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Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist


Philosophy and Philology
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Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
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Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

I am a a classical philologist specialized in textual criticism and in the reception of Aristotle in Late Antiquity and the Medieval West, in particular in the reception of Aristotle’s syllogistic theory. Since 2013, I also work on medieval natural philosophy and the reception of Aristotle’s works on perception and on sleep and dreams.

Since 2016, I am Professor of Latin, University of Gothenburg.


I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Gothenburg in 2001 with a critical edition of Boethius’ De syllogismo categorico. Between 2004 and 2007, I held a position as post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Gothenburg, funded by the Swedish Research Council and worked mainly on a critical edition and commentary on Boethius’ other monograph on the categorical syllogism, commonly known under the title Introductio ad syllogismos categoricos. Both editions appeared in 2008.

For 2008–2009, I was granted further funding by the Swedish Research Council to produce a critical edition of a large fragment of the earliest known Latin commentary on the Prior Analytics, the ‘Anonymus Aurelianensis III’ (MS Orléans, Bibliothèque municipale, 283, 12th c.). The edition appeared with Brill Publishers in 2015.

2009–2011, I was coordinator of the Scandinavian research network The Aristotelian Tradition: The Reception of Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics in the Middle Ages which was funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond.

From 2009 to 2011, the network gradually expanded and developed into Representation and Reality: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition, a research programme on the Medieval reception of Aristotle’s Parva naturalia in the Greek, Latin and Byzantine traditions, funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond by SEK 32 700 000 and lead my me 2013–2019.

During 2019–2024, I am project leader of the research project Filling the Gap: Medieval Aristotelian Logic 1240–1360. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council by SEK 17 800 000. It is a collaboration between Laurent Cesalli, Université de Gèneve, Leone Gazziero, Université de Lille, and myself. Three postdocs will be recruited and hired during the project, one at each of the three universities involved in the collaboration. My own main contribution to the project will be a critical edition of Simon of Faversham’s (†1306) quaestiones on the Prior Analytics which is now in progress.


I have taught Latin and textual criticism regularly at the University of Gothenburg since 1998. In collaboration with Filip Radovic, Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, GU, I initiated and developed the BA programme in Liberal Arts which was launched at the University of Gothenburg in 2011. In collaboration with colleagues at the department, I have more recently developed an international MA programme in The History of Philosophy and Classical Philology (2016–) and a PhD programme within the same field (2019–).

In addition to teaching and research, I have held a number of administrative positions. I was Vice Dean for education at the Faculty of Arts 2011–2013 and Head of Department for the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science 2014–2016.

Forthcoming publications 2019–2020:

Book chapters:

  • “Aristotle and his Early Latin Commentators on Motion and Memory in Sleep” in (2) below
  • “How Dreams are Made. Some Latin Commentators on Dream Formation in Aristotle’s De insomniis” (in 1, vol. 2, below)
  • “Affected by the Matter. The Question of Plant Perception in the Medieval Latin Tradition” (in 1, vol. 1, below)
  • "A Stain on the Bronze: Some Medieval Latin Commentators on De insomniis 2.459b23–460a23" i proceedings från Mind and Body: Aspects of Medieval Natural Philosophy, Lodz June 13–14th 2019, ed. M. Gensler, M. Mansfeld, M. Michałowska, Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action, Springer.

Critical editions with introduction and notes:

  • Siger of Brabant(?) and Anonymus Angelicani 549: Quaestiones super librum De somno et vigilia (MS Rome, Bibl. Angel., 549, and MS München, BSB, Clm. 9559).
  • Simon of Faversham: Quaestiones super Analytica priora.

Edited works:

  • With Juhana Toivanen, University of Jyväskylä:
  1. Sleep and Dreams in the Aristotelian Tradition,
  2. Concept formation in the Aristotelian Tradition
  • With Véronique Decaix, Université Paris 1: Anthology: Memory and Recollection in the Aristotelian Tradition: Essays on the Reception of Aristotle’s De memoria et reminiscentia. Studia artistarum, Brepols Publishers.