The 2017 academic recruitment for PHD studies is open!

Are you looking for a PhD in the Humanities fostered by a stimulating learning environment where you can meet students and scholars from different countries and disciplines?
Do your studies have a special focus on Renaissance culture, and on the history of early modern philosophy or that of political thought?
Are you dreaming about the best-furnished library, modern equipment and digital resources?

The answer is WARSAW!

The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the ideal place to carry out your doctoral research (GSSR).

pałac_staszica.jpgLocated in the marvellous Staszic Palace, in the beating heart of Warsaw, its Postgraduate School is connected with the Department of History of Modern Philosophy in which your project will be based.*

Candidates from any country may submit their applications either by 8 May 2017 or by 4 September 2017 (the academic year starts in October 2017).
During the individual interviews candidates must also display a level of English that allows them to take part in the classes (

Are you still thinking about it?
Contact me for more information!

logo ifispan (2).png* Research areas of the department also include:
– The Aristotelian and Platonic tradition in Western culture.
– The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, its premises, aftermaths and philosophical relevance.
– Animals as a philosophical and cultural issue.
– Neoscholastic philosophy (16th-20th century).
– History of early modern political thought (from Machiavelli to Hobbes and beyond).
– The impact of printing on Western culture.
– Censorship and freedom of thought in the history of philosophy.
– History of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.


From practical philosophy to “prudentia civilis”: Strategies of political education in the 16th and 17th century

Panel at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (Chicago, 30 March–1 April 2017).

received_10154327825231921Presenters were Danilo Facca, Matthias Roick, and me, while the chair was Christopher Celenza to whom our warmest thanks for filling his role so wonderfully.

Christopher Celenza, and me


This panel was dedicated to the memory of Professor Merio Scattola, who passed away prematurely in 2015.

He was a brilliant scholar, as well as a good friend of the Herzog August Bibliothek, which sponsored the panel together with the Newberry Library.

I met Professor Scattola for the first time several years ago, when I was a young scholar attempting to carry out a difficult research project in Germany (precisely at the Herzog August Bibliothek) together with my colleague Maria Elena Severini. We wrote to him for some suggestions and he immediately invited us to his office in Padua, where he gave us a lot of advice, confidence and stimulus, like on every other occasion I had the chance to meet him.

Professor Scattola’s studies addressed several arguments, among which prudentia civilis in the Early Modern period played a leading role. His research work is still inspiring and I would like to say that his example also taught us something more: a sort of prudentia studiorum in which the two words “curiosity” and “sharing” come together with scientific accuracy.


An interesting project which deserves our attention: “Aristotelian inspiration in late Renaissance Polish thought. An edition of some texts”

Currently in progress in our institute is the five-year project “Aristotelian inspiration in late Renaissance Polish thought. An edition of some texts”. The aim of this project is to offer an insight into school philosophy in the academies of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the first decades of the 17th century.dok1

Directed by Danilo Facca, the project has been awarded a grant by the Polish Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, within the framework of the National Program for the Development of Humanities and in line with its long-term policy of supporting the rediscovery and reappraisal of the national cultural and intellectual legacy, from the Middle Ages to the Romantic and post-Romantic period.

Five works have been selected to be edited according to modern criteria:

Johannes Regius, Exercitationes peripateticae, Mulhausen, 1602

Adam Burski, Dialectica Ciceronis, Zamość 1604

Bartholomaeus Keckermann, Systema disciplinae politicae, Hanau 1608

Franz Tidike, Microcosmus, Leipzig 1615 (1634)

Johann Crell, Ethica aristotelica ad Sacrarum Litterarum normam emendata (I ed. 1656, written in the mid-twenties)

Each work has been entrusted to a young, pre-doctoral scholar, whose task consists of the transcription of the Latin texts, their adaptation to standard norms regarding spelling and punctuation, the compilation of footnotes identifying the bibliographical sources (especially Aristotle’s works, quotations of other ancient, medieval and modern authors) and commentary on the more relevant issues, and the drafting of a general introduction, indexes and bibliography. No translation into Polish is expected.ifis-pan-mono2

A volume of essays on Polish late Renaissance Aristotelianism within the context of European trends is also planned.

Research team

Dorota Dremierre (Burski), Ewa Kondracka (Tidike), Anna Laskowska (Crell), Marcin Loch (Regius) and Roberto Peressin (Keckermann).


Recent seminars at the Institute

“Men and ideas in the Renaissance”. Seminar Series

 November 25, 2015

Dario Brancato, “The Philosophical Lexicon of Boethius’s Consolation: Some Examples from Italian Renaissance Translations”

December 4, 2015

Matthias Roick, “Giovanni Pontano and the Renaissance Concept of Prudence”

February 17, 2016

Estera Lasocińska,Epikureizm i jego recepcja w literaturze polskiego renesansu. Marcin Bielski-Mikołaj Rej-Jan Kochanowski”

April 13, 2016

Marco Faini, “Healing the Body, Saving the Soul. Healers, Doctors and Herey in XVI Century Italy”

May 30, 2016

Cecilia Muratori, Eugenio Refini, Sara Miglietti, Bryan Brazeau, Renaissance in Translation” (special event: one-day conference, see the program Renaissance_in_translation_agenda)

June 14, 2016

Lucio Biasori, From the Crusades to the Terror: The Letter of the Master of the Hospitallers between East and West (1319-1793)”


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Seminar Series

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

As part of the activity of our institute devoted to explore the early modern world, a series of international seminars was launched in 2015 involving scholars of Renaissance culture and addressing history, literature and philosophy in particular.

The idea stems from the need to integrate the study of the history of philosophy and that of religious thought and the study of the development and circulation of the European humanist and literary tradition. Another objective is to take a closer look at the interaction between the culture of the Mediterranean area and that of eastern regions of world from European perspective. In the period between the end of the Middle Ages and the dawn of the Modern Age the processes and phenomena that took place in these areas had an enduring effect on the intellectual history of Europe and the East.

Speakers are from abroad and they are invited to present the results of their research, while at the same time paying attention to the bigger picture. The idea behind this approach is to attract a public of PhD and post-Doc students who are interested in the Renaissance in general as a crucial period in the history of culture, and advanced scholars who have a more specific interest in recent developments in research.

The addresses, discussion and contacts between scholars and other interested parties and the speakers are conducted mainly in English, and occasionally in Italian when this is considered viable or more appropriate in educational terms. In general, the seminars last about one hour, with time for the presentation and a brief discussion.

Organisers: Danilo Facca and Valentina Lepri