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Associate Professor Adriane Rini PhD

Associate Professor

School of Humanities

Adriane Rini first joined Massey in 1999. Her principal interests are the history of logic, Aristotle, and the philosophical applications of modern formal logic. Her research has earned numerous awards and honours including a Foreign Fellowship at the Royal Flemish Academy (2010), and three Marsden Grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand (2003,2006,2010). She was visiting associate professor at TexasA&M University (2007) and has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of California-Davis, and Victoria University of Wellington. She is author of two books: Aristotle’s Modal Proofs (Springer 2011) and, with M.J. Cresswell, The World-Time Parallel (Cambridge 2012). 

 

Other Professional Activities

2015-2017     Member of the Philosophy and Ethics Expert Panel (Cult5), Flemish Research Organization

2012-2014     Member of the Humanities Panel (HUM), Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand

2013              Convenor, Working Party on the Future of the Organization of New Zealand Philosophy

2012-             Member of the Association of Women in the Sciences, New Zealand

2012-2015     Member of the Committee for Philosophy in Higher Education, Australasian Association of Philosophy

2011-2015     New Zealand Representative, Council of the Australasian Association of Philosophy

2011-2015     Member of the Standing Committee for Women and Philosophy, Australasian Association of Philosophy

2010-2012     Secretary of the New Zealand Division, Australasian Association of Philosophy

2010-             Member of the Association of Symbolic Logic

2010-             Member of the Committee for Logic in Australasia, in the Association of Symbolic Logic

2009              NZ Representative, Women in Philosophy: A Symposium, the Australia National University, Canberra

2009              President Australasian Association of Philosophy (New Zealand Division)

2008              Founding Member, Women@Massey

Adriane Rini first joined Massey in 1999. Her principal interests are the history of logic, Aristotle, and the philosophical applications of modern formal logic. Her research has earned numerous awards and honours including a Foreign Fellowship at the Royal Flemish Academy (2010), and three Marsden Grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand (2003,2006,2010). She was visiting associate professor at TexasA&M University (2007) and has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of California-Davis, and Victoria University of Wellington. She is author of two books: Aristotle’s Modal Proofs (Springer 2011) and, with M.J. Cresswell, The World-Time Parallel (Cambridge 2012). 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 5, Columbo Village Building 3
    Campus: Turitea
  • Location: Postal Address:, School of Humanities, Massey University, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massachusetts (1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Smith College (1990)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

CURRENT RESEARCH 2015: 

A Natural History of Necessity -- 2010 Marsden Grant (Royal Society of New Zealand)

Where does necessity come from? Is necessity just a feature of human language? Is necessity perhaps some part of the world? Even the earliest philosophers attempted to answer these questions, and the debate about the real source of necessity still burns today. But what has motivated philosophers' various attempts to answer, and how can we understand their changing views? This research is part of a collaborative Marsden-funded project with Edwin Mares and Max Cresswell (VUW), and with Kasper Christensen our PhD student. 

The purpose of the grant is to support our collaboration on a book about the history of necessity. Mares, Cresswell and I are also editing a separate anthology Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity (CUP 2016). This anthology is the result of a 2012 symposium at Massey and a workshop at VUW, both on necessity, and jointly-funded by Marsden, Massey, Auckland, and VUW. You can read more about the Massey symposium: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=EEE63CBC-BA63-02ED-4F99-1D33003EE818.

Much of my recent writing focuses on necessity in ancient logical and geometrical proof. Aristotle, who invented logic, tells us what a logical deduction is: 

  • “A deduction is a discourse in which, certain things having been supposed, something different from the things supposed results of necessity because these things are so.”

It is not immediately obvious what exactly he means. Does he think the necessity here is

          (A)     about what-cannot-be-otherwise, where the necessity is a counter-factual notion?

Or does he think it is

          (B)     just about what, as a matter of fact, will always happen?

