Jan Pinborg

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Jan Pinborg (1937–1982) was a renowned historian of medieval linguistics and philosophy of language, and the most famous member of the Copenhagen School of Medieval Philosophy pioneered by Heinrich Roos in the 1940s.[1] Pinborg was a pupil of Roos.


  • Die Entwicklung der Sprachtheorie im Mittelalter, Münster: Aschendorff, 1967.
  • Logik und Semantik im Mittelalter: ein Überblick, with an afterword by von Helmut Kohlenberger, Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 1972. (Italian translation: Logica e Semantica nel Medioevo, Torino: Boringhieri, 1984.)
  • Medieval Semantics: Selected Studies on Medieval Logic and Grammar, edited by Sten Ebbesen, London: Variorum Reprints, 1984.
  • Jan Pinborg (ed.), The Logic of John Buridan: Acts of the 3rd European Symposium on Medieval Logic and Semantics, Copenhagen, 16-21 November 1975, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, 1976.

He was a co-editor, along with Norman Kretzmann and Anthony Kenny, of The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy (1982).


  1. ^ Sten Ebbesen and Russell L. Friedman (1999), eds., Medieval Analyses in Language and Cognition Acts of the Symposium, the Copenhagen School of Medieval Philosophy, January 10–13, 1996, Organized by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Institute for Greek and Latin, University of Copenhagen, p 77.

Sources and further reading[edit]

  • Norman Kretzmann, Anthony Kenny, and Jan Pinborg, (eds), with Eleanor Stump, associate editor. The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Disintegration of Scholasticism, 1100-1600, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
  • Norman Kretzmann (ed.). Meaning and Inference in Medieval Philosophy: Studies in Memory of Jan Pinborg, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1988.
  • G. L. Bursill-Hall, Sten Ebbesen, and Konrad Koerner (eds.). De Ortu Grammaticae: Studies in Medieval Grammar and Linguistic Theory in Honor of Jan Pinborg, Philadelphia: J. Benjamins, 1990.