Potestas Essendi

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

About me

DSCN_0031.jpgI received my BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Siena, where I had the fortune to be introduced by brilliant scholars to some of the never-ending problems of Medieval philosophy. After a first period of study of Augustine’s doctrine of divine grace (BA thesis), I moved on to a quite more peculiar Medieval figure: Dominicus Gundissalinus, philosopher and translator from Arabic into Latin in Toledo during the 12th century. I worked on Gundissalinus’ De processione mundi (a metaphysical and cosmological treatise) and its Arabic sources during my MA, under Michela Pereira’s supervision.

After having defended my MA thesis, I had the occasion to been awarded a PhD position at the University of Pavia, in international cotutelle with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and under the supervision of Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. During the three precious years of my PhD, I worked on Gundissalinus’ Arabic and Latin sources, pointing out the peculiarities of his reflection and his particular use of Avicenna’s and Ibn Gabirol’s philosophical texts. During the Spring semester 2015 I’ve been awarded the SIEPM fellowship at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), where I studied the theoretical connections between Gundissalinus and Thierry of Chartres. In November 2015 I defended my doctoral dissertation in Pavia and, shortly after that, I’ve been awarded a research grant by the Chimaera foundation in order to carry on my work on Gundissalinus, focusing on the English Wirkungsgeschichte the Toledan texts had in the 13th century (January-June 2016). Since July 2016 I am Junior Research Fellow at Durham University (UK), where I am working on the reception of Avicenna’s, Ibn Gabirol’s and – of course – Gundissalinus’ metaphysics by Robert Grosseteste and Roger Bacon.

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Contact me

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

Email: nicola.polloni@durham.ac.uk

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