(We might ask similar questions, too, about Euclid’s notion of proof.) This is a subtle distinction which is sometimes very hard to articulate -- even some modern logic textbooks simply blur the difference. Noticing this led to a separate project about how well recent introductory logic texts do explain. The award of a 2014 CoHSS summer studentship supported Rebecca James's work cataloguing and evaluating how contemporary introductory logic texts handle (A) and (B).

Here is an hour-long YouTube video of me at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India, explaining what I think Aristotle really means: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzRo06Rcu2I.

In 2014-2015, I have been doing work on A.N. Prior, 'the father of tense logic' and New Zealand's most famous philosopher, whose 100th Birthday the world celebrated in 2014, with conferences at Oxford and at Canterbury. Here is a link to some of the festivities: [link]

 

Research Grants

2003  The Syllogistic Basis of Aristotle's Science, Marsden Fast-Start Grant, Royal Society of New Zealand ($50,000)

2006  The World-Time Parallel, Marsden Grant, RSNZ ($390,000, with M.J. Cresswell)

2010  Flight from Intension, Foreign Fellowship, Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts (NZ$44,000 approx)

2010  A Natural History of Necessity, Marsden Grant, RSNZ ($750,000, with E.D. Mares and M.J. Cresswell)

2013-4 Looking at Logical Consequence: A Catalogue of How Introductory Logic Texts Explain Validity, CoHSS Summer Student Scholaship, Massey University (with Rebecca James)

Research Opportunities

  • Possible Supervisions  (tba) Feel free to talk to me about supervisions in any areas of history of philosophy. Also in metaphysics, time, logic, and the ethics of war&peace
  • Grant and Scholarship Advice  (tba) I am available to help any Massey philosophy students with scholarship and grant applications.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
History and Philosophy of Specific Fields (220200): History of Philosophy (220210): Logic (220308): Metaphysics (220309): Philosophy (220300): Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000): Philosophy of Language (220313)

Keywords

History of logic, Aristotle, ancient philosophy, modal logic, tense logic, formal semantics, metaphysics (especially: metaphysics of time, possible worlds metaphysics), philosophy of language, modern philosophy, early 20th century philosophy, Quine, ethics of war and peace.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: The world-time parallel

Date Range: 2007 - 2010

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Book

Rini, AA., Mares, ED., & Cresswell, MJ. (Eds.) (2015). Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity. : Cambridge University Press
[Edited Book]Authored by: Rini, A.Edited by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA., & Cresswell, MJ.(2012). The world-time parallel: Tense and modality in logic and metaphysics.
[Authored Book]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, A.(2011). Aristotle's modal proofs: Prior analytics A8-22 in predicate logic. The Netherlands: Springer an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media
[Authored Book]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013). Models and Values: Why Did New Zealand Philosophy Departments Stop Hiring Women Philosophers?. In F. Hutchison, & F. Jenkins (Eds.) Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?. (pp. 127 - 142). : Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Rini, A.
Bishop, G., Beebee, H., Goddard, E., & Rini, AA. (2013). Seeing the Trends in the Data. In K. Hutchison, & F. Jenkins (Eds.) Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?. (pp. 231 - 252). : Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2006). Essentialism rejected? Plato's particulars and other things. In P. Bilimoria (Ed.) Contemporary Philosophy and J. L. Shaw. (pp. 95 - 107). Kolkata, India: Punthi Pustak
[Chapter]Authored by: Rini, A.

