Book Series The Age of Descartes

Pedro da Fonseca

Humanism and Metaphysics

Simone Guidi, Mário A. Santiago de Carvalho (eds)

  • Pages: 250 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • c. € 75,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59999-1
  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming (Sep/22)

The first collection of essays in English devoted to the thought and the intellectual life of Pedro da Fonseca, S.J. (1527-1599)


Simone Guidi is currently a Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, Institute for the European Intellectual Lexicon and History of Ideas. His work deals mainly with Late Scholasticism and the philosophy of René Descartes. He is the scientific coordinator of the project and the author of several books, articles and book chapters devoted to aspects of early modern metaphysics, science and theology.

Mário Santiago de Carvalho is a Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is the author of several books and scientific papers related to his main research fields, Portuguese Aristotelianism, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Music. He translated Greek and Latin philosophical texts, and is currently supervising the bilingual edition of the Commentarii Collegii Conimbricensis Societatis Iesu. He is the scientific director of the project


Also known as the “Portuguese Aristotle”, Pedro da Fonseca S. J. (1527-1599) was a prominent figure in early modern Scholasticism and particularly in the history of the Society of Jesus. He took part in the writing of the Society’s Ratio Studiorum and laid the groundwork for the publication of the famous Cursus Conimbricensis (1592-1606). Furthermore, he was the author of an influential handbook of Logic and Dialectics in the XVI century (the Institutionum Dialecticarum, 1564), in addition to being one of the most important and recognized commentators on Aristotle’s Metaphysics in the 16th century (by his unfinished Commentaria, 1577-1612). This volume is the first collection of essays in English devoted to Fonseca, to his intellectual production, and his thought. The book gathers nine essays from scholars worldwide, among which are some of the most important current specialists in early modern Scholasticism, in Portuguese Aristotelianism, and the history of the Society of Jesus. So the volume presents, for the first time, a reliable portrait of the institutional role and the thought of Fonseca about many important questions of Western Metaphysics, as well as the reception of his work in the early modern age.



2. CRISTIANO CASALINI (Advanced Institute for Jesuit Studies – Boston College), Pedro Fonseca: Humanism and the Jesuit Quest for a Philosophical Pedagogy
3. MÁRIO SANTIAGO DE CARVALHO (Universidade de Coimbra), Pedro da Fonseca Presence in the ‘Coimbra Jesuit Course’. A first Assessment
4. JOÃO REBALDE (Universidade do Porto), Pedro da Fonseca’s Doctrine on the Middle Knowledge
5. DANIEL HEIDER (University of South Boemia), Pedro da Fonseca’s Halfway Reductionism of Internal Senses in Light of Mastri and Belluto’s Critique
6. VICTOR SALAS (Sacred Heart Major Seminary), Pedro da Fonseca on the Scope and Unity of Metaphysics
7. ANTÓNIO MANUEL MARTINS (Universidade de Coimbra), Pedro Fonseca on Categorical Relations
8. GIUSEPPE CAPRIATI (Università del Salento), Pedro da Fonseca on Causality
9. IGOR AGOSTINI (Università del Salento), The Transcendentals Properties of Being and the Doctrine of Unum in Pedro de Fonseca A perspicuous case of neglected Platonic origins of the Metaphysica generalis
10.SIMONE GUIDI (CNR-ILIESI), Pedro da Fonseca on Substance and Suppositum