The Twelfth-Century Renewal of Latin Metaphysics: Gundissalinus’s Ontology of Matter and Form.

Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2020. xiii + 318pp. ISBN: 9780888448651

This book is about a curious philosopher who was active in Toledo in the second half of the twelfth century. As with every first encounter with the main character of a most famous British television drama, although the philosopher I am referring to is probably one of the most important figures of that century, his name usually prompts a simple yet surprising question: “Gundissalinus who?” Outside the boundaries of specialised knowledge and research, this intriguing thinker is unknown. Within those boundaries, scholars have sometime underestimated both the relevance and originality of Gundissalinus’s production. Recent scholarship has contributed to a profound shift in outlook, pointing out many relevant doctrines which were elaborated by Gundissalinus. This study contributes to this process of Gundissalinus’s re-discovery, with a philosophical and historical analysis of his metaphysical reflection in order to display its profound originality and pioneering contribution to the course of medieval philosophy.

Domingo Gundisalvo. Una introducción.

Madrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2017. 165pp. ISBN: 978-84-16262-34-2.

Gundisalvo desempeñó su papel principal como filósofo, y como tal, fue el primero en acoger críticamente las doctrinas avicenianas, farabianas, gabirolianas y aristotélicas. En este sentido, Gundisalvo nos proporciona un panorama donde el platonismo timaico típico de la Escuela de Chartres y de Hermann de Carintia estaba en crisis y que, en varias décadas, llegó a ser superado por la revolución aristotélica del siglo XIII. En sus escritos, Gundisalvo parece quedarse entre las dos orillas de este caudal especulativo, acogiendo el aristotelismo neoplatónico árabe y rechazando fundamentos doctrinales timaicos, sin renegar de su formación platónica y boeciana. Por consiguiente, además del explícito valor de sus traducciones y de aquellos textos que tuvieron una gran difusión y recepción, como el De divisione o el De unitate, resulta evidente el valor implícito de la figura de Domingo Gundisalvo como filósofo un contexto cultural irrepetible como lo fue Toledo en el siglo XII.

Books in progress

The Matter of this World: Early Medieval Theories of Matter (350-1200).

Proposal to be submitted to publisher in Summer 2020.

Editions in progress

‘The Peregrinations of the Soul in the Afterlife’,
an Anonymous Twelfth-Century Treatise

Pre-contract with Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations – link


Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira.

Edited by C. Panti and N. Polloni. Firenze: SISMEL (Micrologus’ Library 90), 2018. ISBN 978-88-8450-813-3. 430pp.

The volume collects twenty-eight original essays by colleagues and friends of Michela Pereira offered on the occasion of her seventieth birthday. As a pioneer of the re-evaluation of fundamental areas of the Western philosophical and scientific tradition, starting with alchemy, Michela Pereira has dedicated important studies to Hildegard of Bingen, Roger Bacon, Ramon Llull, in addition to being one of the most authoritative interpreters of the feminist movement in the modern world. «Seeing in the shadow», the title of this volume, recalls a suggestive image coined by Hildegard to establish a connection between the work of creation, human nature and prophetic knowledge, three contexts around which the interests of Michela Pereira turn. The essays of the volume interpret these topics in many thought-provoking ways. Covering a wide temporal arc, from late Antiquity to Early Modern Times, and ranging from alchemy and medicine to spirituality, prophecy and myth, from the body-soul relation to performative arts, such as theatre and music, they also include brief editions of unedited medieval texts and an updated bibliography of Michela Pereira’s publications.

Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions.

Edited by A. Fidora and N. Polloni. Barcelona – Roma: FIDEM, 2017. ISBN: 978-2-503-57744-9. 336pp.

The volume gathers eleven studies on the intellectual exchanges during the Middle Ages among the three cultures which existed side by side in the same geographical area, i.e. the vast space from the British Isles to the Sahara Desert, and from the Douro Valley to the Hindu Kush. These three cultures – who may not be reduced to their confession or ethnicity – are historically related to each other in many respects, both material (trade, wars, marriages) and immaterial (the interdependence among their religious narratives and their philosophical speculations). The studies herein presented focus on some peculiar examples of the transcultural interactions among exponents of the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin philosophical and theological traditions. While we do not want to downplay the fundamental role of the religious contexts, our focus on the linguistic denominations of these cultures aims at drawing attention to the conceptual medium, or rather media, which underlined and shaped the interactions and interplays among these traditions – interplays that were characterized by the contact of these three languages being used by people of different religious beliefs in their quest for knowledge: Spanish Jews writing in Arabic, Jews collaborating in the translation of Arabic texts into Latin through the vernacular, Western Muslims whose writings were read mainly by Jews and Christians in Hebrew and Latin.

Accepted Volumes

Roger Bacon and Medieval Science and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett.

Edited by N. Polloni and Y. Kedar. Contract with Routledge. Expected publication: 2020.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophy and Its Impact in the Middle Ages.  

Edited by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo. Preliminary agreement with Brepols (PATMA). Currently under peer-review.

Volumes in progress

Contrasting Nature: Idealisation and Degradation of the Natural World in the Middle Ages.  

Edited by M. Cipriani and N. Polloni. Initial phase of the editorial process.