Journal

Rini, AA. (2015). The logic of ‘logic and the basis of ethics’. Synthese. 193(11), 3449-3457 Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013). Aristoteles: Analytica priora, Buch 1. Übersetzt und erläutert von Theordor Ebert und Ulrich Nortmann. Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy. , 394-397
[Book Review]Authored by: Rini, A.
Cresswell, MJ., & Rini, AA. (2011). Contingent facts: Comments on Mellor's reply. Analysis. 71(1), 69-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, A. (2010). Aristotle's mathematical cyclists. Logique et Analyse. 53(212), 399-415
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Cresswell, MJ., & Rini, AA. (2010). Are contingent facts a myth?. Analysis. 70(3), 424-431
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA., & Cresswell, MJ. (2009). On a misapplication of the world-time parallel. Logique et Analyse. 52(206), 125-130
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2007). Outside Worlds, Outside Times. Logique et Analyse. 199, 1-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2007). Realizing Possibilities. The Logica Yearbook 2006. , 203-209
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2007). Outside time, outside worlds. Logique et Analyse. 50(199), 213-221
[Journal article]Authored by: Rini, A.

Conference

Rini, A.The logic of Logic and the Basis of Ethics.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2015, August). Aristotle for Philosophers Who Love Too Much. Presented at Conference in Honour of Rosalind Hursthouse. University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2015, October). 1.Subject and Predicate in Aristotle's Discovery of Modality. Presented at •3rd Taiwan Metaphysics Colloquium (TMC-2015),. National Taiwan University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2014, February). Authors Meet Critics. Presented at American Philosophical Association Central Division Conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2014, August). Logic and the Basis of Ethics: Its Early Reception and its Place in Prior’s Thought. Presented at The A.N. Prior Centenary Conference. Balliol College, Oxford.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2014, September). What if Becker Were Right? De Dicto and De Re Modals in the Syllogistic. Presented at Workshop on Modal Syllogistic. CFUL – Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de Lisboa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, A.The birth of proof: Modality and deductive reasoning. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). (pp. 34 - 49). 0302-9743.
[Conference]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013, December). Tractarian Truthmaking. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013). The birth of proof: Modality and deductive reasoning. In K. Lodaya (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5 International ICLA Conference. Vol. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (7750) (pp. 34 - 49). Germany: 5th International Indian Conference on Logic and its Application [ICLA 2013]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, A. (2012). Modal notions: Perception and testimony as data providers: Comment on Floridi. In P. Allo, & G. Primero (Eds.) (pp. 77 - 79). Brussels: 3rd Workshop in the Philosophy of Information
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013, October). Aristotle's Potential and Actual Infinity. Presented at 12th Biennial Graduate Homecoming Conference. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013, September). Aristotle on Thomson's Lamp. Presented at •Foundations of the Formal Sciences VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity. Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013, September). Aristotle on Thomson's Lamp. Presented at Free University of Brussels, Invited Paper, Philosophy Seminar. Brussels.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2013, July). Would the Last Person to Leave Please Turn Out the Light? Supertasks and Aristotelian Infinity. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy. University of Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2011, September). Three Kinds of Proofs about Possibility. Presented at North Island Logic Group. Victoria University of Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2011, July). Three Kinds of Proofs about Possibility. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference. Otago University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, December). No Animal is a Contingent Horse. . University of Saarlands, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, December). Aristotle’s Good Samaritans. Presented at Royal Flemish Fellow's Address. Katholik University of Leuven, Belgium.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, July). Formal Representations of Aristotle’s Modal Logic. Presented at Australasian Association for Logic Annual Conference. University of New South Wales, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, July). Symposium on Tense and Contingency, with D.H. Mellor (Cambridge) and M.J. Cresswell (VUW). Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference. University of New South Wales, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, November). Modal Notions: Testimony and Perception as Data Providers. Presented at Third Workshop in the Philosophy of Information. Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, November). Quine on Intension. Presented at Royal Flemish Fellow's Address. The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, November). The Scope of Quine and Aristotle. Presented at Royal Flemish Fellow's Address. The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2010, July). Formal Representations of Aristotle’s Modal Logic. Presented at Australasian Association for Logic. University of New South Wales, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2009, December). Aristotle’s Fall: Corruptions in the History of Logic (2009 Presidential Address). Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference (NZ Div). Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2009, July). Aristotle’s Mathematical Cyclists. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference. University of Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2009, May). Aristotle’s Mathematical Cyclists. Presented at Philosophy Seminar. Victoria University of Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2009, August). New Zealand Women in Philosophy. Presented at A Reflective Symposium on the Status of Women in Philosophy. ANU, Canberra.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2009, June). Modal Copulas and Modal Predicates. Presented at North Island Logic Group. Victoria University Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, May). No Animal is a Contingent Horse. Presented at Propositional Attitudes Task Force. Five Colleges, Inc, Northampton, MA, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, May). No Animal is a Contingent Horse. . Roskilde University, Denmark.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, May). Dinosaur Semantics. . University of Frankfurt, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, May). Dinosaur Semantics. . University of Stuttgart, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, April). Dinosaur Semantics. . University of Granada, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, May). Aristotle’s Good Samaritans. Presented at Logic, Time and Ethics. Aalborg University, Denmark.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2008, December). On a Misapplication of the World-Time Parallel. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference (NZ Div). University of Canterbury.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2007, December). No Animal is a Contingent Horse. Presented at Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference (NZ Div). University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2006, June). Realizing Possibilities: Prior Analytics I.15. Presented at Logica2006. Hejnice, Czech Republic.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.
Rini, AA. (2006, October). Time and Possibility. Presented at Conference in Honour of Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd. University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Rini, A.

