de l’acceptation à l’abolition de l’esclavage des esclaves par nature d’Aristote », XIV International Congress of the SIEPM: Homo – Natura – Mundus : Human Beings and their Relationships,
    Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 24-28, 2017.
  • 2017 : “De Genesi ad litteram, Book IV”, Internationale Tagung in Tübingen: Augustins „De Genesi ad litteram“, Evangelisches Stift Tübingen, 9. Okt. – 12. Okt. 2017; Veranstalter: Tübinger Augustinus-Zentrum (Johannes Brachtendorf & Volker Drecoll) in Kooperation mit “The Augustinian Institute”, Villanova University, USA.
  • 2018 : “Letters 8 and 9”, International Workshop The Correspondence between Augustine et Nebridius, Centre Jean Pépin, Villejuif, les 17-18 mai (organisé par Emmanuel BERMON, Scott MACDONALD et Charles BRITTAIN avec le soutien du CNRS et de Cornell University).
  • 2019 : « Commitment to Public Life and Adherence to God according to a Letter from Nebridius to Augustine (ap. Aug., Ep. 5) », XVIII International Conference on Patristics Studies, Oxford, 23rd August 2019.
  • 2019 : « The Augustinian Proof for the Immortality of the Soul », University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy 2019, organized by Deborah Black, Peter King, and Martin Pickavé, Friday, September 20, Session I (4:30 – 6:30) ; Chair : Therese Cory (University of Notre Dame) ; Commentator : Scott MacDonald (Cornell University).
  • 2019 : « Comment pouvons-nous imaginer des choses que nous n’avons jamais vues ? À propos de la Lettre 7 d’Augustin à Nebridius », International colloquium, Theories of Vision: Augustine of Hippo and the Augustinian Tradition, organized by Paula Silva, José Meirinhos, and José Higuera, Porto, November 14th and 15th, 2019.

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