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Börje Bydén

Researcher

Börje Bydén
Researcher
borje.byden@gu.se

Room number: T303
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.flov.gu.se
flov@flov.gu.se

Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Börje Bydén

I received my PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2003. My thesis bore the descriptive title Theodore Metochites and the Study of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Early Palaiologan Byzantium. Since then, I have had various employments as a researcher and a teacher at the University of Gothenburg (2003–04, 2005–06) and Stockholm University (2007–11). I spent the year 2004–05 as a post-doc fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and the autumn term of 2006 as a senior fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC.

My field of expertise lies in the reception of ancient philosophy and science in the Greek Middle Ages, but I have also published on Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle, and taught a wide variety of topics from Greek grammar as well as Greek poetry and prose to the modern reception of Classical literature. I am a text editor, currently working on the editio princeps of Theodore Metochites’ commentary on Aristotle’s De anima. I have translated Aristotle’s De interpretatione, Sophistical refutations and Metaphysics into Swedish.

Within R&R I am Director of the section for the Greek Tradition. My own subproject is concerned with the interpretation of the Aristotelian notions of phantasia and nous and their use in theories of concept formation in late antique and Byzantine authors.

(I) Authorship

(a) forthcoming (submitted but not yet published)

(1) ‘Photios and the Non-Synonymy of Substance: Amphilochia 138’, in Sten Ebbesen, John Marenbon & Paul Thom (eds), Aristotle’s Categories in the Byzantine, Arabic and Latin Traditions. To be published in Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Scientia Danica, series H, Humanistica (peer-reviewed), København.

(2) ‘“No Prince of Perfection”: Byzantine Anti-Aristotelianism from the Patristic Period to Plethon’, in Dimiter Angelov & Michael Saxby (eds), Power and Subversion in Byzantium. Papers of the 43rd Annual Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies (peer-reviewed). To be published by Ashgate, 2013.

(3) ‘Aristoteles’ kanon, eller, Vad är filosofi?’, in Eva-Carin Gerö & Hans-Roland Johnsson (eds), Periferi och centrum. Expected publication in 2012/13.

(4) ‘Nikephoros Gregoras’ Commentary on Synesius, De insomniis’. Article for Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (ed.), Synesius, De insomniis, SAPERE (Göttingen).

(5) Review of Colin Partenie (ed.), Plato’s Myths (2009), for Rhizomata, vol. 1 (De Gruyter, peer-reviewed).

(6) Review of Efthymios Nicolaidis, Science and Eastern Orthodoxy: From the Greek Fathers to the Age of Globalization (Baltimore, 2011) for Isis (University of Chicago Press, peer-reviewed).

(7) Review of Niketas Siniossoglou, Radical Platonism in Byzantium: Illumination and Utopia in Gemistos Plethon (Cambridge, 2011) for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham, peer-reviewed).

(8) ‘“Is the Soul Immortal or Not?” Theodore Metochites’ Final Example of Aristotle’s Obscurity (Semeiosis 3.7)’, in Jozef Matula (ed.), The Body-Soul Problem in Byzantine Thought.

(b) published

2012a. ‘A Case for Creationism: Christian Cosmology in the 5th and 6th Centuries’, in Börje Bydén & Katerina Ierodiakonou (eds), The Many Faces of Byzantine Philosophy, 79–107. Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens 1.

2012b. ‘Greek Philosophy’, with Katerina Ierodiakonou, in John Marenbon (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, 29–57. Oxford University Press.

2012c. ‘Imprimatur? Unconventional punctuation and diacritics in mss of mediaeval Greek philosophical works’, in Alessandra Bucossi & Erika Kihlman (eds), Ars Edendi Lecture Series, vol. 2 (Stockholm), 155–72.

2012d. ‘The Criticism of Aristotle in Nikephoros Gregoras’ Florentius’, in Denis Searby, Ewa Balicka-Witakowska & Johan Heldt (eds), ΔΩΡΟΝ ΡΟΔΟΠΟΙΚΙΛΟΝ: Studies in Honour of Jan Olof Rosenqvist (Uppsala), 107–22.

2012e. ‘Philosophy, Byzantine’, in Roger Bagnall (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wileys-Blackwell.

2011a. ‘Natural Philosophy, Byzantine’, in Henrik Lagerlund (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer Verlag.

2011b. ‘Epistemology, Byzantine’, in Henrik Lagerlund (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer Verlag.