Other

Rini, AA., & Cresswell, MJ. (2010). Editors' Introduction. (pp. 369 - 369).
[Other]Authored by: Rini, A.
Cresswell, MJ., & Rini, AA. (2007). Editors' Introduction. (pp. 211 - 211).
[Other]Authored by: Rini, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Massey University 1999-2014

PHIL 102                    Great Western Philosophy

PHIL 104                    Practical Ethics

PHIL 205                    Logic

PHIL 209/309             Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 211                    Political Theory (Cross-listed as Politics 311)

PHIL 216/316             Modern Philosophy: Rationalists & Empiricists

PHIL 218/318             Environmental Philosophy                                                                

PHIL 220/320             Business Ethics

PHIL 302                    Metaphysics (Contemporary Metaphysics of Time)

PHIL 703                    Ethics of War and Peace (Post-graduate)

PHIL 718                    Environmental Philosophy (Post-graduate)

PHIL 730                    Problems in Value Theory: Informal Deontic Logic (Post-graduate)

PHIL 740                    Advanced Philosophical Topics: Russell, Quine and the Logical Positivists (Post-graduate) 

PHIL 750                    Advanced Philosophical Texts: Metaphysics of Modality: The Lewis-Stalnaker Debate (Post-graduate)

PHIL 750                    Advanced Philosophical Texts: Time and Modality in Aristotle (Post-graduate)

PHIL 750                    Advanced Philosophical Texts: Contemporary Issues in Metaphysics: Logical Atomism (Post-graduate)

PHIL 750                    Advanced Philosophical Texts: On Providence (Post-graduate)

Ecology 101               New Zealand’s Natural Heritage

Politics 161                 Introduction to Politics

 

Texas A&M University 2007

PHIL 410                    Classical Philosophy: Thales to Aristotle

PHIL 663                    Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology: The World-Time Parallel (Post-graduate: MA/PhD)

                                                                            

University of California, Davis 2000

PHIL 1                        Introduction to Philosophy

 

Victoria University of Wellington 1993-1999

PHIL 105                    Problems in Philosophy (tutor)

PHIL 201                    Theory of Knowledge

PHIL 203                    Introduction to Logic (tutor)

PHIL 224/324             Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 225/325             Metaphysics (Philosophy of Time)

PHIL 311                    Logic (Modal Logic)

 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1992-1995

PHIL 100                      Introduction to Philosophy (TA)

PHIL 110                      Introduction to Logic (TA)

PHIL 160                      History of Ethics

Courses Coordinated

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