Potestas Essendi

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

Curriculum vitae

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Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 08.26.58CURRENT APPOINTMENT: 2016-2018, Junior Research Fellow (CoFund)
Department of History – Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University (UK). Research Project: ‘The Metaphysics of Grosseteste and Bacon: Between Philosophy and Science’.

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS: 2016, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Chimaera Foundation)
Università di Pavia (IT). Research Project: ‘La scuola di traduttori di Toledo, Gundisalvi e l’influenza avicenniana sul pensiero latino tra XII e XIII secolo’. Jan-June 2016.
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Ph.D. in Philosophy
2015, Università di Pavia (Italy), Department of Humanities. Dissertation: Ontologie divergenti: uno studio sul sincretismo metafisico di Gundisalvi. Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Thesis defence: November 9, 2015. Final note: Excellent.

Ph.D. in Cultures in Contact with the Mediterranean
2015, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies. Dissertation: Ontologie divergenti: uno studio sul sincretismo metafisico di Gundisalvi. Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Thesis defence: November 9, 2015. Final note: Excellent cum laude.

MA in Philosophy
2012, Università di Siena (Italy), Department of Philosophy. Thesis: Il De Processione Mundi di Gundissalinus: un’ontologia dell’essere possibile. Supervisor: Michela Pereira.  Final note: 110/110 cum laude.

BA in Philosophy
2008, Università di Siena (Italy), Department of Philosophy. Thesis: ‘Quid deinde Esau?’ Peccato originale, grazia e libertà in Agostino di Ippona.
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CoFund Junior Research Fellowship
2016-2018. Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University (UK), DIFeREns2 and European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609412.

Chimaera Foundation Research Grant 
2016. Implemented at the Università di Pavia (Italy). Research Project: ‘La scuola di traduttori di Toledo, Gundisalvi e l’influenza avicenniana sul pensiero latino tra XII e XIII secolo’.

SIEPM Fellowship at Notre Dame
2015. Competitive Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). Research Project: ‘Gundissalinus’ Reception of Universal Hylomorphism and Its Influence in the 13th Century’.

Honorary Fellowship
2014-present. Honorary Fellow in Medieval Philosophy, Università di Pavia (Italy).

Doctoral Research Grant
2012-2015. Università di Pavia (Italy). Competitive grant. (admission in 2012: 2,24%)
Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 08.39.59.pngAHRC-funded Research Project The Ordered Universe. Research Team Member. 2016-present. webpage

International Working Group Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’. 2016-present. webpage

Research Group Hermenéutica patrística y medieval (LOGOS). Team Member. 2016-present. webpage

International Working Group DB Roger Bacon. Team Member. 2016-present.
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Medioevo Latino/MEL, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Florence (Italy). Editorial Collaborator. 2011-present. webpage
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Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale
(SIEPM), member (2013-)  webpage

History of Science Society (HSS), member (2017-) webpage

Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), member (2012-), Person in Charge of Multimedia Communication (2016-)  webpage

Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), member (2015-)  webpage

Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (SISPM), member (2013-)  webpage

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), member (2017-)  webpage

American Cusanus Society (ACS), member (2017-)  webpage
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Course Teaching*
2018. History of Natural Philosophy (Graduate course). Universidad de Navarra, Spain.

Research Seminar
2017. Seminar: The Penetration of Arabic Philosophy into the Latin Philosophical Tradition (1162-1215). Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group, January-April 2017. (recordings available online)

Teaching Associate
2016. History of Science (MA course). Università di Pavia, Italy.

Graduate Seminar
2016. Il Mediterraneo come spazio di disseminazione filosofica (secc. VI-XVI). Università di Pavia, Italy.

Thesis Co-Supervision
2016. BA thesis: ‘Dante, Monarchia I, II-IV: una teoria politica dell’intelletto’. Università di Pavia, Italy (defended on 25 February 2016).

Teaching Associate
2015. History of Science (MA course). Università di Pavia, Italy.

