Book Series The Age of Descartes, vol. 8

Pedro da Fonseca

Humanism and Metaphysics

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

  • Pages: approx. 248 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023


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

BIO

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 Conimbricenses.org 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 Conimbricenses.org.

Summary

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 (the Institutionum Dialecticarum, 1564), in addition to being one of the most important and recognized commentators on Aristotle’s Metaphysics in the sixteenth 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Simone Guidi and Mário Santiago de Carvalho, Introduction. Pedro da Fonseca: A Sixteenth-Century Humanist and Metaphysician

Section I: Fonseca and Jesuit Pedagogy

Cristiano Casalini (Advanced Institute for Jesuit Studies, Boston College), Pedro da Fonseca: Humanism and the Jesuit Quest for a Philosophical Pedagogy

Mário Santiago de Carvalho (Universidade de Coimbra), Pedro da Fonseca's Presence in the 'Coimbra Jesuit Course'. A First Assessment

Section II: Disputing on Fonseca

João Rebalde (Universidade do Porto), Pedro da Fonseca's Doctrine on the Middle Knowledge

Daniel Heider (University of South Boemia), Pedro da Fonseca's Halfway Reductionism of Internal Senses in Light of Mastri and Belluto's Critique

Section III: Fonseca's Metaphysics in Context

Victor Salas (Sacred Heart Major Seminary), Pedro da Fonseca on the Scope and Unity of Metaphysics

António Manuel Martins (Universidade de Coimbra), Pedro da Fonseca on Categorical Relations

Giuseppe Capriati (Università del Salento), Pedro da Fonseca on Causality

Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), The Transcendental Properties of Ens and the Doctrine of Unum in Pedro da Fonseca. A perspicuous case of neglected Platonic origins of the Metaphysica generalis

Simone Guidi (CNR-ILIESI), Pedro da Fonseca on Substance, Subsistence, and Suppositum

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