2011c. ‘Theodore Metochites’, in Henrik Lagerlund (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer Verlag.

2011d. ‘Leo Magentinus’, in Henrik Lagerlund (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy. Springer Verlag.

2010a. ‘Philosophy, Byzantine’, in Robert Bjork (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press.

2010b. ‘Arethas’, in Robert Bjork (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press.

2009. Review of David Sedley, Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity. Sather Classical Lectures 66. Berkeley & Los Angeles, 2007. Bryn Mawr Classical Review <http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-05-16.html>.

2008a. ‘Byzantine Philosophy’, with Katerina Ierodiakonou. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

2008b. Review of Γεώργιος Παχυμέρης, Φιλοσοφία. Βιβλίον ἑνδέκατον. Τὰ Ἠθικά, ἤτοι τὰ Νικομάχεια. Editio princeps. Προλεγόμενα, κείμενο, εὑρετήρια ὑπὸ Κωνσταντίνου Οἰκονομάκου. Commentaria in Aristotelem Byzantina 3. Athen, 2005. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 58, 261–63.

2008c. Theodorus METOCHITES Phil., Polyhist. {3191}: $*STOIXEI/WSIS A)STRONOMIKH/& {3191.014}. TLG Post CD-ROM #E Authors. tlg.uci.edu (= 2003, 417–74).

2006a. Review (in Swedish) of Platon, Skrifter: Bok 4, översättning, förord och noter av Jan Stolpe. Annex hösten 2006, 33–35.

2006b. ‘Λογοτεχνικές καινοτομίες στα πρώιμα παλαιολόγεια υπομνήματα στο Περὶ ψυχῆς του Αριστοτέλη (Literary Innovation in the Early Palaeologan Commentaries on Aristotle’s De anima)’, Υπόμνημα στη Φιλοσοφία 4, 221–51.

2006c. Review of Simplicius, On Aristotle’s On the Heavens 2.1–9. Translated by Ian Mueller. Ithaca, N.Y., 2004. Bryn Mawr Classical Review http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2006/2006-05-07.html.

2005a. Review of Georgios Pachymeres, Philosophia Buch 10: Kommentar zur Metaphysik des Aristoteles. Editio princeps. Einleitung, Text, Indices von Eleni Pappa. Commentaria in Aristotelem Byzantina 2. Athen, 2002. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 55, 307–14.
2005b. ‘Some Remarks on the Text of Aristotle’s Metaphysics’, Classical Quarterly 55, 1:105–20.

2004. ‘“Strangle Them with These Meshes of Syllogisms”: Latin Philosophy in Greek Translations of the Thirteenth Century’, in Jan Olof Rosenqvist (ed.), Interaction and Isolation in Late Byzantine Culture. Papers Read at a Colloquium Held at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 1–5 December, 1999. SRII Transactions 13, 133–57. Stockholm.

2003. Theodore Metochites’ Stoicheiosis astronomike and the Study of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics in Early Palaiologan Byzantium. Studia Graeca et Latina Gotho¬burgensia 66. Göteborg. Revised edition of (2001).

2002a. ‘The Nature and Purpose of the Semeioseis gnomikai: The Antithesis of Philosophy and Rhetoric’, in Karin Hult, Theodore Metochites on Ancient Authors and Philosophy: Semeioseis gnomikai 1–26 & 71. A Critical Edition with Introduction, Translation, Notes, and Indexes. With a Contribution by Börje Bydén. Studia Graeca et Latina Gothoburgensia 65 (Göteborg), 245–88.

2002b. ‘“To Every Argument There Is a Counter-Argument”: Theodore Metochites’ Defence of Scepticism (Semeiosis 61)’, in Katerina Ierodiakonou (ed.), Byzantine Philosophy and Its Ancient Sources (Oxford), 183–217. (Revised paperback edition 2004.)

2001. Theodore Metochites’ Stoicheiosis astronomike and the Study of Philosophy in Early Palaiologan Byzantium. Disputationsupplaga. Göteborgs universitet.

2000. Aristoteles, De interpretatione och Om sofistiska vederläggningar. Översättning och noter av Börje Bydén. Med inledning av Sten Ebbesen. Stockholm.

1999a. ‘En tänkare vid statsrodret: kring Metochitesprojektet vid Göteborgs universitet’, in Karin Hult (ed.), Inga helgon precis …, Runica et mediaevalia: opuscula 5, 69-84. Stockholm.

