Dr. Charles Bolyard
Office: Cleveland 113
Phone: (540) 568-2830
Fax: (540) 568-8072
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor Bolyard specializes in the study of Medieval Philosophy, with particular emphasis on the epistemological and metaphysical issues debated therein. His work to date has focused on the fate of skepticism during the middle ages, ranging from Augustine’s seemingly decisive refutation of it in the patristic period, to its re-emergence as a live philosophical possibility during the scholasticism of the high middle ages (as seen, e.g., in Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus, and Peter Auriol). Professor Bolyard also investigates the interplay between Medieval Philosophy and the philosophy of the Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and Early Modern periods. He was a recipient of a Fulbright Core Scholar Award for study in Cyprus in 2013.
In addition to standard and honors sections of Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking, Professor Bolyard regularly teaches higher-level courses focusing on Medieval Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Self and Identity, and the Problem of Universals. He also co-directs a summer study abroad program in Greece, which is offered every other year. He was the Carl Harter Distinguished Teacher for the College of Arts and letters for 2011-2012.
“Truth and Certainty in Peter Auriol”, Vivarium 53.1 (2015), pp. 45-64.
“Henry of Harclay on Knowing Many Things at Once”, Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales 81.1 (2014), pp. 75-93.
“Accidents in Scotus’s Metaphysics Commentary”, in Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele (eds.), Later Medieval Metaphysics: Ontology, Language, and Logic (Fordham University Press, 2013), pp. 84-99.
Later Medieval Metaphysics: Ontology, Language, and Logic, co-edited with Rondo Keele. (Fordham University Press, 2013).
"Medieval Skepticism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
“Augustine, Epicurus, and External World Skepticism”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 44.2 (2006), pp. 157-168.