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Nicola Polloni
Università degli Studi di Messina
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Durham University
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    Conceiving Prime Matter in the Middle Ages: Perception, Abstraction and Analogy.Nicola Polloni - 2023 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 105 (3):414-443.
    In its formlessness and potentiality, prime matter is a problematic entity of medieval metaphysics and its ontological limitations drastically affect human possibility of conceiving it. In this article, I analyse three influential strategies elaborated to justify an epistemic access to prime matter. They are incidental perception, negative abstraction, and analogy. Through a systematic and historical analysis of these procedures, the article shows the richness of interpretations and theoretical stakes implied by the conundrum of how prime matter can be known by (...)
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  2. Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on an Intricate Philosophical Connection.Nicola Polloni - 2017 - Documenti E Studi Sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 28:515-552.
    This article analyses the peculiarities of Dominicus Gundissalinus’s reading and use of Avicenna’s writings in his original works. Gundissalinus (1120ca – post 1190) is the Latin translator of Avicenna’s De anima and Liber de philosophia prima, but also an original philosopher whose writings are precious witnesses of the very first reception of Avicennian philosophy in the Latin West. The article points out the structural bond with the Persian philosopher upon which Gundissalinus grounds his own speculation. This contribution stresses, in particular, (...)
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    Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus on Spiritual Substances: The Problem of Hylomorphic Composition.Nicola Polloni - 2015 - Bulletin de Philosophie Medievale 57:35-57.
    In this essay, the author examines the problem of the composition of spiritual substances in Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus. While Thierry is reticent to admit a hylomorphism in spiritual creatures, Gundissalinus develops Thierry’s thought on the matter through al-Ghazālī’s and Ibn Daud’s treatment of the composition in spiritual substances. Gundissalinus concludes that spiritual creatures are composed of matter and form, a conclusion that would be unacceptable to his main philosophical authorities.
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  4. Gundissalinus’s Application of al-Farabi’s Metaphysical Programme. A Case of Epistemological Transfer.Nicola Polloni - 2016 - Mediterranea 1:69-106.
    This study deals with Dominicus Gundissalinus’s discussion on metaphysics as philosophical discipline. Gundissalinus’s translation and re-elaboration of al-Fārābī’s Iḥṣā’ al-ʿulūm furnish him, in the De scientiis, a specific and detailed procedure for metaphysical analysis articulated in two different stages, an ascending and a descending one. This very same procedure is presented by Gundissalinus also in his De divisione philosophiae, where the increased number of sources –in particular, Avicenna– does not prevent Gundissalinus to quote the entire passage on the methods of (...)
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  5. Elementi per una biografia di Dominicus Gundisalvi.Nicola Polloni - 2016 - Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Âge 82 (1):7-22.
    Cette étude présente les principaux témoignages en notre possession, ainsi que les hypothèses émises par les historiens, sur la biographie de Dominique Gundisalvi, traducteur et philosophe actif à Tolède dans la seconde moitié du xii e siècle. La vie de Gundisalvi est reconstruite à partir des sources documentaires et des données glanées dans les ouvrages émanant de l’entourage de Gundisalvi. L’article pointe des détails importants concernant le séjour de Gundisalvi à Ségovie, tout en essayant d’expliquer les raisons de son installation (...)
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    Gundissalinus on necessary being: Textual and doctrinal alterations in the exposition of avicenna's metaphysica.Nicola Polloni - 2016 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 26 (1):129-160.
    RésuméCet article envisage la stratégie d'altération textuelle réalisée par Dominique Gundisalvi dans ses œuvres originales. Un des exemples les plus significatifs de cette stratégie peut être reconnu dans la longue citation de Metaphysica I, 6–7 d'Ibn Sīnā dans le traité cosmologique de Gundisalvi, le De processione mundi, où le philosophe espagnol modifie différemment le texte qu'il a traduit quelques années auparavant. Après une brève présentation du double rôle de Gundisalvi comme traducteur et philosophe, on analyse la doctrine de l’être nécessaire (...)
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  7. Gundissalinus on the Angelic Creation of the Human Soul: A Peculiar Example of Philosophical Appropriation.Nicola Polloni - 2019 - Oriens 47 (3-4):313–347.
    With his original reflection—deeply influenced by many important Arabic thinkers—Gundissalinus wanted to renovate the Latin debate concerning crucial aspects of the philosophical tradition. Among the innovative doctrines he elaborated, one appears to be particularly problematic, for it touches a very delicate point of Christian theology: the divine creation of the human soul, and thus, the most intimate bond connecting the human being and his Creator. Notwithstanding the relevance of this point, Gundissalinus ascribed the creation of the human soul to the (...)
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    Hugh of St Victor, Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Place of the Mechanical Arts in Medieval Architectures of Knowledge.Alexander Fidora & Nicola Polloni - 2021 - Revue de Théologie Et de Philosophie 153 (3):291-318.
    Cette contribution s’intéresse à la position problématique des arts mécaniques dans les systèmes médiévaux du savoir. Remplaçant la position secondaire assignée aux arts mécaniques du début du Moyen Âge, les solutions proposées par Hugues de Saint-Victor et Gundissalinus eurent une influence forte durant le XIIIe s. Alors que l’intégration des arts mécaniques dans le système de connaissance de Saint-Victor trahit leurs positions encore accessoires vis-à-vis de la considération des arts libéraux, Gundissalinus propose deux principales nouveautés. D’un côté il place les (...)
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  9. Latin editon and English translation of On the liberal arts.John Coleman, Jack Cunningham, Nader El-Bizri, Giles E. M. Gasper, Joshua S. Harvey, Margaret Healy-Varley, David M. Howard, Neil Timothy Lewis, Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Tom McLeish, Cecilia Panti, Nicola Polloni, Clive R. Siviour, Hannah E. Smithson, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, David Thomson, Rebekah C. White & Robert Grosseteste - 2019 - In John Coleman, Jack Cunningham, Nader El-Bizri, Giles E. M. Gasper, Joshua S. Harvey, Margaret Healy-Varley, David M. Howard, Neil Timothy Lewis, Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Tom McLeish, Cecilia Panti, Nicola Polloni, Clive R. Siviour, Hannah E. Smithson, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, David Thomson, Rebekah C. White & Robert Grosseteste (eds.), The scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. Oxford University Press.
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    The scientific works of Robert Grosseteste.John Coleman, Jack Cunningham, Nader El-Bizri, Giles E. M. Gasper, Joshua S. Harvey, Margaret Healy-Varley, David M. Howard, Neil Timothy Lewis, Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Tom McLeish, Cecilia Panti, Nicola Polloni, Clive R. Siviour, Hannah E. Smithson, Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, David Thomson, Rebekah C. White & Robert Grosseteste (eds.) - 2019 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Few figures of the Middle Ages command the attention of so many modern disciplines as Robert Grosseteste (c. 1170-1253). Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science are all areas which his life and thought continue to have significance and to inspire re-interpretation. Accompanied by a series of original commentaries, this new edition of Grosseteste's work, with English translation, draws together the perspectives of modern scientists and medieval specialists. Volume I of a six volume series, Knowing and Speaking presents two of the earliest (...)
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  11. Introducción.Nicola Polloni, Alexander Fidora & Pedro Mantas - 2020 - Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 26 (2):11-12.
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    Robert Grosseteste on motion, bodies, and light.Nicola Polloni - 2021 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29 (6):1034-1053.
    The article dissects Grosseteste’s theory of the origin of bodily motion discussed in De motu corporali et luce. The first section examines Grosseteste’s discussion of the metaphysical structure of...
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    Sombras de Gundisalvo en la Summa Halensis.Nicola Polloni - 2023 - Anales Del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía 40 (1):15-24.
    La contribución de Domingo Gundisalvo a la historia de la filosofía medieval ha sido de fundamental importancia especialmente por su originalidad y sincretismo. Sin embargo, la recepción explícita de las obras de Gundisalvo en el siglo XIII ha sido explorada sólo parcialmente. Este artículo discute el problema desde un punto de vista metodológico a través del examen de un caso particular: la influencia de las obras de Gundisalvo en la Summa Halensis. Después de haber presentado los problemas principales de un (...)
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    The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon: Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett.Nicola Polloni & Yael Kedar - 2021 - Routledge.
    The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon offers new insights and research perspectives on one of the most intriguing characters of the Middle Ages, Roger Bacon. At the intersections between science and philosophy, the volume analyses central aspects of Bacon's reflections on how nature and society can be perfected. The volume dives into the intertwining of Bacon's philosophical stances on nature, substantial change, and hylomorphism with his scientific discussion of music, alchemy, and medicine. The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon (...)
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    The twelfth-century renewal of Latin metaphysics: Gundissalinus's ontology of matter and form.Nicola Polloni - 2020 - Durham, England: Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University.
    Dominicus Gundissalinus was both a philosopher and a translator; he was active in the unique context of Toledo in the second half of the twelfth century, a cultural melting pot of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. While he was philosophically trained in the Latin tradition, he found answers to the philosophical problems originating from that Latin training in the Arabic tradition of authors and texts which he himself translated. Outside the boundaries of specialised knowledge and research, this intriguing thinker is unknown; (...)
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    Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions.Nicola Polloni & Alexander Fidora - 2017 - Barcelona and Rome: FIDEM.
    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 (...)
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    Domingo Gundisalvo. Una introducción.Nicola Polloni - 2017 - Madrid, Spagna: Editorial Sindéresis.
    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 (...)
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    Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira.Nicola Polloni & Cecilia Panti - 2018 - Firenze FI, Italia: SISMEL.
    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, (...)
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    Andreas Lammer. The Elements of Avicenna’s Physics: Greek Sources and Arabic Innovations. xx + 594 pp., figs., tables, bibl., index. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2018. €129.95 . ISBN 9783110543582. [REVIEW]Nicola Polloni - 2019 - Isis 110 (3):586-587.
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    SOTO-BRUNA, MARÍA JESÚS; ALONSO DEL REAL, CONCEPCIÓN, De Vnitate et Vno de Dominicus Gundissalinus, EUNSA, Pamplona 2015, 164 pp. [REVIEW]Nicola Polloni - 2016 - Anuario Filosófico:484-485.
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    Tiziana Suarez-Nani, Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (eds.) Materia: Nouvelles perspectives de recherche dans la pensée et la culture médiévales (XIIe-XVIe siècles). Micrologus Library 83. Florence, SISMEL, 2017. xxiv+396 pp., ISBN: 9788884508072. Cloth: €65. [REVIEW]Nicola Polloni - 2020 - Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 27 (1):199-210.
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