1999b. ‘”A cool dry place”: filosofin i Bysans’, in Karin Hult (ed.), Inga helgon precis …, Runica et mediaevalia: opuscula 5, 59-68. Stockholm.

(d) work in progress

(1) ‘George Gemistos Plethon, On Aristotle’s Departures from Plato, 321.3–334.20: Text and Commentary’, with David Bloch, Sten Ebbesen, Heine Hansen, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Ana Maria Mora-Marquez & Miira Tuominen. Article for Börje Bydén & Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (eds), Papers on Aristotelian Logic and Metaphysics Presented to the Danish-Swedish Network for the Aristotelian Tradition in the Middle Ages (2009–2011). Deadline December 2012.

(2) Theodore Metochites, Commentary on Aristotle’s De anima: Critical Edition and English Translation. To be published in the series Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina, under the editorship of Dieter Harlfinger, Christof Rapp, Marwan Rashed & Diether Reinsch, by Walter de Gruyter Verlag (Berlin). Deadline 2013.

(3) ‘Platon i Byzans’, article for Jakob Fink & Kristian Larsen (eds), Fodnoter: Platon og hans idéhistoriske betydning, Gyldendal (København). Deadline September 2013.

(4) Aristoteles, Metafysiken. Swedish translation with introduction and notes. To be published by Artos & Norma bokförlag (Skellefteå).

(5) Theodore Metochites, Semeioseis gnomikai vol. 4 (Essays 82–120): A Critical Edition with Translation and Notes. To be published in the series Studia Graeca et Latina Gothoburgensia by Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis.

(II) Editorship

(a) The Many Faces of Byzantine Philosophy. With Katerina Ierodiakonou (Athens). Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens 1.

(b) Papers on Aristotelian Logic and Metaphysics Presented to the Danish-Swedish Network for the Aristotelian Tradition in the Middle Ages (2009–2011). With Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (Göteborg). To be published by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Press (Toronto), 2013.

Latest publications

Platon i Byzans
Börje Bydén
Platon: Værk og virkning, ed. Jakob Leth Fink & Kristian Larsen, Köpenhamn, Gyldendal, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Aristoteles’ kanon, eller, Vad är egentligen filosofi?
Börje Bydén
Periferi och centrum: Texter om marginalisering i förmodern tid, ed. Eva-Carin Gerö & Hans-Roland Johnsson, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Nikephoros Gregoras' Commentary on Synesius, De insomniis
Börje Bydén
On Prophecy, Dreams and Human Imagination: Synesius, De insomniis. Ed. D. A. Russell and H.-G. Nesselrath, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

“No Prince of Perfection”: Byzantine Anti-Aristotelianism from the Patristic Period to Plethon
Börje Bydén
Power and Subversion in Byzantium: Papers from the 43rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Birmingham, March 2010, Farnham, Ashgate, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Photios and the Non-Synonymy of Substance: Amphilochia 138
Börje Bydén
Aristotle’s Categories in the Byzantine, Arabic and Latin Traditions, ed. Sten Ebbesen, John Marenbon & Paul Thom, Köpenhamn, Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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2016

Platon i Byzans
Börje Bydén
Platon: Værk og virkning, ed. Jakob Leth Fink & Kristian Larsen, Köpenhamn, Gyldendal, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

2014

Aristoteles’ kanon, eller, Vad är egentligen filosofi?
Börje Bydén
Periferi och centrum: Texter om marginalisering i förmodern tid, ed. Eva-Carin Gerö & Hans-Roland Johnsson, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Nikephoros Gregoras' Commentary on Synesius, De insomniis
Börje Bydén
On Prophecy, Dreams and Human Imagination: Synesius, De insomniis. Ed. D. A. Russell and H.-G. Nesselrath, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

2013

“No Prince of Perfection”: Byzantine Anti-Aristotelianism from the Patristic Period to Plethon
Börje Bydén
Power and Subversion in Byzantium: Papers from the 43rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Birmingham, March 2010, Farnham, Ashgate, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Photios and the Non-Synonymy of Substance: Amphilochia 138
Börje Bydén
Aristotle’s Categories in the Byzantine, Arabic and Latin Traditions, ed. Sten Ebbesen, John Marenbon & Paul Thom, Köpenhamn, Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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