Graduate Seminar
2014. Neoplatonismi e aristotelismi medievali: prospettive e problemi. Università di Pavia, Italy.

Teaching Associate
2014. Medieval philosophy (BA course). Università di Pavia, Italy.

Teaching Associate
2013. Medieval philosophy (BA course). Università di Pavia, Italy.
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1. Domingo Gundisalvo. Una introducción. Madrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2017. ISBN: 978-84-16262-34-2 download

2. Domingo Gundisalvo, Traductor y filósofo. Madrid: Fundación Ignacio Larramendi, 2013. DOI: 10.18558/FIL033 download

3. Glimpses of the Invisible: Doctrines and Sources of Dominicus Gundissalinus’s Metaphysics*. Toronto: PIMS, forthcoming

4. The Treatise ‘On the Peregrinations of the Soul in the Afterlife*.’ Precontract with Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, Peeters, forthcoming*

EDITED VOLUMES

1. 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 download

2. Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy*, Edited by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto and F. Dal Bo. Forthcoming.

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS (Articles and Chapters)

1. ‘Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on an Intricate Philosophical Connection.’ Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 28 (2017). Accepted*

2. ‘The Toledan Translation Movement and Gundissalinus: Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile.’ In Y. Beale-Rivaya and J. Busic (eds.), Companion to Medieval Toledo. Shared Common Places (Toledo, 711-1517). Brill. Accepted*

3. ‘Toledan Ontologies: Gundissalinus, Ibn Daud, and the Problems of Gabirolian Hylomorphism.’ In A. Fidora and N. Polloni (eds.), Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions. Barcelona – Roma: FIDEM, 2017, 19-49. download

4. ‘Aristotle in Toledo: Gundissalinus, the Arabs, and Gerard of Cremona’s Translations.’ In Ch. Burnett and P. Mantas (eds.), ‘Ex Oriente Lux’. Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in the Medieval Mediterranean World. Arabica Veritas, IV., Córdoba: UCOPress – London: The Warburg Institute, 147-185. download

5. ‘Gundissalinus on Necessary Being: Textual and Doctrinal Alterations in the Exposition of Avicenna’s MetaphysicsArabic Sciences and Philosophy 26/1 (2016): 129-160. download

6. ‘Gundissalinus’s Application of al-Fārābi’s Metaphysical Programme. A Case of Epistemological Transfer.’ International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge 1 (2016): 69-106. download

7. ‘Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus on Spiritual Substance: The Problem of Hylomorphic Composition.’ Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 57 (2015): 35-57. download

8. ‘Elementi per una biografia di Dominicus Gundisalvi.’ Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Littèraire du Moyen Âge 82 (2015): 7-22. download

9. ‘Natura vero assimilatur quaternario: numerologia e neoplatonismo nel De processione mundi di Dominicus Gundissalinus.’ In J. L. Fuertes Herreros and Á. Poncela González (eds.), De Natura. La naturaleza en la Edad Media. Vol. 2. Ribeirão: Húmus, 2015, pp. 679-688. download

10. ‘Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: prospettive per un’analisi genetico-dottrinale.’ Annali di Studi Umanistici 1 (2013): 25-38. download
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ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES AND PANELS

Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science. Panel. 2017 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 9-12 November 2017. download

Translating Experience: Medieval Encounters with Nature, Self, and God. International conference. Durham University, Durham (UK), 4-6 June 2017. Organisers: K. Krause and N. Polloni. link

Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo. International conference. Università di Pavia, Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2016. Organisers: C. Blengini, S. Gastaldi, N. Polloni, and C. Zizza. link

Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina. International conference. Università di Pavia, Pavia (Italy), 3-4 December 2014. link

Pensare a Weimar. Figure del pensiero tedesco nella Germania della crisi. Conference. Università di Pavia (Italy), 10-12 December 2013. Organisers: L. De Giovanni and N. Polloni. link

MAJOR INVITED LECTURES

1. ‘La ciencia de “los otros”: peculiares asimilaciones de teorías árabes por la tradición filosófica latina (1150-1210).’ University of Cordoba, Cordoba (Spain), 26 January 2017.

