Alexander Fidora

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Alexander Fidora, born 1975 in Offenbach (Germany), studied philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He obtained his PhD in 2003 at Frankfurt University, where he has been co-director of a DFG-research project. In 2006 he accepted a position at ICREA in the Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he has been Executive Director of the Institute of Medieval Studies (until fall 2018). He has been a Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University, Universidad Panamericana in Mexico, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and University of Pennsylvania. His work has been distinguished with the "Premi Internacional Catalònia" (2011) and the "Samuel Toledano Prize" (2012). Co-editor of "Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies" and "Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval"; Secretary of "Arxiu de Textos Catalans Antics". Vice-president of SIEPM and of SOFIME. Member of YAE and Academia Europaea.

Research interests

Alexander Fidora is working on the interreligious dimensions of medieval Hispanic philosophy. In particular, he studies cultural contacts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, such as: reception, interpretation and transformation of philosophical and theological translations from Arabic by Jewish and Christian authors; Latin philosophy into Hebrew; Polemics, controversial theology and interreligious dialogue in the Middle Ages; and Consequences of the confrontation between the three religions of the Book for the formation of European culture (ERC-Research Projects “Latin Philosophy into Hebrew” (2008-2012) and “The Latin Talmud” (2014-2019)).

Selected publications

– Lola Badia, Alexander Fidora and Maribel Ripoll (eds.) 2017 (2018), Actes del Congrés d’Obertura de l’Any Llull “En el setè centenari de Ramon Llull: El projecte missional i la pervivència de la devoció”, Barcelona/Palma: UB/UIB.

– Maria Cabré Duran and Alexander Fidora (eds.) 2018, De relatione = Special issue of Enrahonar. An International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason 61.

– Maria Cabré, Alexander Fidora and Jaume Mensa (eds.) 2018, Relation, Reason and Reality: Studies in Medieval Philosophy (= Supplement of Enrahonar), Bellaterra: Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

– Alexander Fidora 2017 (2018), ‘The Latin Talmud and Its Place in Anti-Jewish Polemics’, in Ulisse Cecini and Eulàlia Vernet (eds.), Studies on the Latin Talmud, Bellaterra: Servei de Publicacions UAB, pp. 13-21.

– Alexander Fidora 2018, ‘Marsilio de Padua en la Península ibérica: la Confutatio errorum quorundam magistrorum de Guido Terrena’, in Celia López Alcalde, Josep Puig and Pedro Roche Arnas (eds.), Legitimation of Political Power in Medieval Thought, Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 159-170.

– Alexander Fidora 2018, ‘The Latin Talmud and the Extension of Papal Jurisdiction over Jews’, in: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean, Symposium Proceedings, Storrs, Connecticut, October 25-26, 2017, Storrs: UConn, p. 12.

– Alexander Fidora 2018, ‘Sicut oleum super aquam. Sobre la relación entre fe y razón en Ramon Llull’, Enrahonar. An International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason 61, pp. 121-138.

Selected research activities

– Invited lectures in Erlangen, Beersheva & Oxford.

– Co-organiser of ‘The Latin Talmud Joint Workshop’, February 13th, 2018, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva/Israel.

– Academic coordinator of ‘Building Bridges: Annual General Meeting of the Academia Europaea’, November 28th-29th, 2018, Barcelona Knowledge Hub, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona.