Outreach, Research and Activities

MeLO Seminar 2021 (Winter-Spring)

After much work, the first meeting of the MeLO Seminar is going to be tomorrow. The reason why Christophe and I decided to create this seminar was to get together and talk medieval philosophy during these trying times. We could not foresee such enthusiasm and willingness to get involved. The resulting programme is very promising. And I look forward to starting the seminar tomorrow, with Dominic Dold’s fascinating discussion of the medieval intertwining of zoology and metaphysics.

Research and Activities

Medieval Logic and Ontology

After so many socially distanced months, we all hope that 2021 will bring something different (and better) than this tormented 2020. Quite in line with the hopes of a brighter (or at least more social) future, there is some news I shall give here.

Christophe Geudens and I have started planning something new and very promising for 2021: the MeLO Seminar! The acronym stands for “Medieval Logic and Ontology” Seminar. The plan is to bring together people from all over the world to discuss papers, ideas, and new interpretations of medieval theories from these two disciplines.

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Research and Activities

The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon

It took some time. But finally, Yael and I have sent the volume manuscript to Routledge! This is a special volume aimed at celebrating a very special person, Jeremiah Hackett, and his crucial contributions to the understanding of medieval philosophy. Not incidentally, the volume focuses mostly on Roger Bacon, the philosophical and scientific theories he elaborated, and the philosophical debates in which he took part.

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Research and Activities

Nature and Emergence (research reading group)

Organised by Nicola Polloni and Dominic Dold, the research reading group begins on 1 April 2020 and will meet biweekly on Zoom. We will read the four books of Samuel Alexander’s Space, Time, and Deity. Participants are supposed to read the texts (usually two chapters per meeting) before the biweekly session in which the texts will be discussed.

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Reshaped, cancelled, and postponed events due to COVID-19

Due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, many aspects of our lives have been or are about to be affected. In this moment of grave concern, academia must do its part to contribute to the efforts put in place by governments all over the world to delay the spread of the virus. After much pondering, I have decided to do my part rescheduling, postponing, and cancelling most of the events I had planned for the forthcoming months.

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Mapping the Journey, Research and Activities

Berlin Prime Matter Workshop

It has been exhausting, but so rewarding! The first Prime Matter Workshop has been an incredible success. Splendid talks, awesome speakers, brilliant discussions, and a lot of people attending.

Below, some photos taken throughout the day.

Can’t wait for the second Prime Matter Workshop, on 14 May 2020!

Research and Activities

Mattia Cipriani on Thomas of Cantimpré

Shots from the enlightening talk given by Mattia Cipriani on Thomas of Cantimpré’s Liber de Natura Rerum. Almost two hours discussing source and aims, manuscripts and circulation, intricacies and implications of a fascinating author that contributed so much to the history of medieval science. Video available very soon!

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Research and Activities

Early Franciscan Psychology

Last Friday, we were intensively discussing the many problems arising from the study of Early-Franciscan Psychology. Lydia Schumacher (KLC) gave a splendid talk on her research on this fascinating topic. And we all were eager in trying to understand the reasons behind a very intriguing reception of Avicenna’s theories of soul and knowledge.

Career Updates, Research and Activities

Output Report 2018

The annual output report for 2018 is ready. What a year! I have to say that I am quite happy with my report. And my move to Berlin will definitely be a game changer for so many things… Let’s see what 2019 will bring about.

PUBLICATIONS

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

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Mapping the Journey, Research and Activities

Vedere nell’ombra

Il primo di giugno abbiamo presentato presso la SISMEL di Firenze il volume Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira. Dopo mesi di pianificazione, siamo riusciti a mantenere il ‘segreto’ e fare una bella sorpresa a Michela, che non si aspettava nulla. Una festa con amici e colleghi e un gran momento per ritrovarsi insieme e festeggiare una persona che ha dato così tanto a tutti noi.

A seguire, alcuni scatti presi durante il pomeriggio fiorentino.

Research and Activities

Roger Bacon @HSS Toronto

Roger Bacon: The Philosopher's Workshop

History of Science Society
2017 Meeting

Toronto, Canada, 9-12 November 2017

Two talks on Roger Bacon:

Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), “Roger Bacon’s Speculative Technologies”. Panel: Thinking with Preindustrial Machines, 13.30, Friday, 10 November 2017.

Nicola Polloni (Durham University), “Sciences of Matter? Knowledge of the Material Substrate in the Two Bacons”. Panel: Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science, 9.00, Saturday, 11 November 2017.

https://hssonline.org/meetings/2017-hss-annual-meeting/

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Research and Activities

SMRP Sponsored Session at the ACPA

SMRP

SMRP sponsored session at the American Catholic Philosophical Association

Friday, November 17, 2017, 10a.m.-12 noon

The Westin Dallas Downtown

Causation and Science in Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Organizer & Chair: Gloria Frost, University of St. Thomas, MN

Speaker 1: David Cory, The Catholic University of America; Notre Dame

“Is Digestion Fully Material? Aquinas on Matter and the Vegetal Soul”

Speaker 2: Zita Toth, Conception Seminary College, MO

“Durand of St.-Pourçain on Causal Interactions after the Day of Judgment”

Speaker 3:Nicola Polloni, Durham University

“Accordance and Strife: Encounters with Modernity at the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century”

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Research and Activities

Translating Experience (conference in Durham)

What is the role of experience in medieval encounters with nature, self, and God? The Aristotelian sciences, such as astronomy and meteorology, zoology and botany, as well as other medieval disciplines such as medicine, alchemy, and magic drew on experience in different ways and to different degrees. Their applications range from singular references to experience in different arguments to collected works of experience, such as the medical literary genre of the Experimenta that focuses on medical remedies. Yet the same concepts—tajriba, nissayon, experientia / experimentum—are also used in the encounter with the self; more specifically in the realms of epistemological inquiry, internal reflection on experience of the natural world, or the question of conscience. A third prominent area where experience plays a central role in medieval discourses is encounters with the divine through rapture, prophecy, the practice of magic and necromancy—discourses in which the concept of experience finds its very limits.

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Disseminations and Discussions

During the next four months, I will be giving a research seminar on the dissemination of Arabic-into-Latin texts for the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group. It will be quite an experience for me: the opportunity of present my new research to such a brilliant group is just priceless. Moreover, the seminar will be recorded and uploaded on Youtube; I will link the videos in this page and anyone who has anything to ask or needs any clarification could write me, and I’ll be more than glad to answer.

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Solomon Ibn Gabirol: NEW DEADLINE!

Call for Papers

«Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy»

Final Deadline: 31 October 2016

Original papers are sought to the volume Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy to be published by the end of 2017. Papers must be approximately between 5,000 and 30,000 words in length. This volume aims at understanding Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s philosophical thought from a comprehensive perspective, dealing with the sources used by the author, his original reflection, and the impact his philosophy had on the history of medieval philosophy.

The volume will be articulated into three thematic sections:

A. Ibn Gabirol’s Sources and «Meta-sources», including the overall philosophical framework of the authors and works used by Ibn Gabirol.

B. Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophical Reflection. Although this volume focuses on Ibn Gabirol as a philosopher, studies about his poetry are also welcome. Moreover, historical studies about his context, if clearly linked to the author, will be welcomed too.

C. History of the Effects of Gabirolian Philosophy, regarding its influences in both Jewish and Christian philosophical debates.

Please, submit to the editors by 31 October 2016:

· an abstract (100-300 words) of your paper;

· a short CV with your current institutional affiliation.

The language of the volume is English, although it is possible to include fragments in Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, Greek and/or Persian. When submitting the abstract, please specify the section you are willing to contribute with your paper. Contributors will be informed of the editors’ decision by the end of November 2016. Final papers will be due on April 2017. In late Winter, the volume’s manuscript will be submitted to Brepols Publisher and will undergo a blind peer-review process.

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For any further information, please contact to the editors of the volume: Nicola Polloni, Durham University (nicola.polloni@gmail.com); Marienza Benedetto, University of Bari (benedettomarienza@libero.it); Lucas Oro Hershtein, University of Buenos Aires (l.oro.hershtein@gmail.com). Only email submissions are accepted.

Research and Activities

CFP: Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Original papers are sought to the volume Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy to be published by the end of 2017. Papers must be approximately between 5,000 and 30,000 words in length. This volume aims at understanding Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s philosophical thought from a comprehensive perspective, dealing with the sources used by the author, his original reflection, and the impact his philosophy had on the history of medieval philosophy.

The volume will be articulated into three thematic sections:

  1. Ibn Gabirol’s Sources and «Meta-sources», including the overall philosophical framework of the authors and works used by Ibn Gabirol.
  2. Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophical Reflection. Although this volume focuses on Ibn Gabirol as a philosopher, studies about his poetry are also welcome. Moreover, historical studies about his context, if clearly linked to the author, will be welcomed too.
  3. History of the Effects of Gabirolian Philosophy, regarding its influences in both Jewish and Christian philosophical debates.

Please, submit to the editors by 30 June 2016:

  • an abstract (100-300 words) of your paper;
  • a short CV with your current institutional affiliation.

The language of the volume is English, although it is possible to include fragments in Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, Greek and/or Persian. When submitting the abstract, please specify the section you are willing to contribute with your paper. Contributors will be informed of the editors’ decision by September 2016. Final papers will be due on January 2017. In late Winter, the volume’s manuscript will be submitted to Brepols Publisher and will undergo a blind peer-review process.

For any further information, please contact to the editors of the volume: Nicola Polloni, University of Pavia/University of Durham (nicola.polloni@gmail.com); Marienza Benedetto, University of Bari (benedettomarienza@libero.it); Lucas Oro, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (l.oro.hershtein@gmail.com). Only email submissions are accepted.