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Petrus Hispanus on cognitio and experientia: Theories and Practices in Context

From: 2019-09-19 To:2019-09-20

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
  • Research Groups

    Aristotelica Portugalensia
    Reason, Politics & Society
  • 3rd Symposium petrinicum, Max Plank Institut - Berlin, 19th-21th September 2019.

    3rd Symposium petrinicum
    19th-20th September 2019, 9h00-17h30

    Petrus Hispanus on cognitio and experientia: Theories and Practices in Context

    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin
    Boltzmannstraße 22 / 14195 Berlin, Germany

    21st September 9h00-15h00: internal project discussion.


    3rd Symposium petrinicum

    The works attributed to Petrus Hispanus (13th Century) cover several domains of the Aristotelian philosophical and the Galenic-Avicennian medical corpora, including logic, psychology, zoology, prescription books, medical commentaries, alchemy, and mysticism, but also ranging to sermons and papal bulls. Despite these connections and the understanding we have acquired of them over the past four decades of research, these domains were never studied under a global perspective of theories and practices in context. The colloquium “Petrus Hispanus on cognitio and experientia: Theories and Practices in Context” intends to fill this lacuna and carry out a survey of the complex corpus from the viewpoint of cognitio and experientia.

    This viewpoint is a central theoretical theme in the epistemological and psychological works, but connected to a much wider range of problems and practices in several other fields, such as mysticism, alchemy, medicine, and sermons. Indeed, Petrus Hispanus was no exception to his medieval contemporaries in following the laws of the soul for establishing his sciences rather than the laws of nature.

    All presentations to be delivered are intended to explore cognitio and experientia in these different disciplinary domains in order to gain a deeper and precise understanding of the diverse and complex theories and practices related to them. Since little is known to this date about these interrelations, perspectives and approaches in philosophy, philology, and history will be combined. This interdisciplinary approach is intended to place Peter of Spain in his contexts of sources and influences, and debates with contemporary mid-13th century authors. By this reason, comparative approaches are welcomed too.





    19th September 2019

    9:30 - 9:55 Welcome

    Katja Krause (MPIWG)

    José Meirinhos (IFUP): The works attributed to Petrus Hisapnus


    10:00 - 11:30 Logic I

    Chair: Katja Krause

    Charles Manekin (College Park, Maryland), “Petrus Hispanus Hebraeus”

    Julie Brumberg-Chaumont (Paris), The History of Logic Through the Lenses of Practices: a truncated version of Peter of Spain’s Tractatus as a non-terminist ‘pocket Aristotelian logic’, at a secondary level of logical education

    11:30-11:45 Coffee break


    11:45-13:15 Logic II

    Chair: Vítor Guerreiro

    Mário Correia (IFUP, Porto), The Categories in the Tractatus’ Commentators: Johannes Buridanus, Johannes Versor and Petrus Tartaretus

    Guilherme Willye (Rio de Janeiro), The Theory of Syncathegorems in Petrus Hispanus

    13:15-14:30 Lunch


    14:30-16:00 Animals

    Chair: Vera Rodrigues

    Dominic Dold (MPIWG, Berlin), “Why Do Animals Have Parts?” Biological Organisation in Latin Scholasticism

    José Higuera Rubio (IFUP, Porto), Homo prudentissimum est animalium: experience and animal foresight

    16:00-16:30 Coffee break


    16:30-18:00 Research Tools

    Chair: Joana Matos Gomes

    Vera Rodrigues (IFUP, Porto), Commentarii et commentatores: a preliminary survey of the manuscript commentary tradition on Petrus Hispanus’ Tractatus (Summular logicales)

    Jeffrey Witt (Baltimore), Peter of Spain, the SCTA, and an Open Access Corpus of text-DATA


    20th September 2019

    10:00-11:30 Soul

    Chair: Dominic Dold

    Paula Oliveira e Silva (IFUP, Porto), A Separate Substance in a State of Union. Some Paradoxes on the Nature of the Intellectual soul (Petrus Hispanus, Scientia libri de anima, Tract. IX)

    Celia López Alcalde (IFUP, Porto), Intellectual Species and the Ways of Knowledge in Petrus Hispanus’ Commentary on De anima

    11:30-11:45 Coffee break


    11:45-13:15 Body and Medicine

    Chair: Celia López Alcalde

    Patrícia Calvário (IFUP, Porto), Physiology, Psychology and Knowledge in the Medical Treatises Attributed to Petrus Hispanus

    Francisca Navarro Sánchez (IFUP, Barcelona), Los prólogos de los comentarios de Petrus Hispanus a los textos de la Articella en el ms. 1877 de la Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid

    13:15-14:30 Lunch


    14:30-16:00 Aesthetics, Mysticism and Apologetics

    Chair: Terence Kleven

    Vítor Guerreiro (IFUP, Porto), Unseen Beauty – Aesthetic Aspects of Religious Experience in Petrus Hispanus’ Commentary on Pseudo-Dionysius

    João Rebalde (IFUP, Porto), Experience and Mystical Knowledge in Petrus Hispanus’ Commentaries on Pseudo-Dionysius

    Eleonora Lombardo (IFUP, Porto), Experiencing Holiness in Petrus Hispanus’ Sermones de sanctis

    16:00-16:30 Coffee break


    16:30-18:00 Between Humans and Animals

    Chair: Paula Oliveira e Silva

    José Meirinhos (IFUP, Porto), Ordinatio universi and principia naturalia in Petrus Hispanus’ Liber de morte et uita et de causis longitudinis ac breuitatis uite

    Katja Krause (MPIWG, Berlin), Knowing by Signs in Petrus Hispanus medicus and Albertus Magnus

    18:00 Concluding Remarks: José Meirinhos and Katja Krause


    21th September 2019

    10:00-17:00:        Research project members meeting


    Will participate in the debates: Anina Woischnig; Fabio Dominik De Gregorio; Terence Kleven; Wenrui Zhao; Yuan Tao.



    Open until 10th July for a short number of places.
    Please email your proposal (name, institution, title, 300 words abstract maximum) to gfm@letras.up.pt.


    Convenors: Katja Krause (MPIWG) and José Meirinhos (IF-UP).
    Team: José Meirinhos - Celia López - Vitor Guerreiro (GFM, Porto) || Katja Krause - Chaonan Zhang - Dominic Dold (MPIWG, Berlin)

    Projects: Critical Edition and Study of the Works Attributed do Petrus Hispanus (Ref. FCT: PTDC/MHC-FIL/0216/2014 / IF-Universidade do Porto, Portugal / FCT) & Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body ca. 800–1650 (PI K. Krause, Max Planck Research Group Premodern Sciences).

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