2. ‘Robert Grosseteste Between Philosophy and Science.’ University of South Carolina, Columbia (South Carolina, USA), 10 November 2016.

3. ‘Gundissalinus, Avicenna, and the Road to Paris.’ Marquette University, Milwaukee (Wisconsin, USA), 2 November 2016.

4. ‘Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy.’ University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), 31 October 2016.

CONFERENCE DELIVERY

1. ‘Sciences of Matter? Knowledge of the Material Substrate in the two Bacons. 2017 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 9-12 November 2017.

2. ‘Accordance and Strife: Encounters with Modernity at the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century.’ 2017 conference of the American Catholic Philosophical Association ‘Philosophy, Faith and Modernity.’ Dallas, TX, 16-19 November 2017.

3. ‘“Indeed, the soul has not been made by the First Maker”: Creation, Imitation, and Matter.’ Creation and Artifice in Medieval Theories of Causality. The Warburg Institute, London (UK), 1-2 June 2017.

4. ‘I numeri della natura: testimonianze numerologiche della completezza del creato in Gundisalvi e Grossatesta.’ Rappresentazioni della natura nel Medioevo. Università di Padova, Padua (Italy), 24-27 May 2017.

5. ‘Effectus, affectus, and defectus: Causality and Causation of the Substrate.’ Aspectus and Affectus: Robert Grosseteste, Understanding and Feeling. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (USA), 30 March-1 April 2017.

6. ‘Contrasting Perspectives: The Latins, the Arabs, and the Rise of a New Approach to Philosophy.’ Filosofia Medieval: em curso e em toda a extensão. Universidade de Oporto, Porto (Portugal), 12-13 January 2017.

7. ‘Gundisalvo, Guillermo de Auvernia, y el problema de atribución del De immortalitate animae.’ VII Congreso Internacional Iberoamericano de la Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval ‘De relatione.’ Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain), 14-16 November 2016.

8. ‘Giants on the Shoulders of Giants: Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Renovation of Medieval Philosophy.’ Translation and Philosophy: Gundissalinus and Ibn Daud in 12th Century Spain. University of South Carolina, Columbia (South Carolina, USA), 11 November 2016.

9. ‘Aristotele a Toledo.’ Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo. Università di Pavia, Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2016.

10. ‘Entre Toledo, Segovia y Chartres: convergencias doctrinales en la discusión metafísica de Domingo Gundisalvo.’ Espacios de la filosofía medieval: Córdoba, Toledo y Paris. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain), 9 March 2016.

11.  ‘Possibilità materiali e necessità formali: letture gundissaliniane di Ibn Sina, Ibn Gabirol e Ibn Daud.’ Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina. Università di Pavia, Pavia (Italy), 3-4 December 2014.

12.  ‘Les sources néoplatoniciennes arabes de la cosmologie de Gundissalinus.’ Métaphysique et cosmologie médiévales. Héritages philosophiques du Livres des causes. Dijon (France), 15-20 September 2014.

13. ‘Toledo, crocevia di culture: il caso del movimento di traduzione.’ Cantieri d’Autunno. Università di Pavia, Pavia (Italy), 14-16 October 2013.

14. ‘Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on the Textual Presence of Avicennian Metaphysica in the De processione mundi in Comparison to Its First Latin Translation.’ 12th- and 13th-Century Attempts to Translate Muslim and Jewish Texts into Latin. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum (Germany), 19-20 March 2013.

15. ‘Natura vero assimilatur quaternario: alcune osservazioni sulla numerologia del De processione mundi di Gundissalinus.’ VI Congreso Internacional Iberoamericano de la Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval ‘De natura’. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca (Spain), 3-5 December 2012.