Potestas Essendi

A Virtual Space for Thoughts on the Middle Ages, by Nicola Polloni

Potestas Essendi

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Potestas essendi’: there are so many similarities between the first characteristic of matter as potentiality of indefinitely being anything and the early career in scholarship. Both are marked by a structural precariousness, but exactly for this reason, they are also characterised by the most complete and creative freedom, when potentiality (potentia) becomes possibility (possibilitas), and possibility becomes power of doing anything (potestas) – well, almost anything!

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In this page I gather and make available to anyone almost anything about the research and studies I did and I am currently doing. It’s a brave choice, I’m aware of that: but scholarship without dissemination is nothing but the dream of a fool closed in a tower, being that made of ivory or just bricks (‘y los sueños sueños son’, I might add, with Calderón de la Barca).

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 10.51.35You can find here some info about me: from my CV and various news on my activities, to my publications (books, articles, and reviews), my talks, the recordings of some seminars and lectures I gave, as well as photos taken in those ‘medieval moments’ that make this profession signed by special moments of humanity. But this virtual space will also give you a glimpse of how things change fast in academia: you can find the memoirs of past and upcoming conferences, my past research projects and the new ones, together with the themes bonding them together in a manifold perspective on medieval thought. And finally, you will find here some references to books, editions, and studies on the features of my research.

‘Potestas essendi’: between something and nothing, prime matter finally receives its forms, and its possibilities are eventually expressed. In a similar fashion, and under a strict ‘plurality of substantial forms’, also scholarship receives a continuous flow of new forms and contents (new studies, books, articles, videos, debates) and thus, any of us is a little dator formarum contributing to the institution and the strength of science and knowledge. I hope the tiny contribution made by this page may be helpful, and I look forward to answering any question or doubt you could possibly have.

Nicola Polloni


Contact me

Department of History, Durham University
43 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3EX – United Kingdom

Email: nicola.polloni@durham.ac.uk

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