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
Junior Research Fellow, Durham University (UK).
Department of History/Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University. DIFeREns2 and European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609412. Research Project: ‘The Metaphysics of Grosseteste and Bacon: Between Philosophy and Science’. Implementation: July 2016 to June 2018.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Università di Pavia (IT).
Research grant sponsored by Chimaera Foundation. Research Project: ‘La scuola di traduttori di Toledo, Gundisalvi e l’influenza avicenniana sul pensiero latino tra XII e XIII secolo’. Implementation: Jan to June 2016.

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Ph.D. in Philosophy (2015)
Università di Pavia (IT), 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 (ES), 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 (IT), School of Letter and 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), School of Letter and Philosophy. Thesis: ‘Quid deinde Esau?’ Peccato originale, grazia e libertà in Agostino di Ippona.

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Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship (2018-2020)
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). Research Project: ‘Knowing the Shadow: Ontology and Epistemology of Matter in the Thirteenth Century.’ Supervisor: Dominik Perler. NB: implementation of this project will be coincident with my next appointment starting in September 2018.

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

Honorary Fellowship (since 2014)
Honorary Fellow in Medieval Philosophy, Università di Pavia (IT).

Doctoral Grant (2012-2015)
Università di Pavia (IT). Competitive grant. Admission rate in 2012: 2,24%.

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 16.58.02COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH
Executive Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval, since 2017. webpage
Communication Manager, Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), since 2016. webpage
PhD Student Representative, Università di Pavia (IT), Department of Humanities Council, 2013.
Editorial Collaborator, Medioevo Latino/MEL, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL), since 2011. webpage
Student Representative, Università di Siena (IT), Council of the School of Letter and Philosophy, 2008-2010.

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

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.

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.

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

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.
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The Ordered Universe. AHRC-funded Research Project, Durham (UK). Member since 2016.  webpage
Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’. International Working Group. Member since 2016. webpage
Hermenéutica patrística y medieval (LOGOS). Research Project, Universidad de Navarra (ES). Member since 2016. webpage
Rogerius Bacon: The Philosopher’s Workshop. Permanent Workshop, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Florence (IT), member since 2016. webpage
DB Roger Bacon. International Working Group, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ES). Member since 2016.

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Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM). Member since 2013.
History of Science Society (HSS). Member since 2017. webpage
Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME). Member since 2012, communication manager since 2016. webpage
Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (SISPM). Member since 2013.  webpage
Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP). Member since 2015.  webpage
American Cusanus Society (ACS). Member since 2017. webpage
British Society for the History of Science (BSHS). Member since 2017. webpage

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The Penetration of Arabic Philosophy into the Latin Philosophical Tradition. 2017. Research seminar organised by the Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group, Jan-April 2017 (recordings available online ).

Il Mediterraneo come spazio di disseminazione filosofica. 2016. Graduate Seminar, Università di Pavia (IT).

Neoplatonismi e aristotelismi medievali: prospettive e problemi. 2014. Graduate Seminar, Università di Pavia (IT).

COURSES (Co-Teaching)
History of Science. 2015-2016. MA course, Università di Pavia (IT). Co-teaching with Chiara Crisciani.

Medieval philosophy. 2013-2014. BA course, Università di Pavia (IT). Co-teaching with Chiara Crisciani.

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

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 08.59.07BOOKS

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. Pre-contract with Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, Peeters, forthcoming*


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. Preliminary agreement with Brepols, 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): 515-552. download

2. ‘The Toledan Translation Movement and Gundissalinus: Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile.’ In Y. Beale-Rivaya and J. Busic (eds.), Reconsidering the Canons. New Readings of Medieval Toledo (ca. 711-1517). Brill, forthcoming. 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

Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 17.09.56Domingo Gundisalvo y Daniel de Morley acerca del establecimiento y conservación de la causalidad del universo.’ Explicatio y ratio naturae. Comprensiones medievales sobre el origen del universo. Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (ES), 16/01/2018.

The Earth, Above and Below: Pioneering Cosmology in a Twelfth-Century Treatise on the Peregrinations of the Soul.’ Scire naturam: filosofia e ciências, da antiguidade ao início da modernidade. Universidade do Porto, Porto (PT), 26-28/02/2018.

laton, latón, latten: Remarks on the History of a Peculiar Term.’ East-Western Transmission of Knowledge. An International Colloquium on Methods of Research. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 3/04/2018.

Traducción y circulación del conocimiento árabe a finales del siglo XII: unas notas introductorias.’ Oriente próximo y la cuenca del Mediterráneo. Fe, creencia y transmisión textual entre lo canónico y lo apócrifo. Universidad de Cordoba (ES), 30/11/2017.

Matter of Change: Philosophical Claims and Religious Concerns on the Substrate.’ Pre-Modern Sciences and Religions, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA, USA), 6/11/2017.

Effectus, affectus, and defectus: Causality and Causation of the Substrate.’ Aspectus and Affectus: Robert Grosseteste, Understanding and Feeling. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (USA), 30/03-1/04/2017

La ciencia de “los otros”: peculiares asimilaciones de teorías árabes por la tradición filosófica latina (1150-1210).’ University of Cordoba, Cordoba (ES), 26/01/2017.

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 (PT), 12-13/01/2017.

Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Renovation of Medieval Philosophy.’ Translation and Philosophy: Gundissalinus and Ibn Daud in 12th Century Spain. University of South Carolina, Columbia (SC, USA), 11/11/2016.

Gundissalinus, Avicenna, and the Road to Paris.’ Marquette University, Milwaukee (WI, USA), 2/11/2016.

Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy.’ University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (IN, USA), 31/10/2016.