Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
The two Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy groups focus their research mainly on texts of the Latin medieval philosophical tradition and the emergence of philosophy in the neo-latin languages, following the demarcations and general guidelines set for the thematic line.
Without losing the specificity of their research programs, the two groups function interconnectedly, with researchers affiliated in both, as well as sharing activities and developing common projects.
The Thematic Line correesponds to the Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval, a research group founded in 1987 by Professor Cândida Pacheco and a small group of then master students.
Principal Researcher: José Meirinhos
Research into the dissemination of Aristotle's works and its influence in Portugal is inseparable from the history of the Aristotelianism's reception in the rest of Europe. By that reason the RG will not isolate Portugal from the remainder of the Western reception of Aristotle. Of equal philosophical importance are the Arabic commentaries translated into Latin, the transformation of the Aristotelian corpus in the main textbook of the Medieval University, the condemnations of some parts of Aristotelianism, as well as the history of medieval averroisms.
Reason, Politics & Society
The group is focused on central areas of Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy: Epistemology, Social and Political Philosophy, and the dissemination of philosophical thought through Literature. It also focuses on the methodology of research, which is a particularly sensitive topic in current Medieval Philosophy studies.
The core team is composed by specialists in Medieval Philosophy, Medieval Literature and Historiography, and Medieval Art.