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Alexander Fidora

Alexander Fidora

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Alexander Fidora, born 1975 in Offenbach (Germany), studied philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. 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 2019). 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 "Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval"; Secretary of "Arxiu de Textos Catalans Antics". Liaison Professor of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Vice-president of SIEPM. Member of Academia Europaea.

Research interests

Fidora studies the intercultural dimensions of medieval thought and, in particular, the cultural contacts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His research interests include: Reception, interpretation and transformation of philosophical and theological translations from Arabic in medieval Europe; Latin philosophy into Hebrew; Polemics, controversial theology and interreligious dialogue in the Middle Ages; Consequences of the confrontation between the three religions of the Book for the formation of European cultural identity (see the ERC-Research Projects “Latin Philosophy into Hebrew” (2008-2012) and “The Latin Talmud” (2014-2019), now continued with funding from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation); Medieval epistemology, relations between philosophy and theology.

Selected publications

– A Anon 2021, Extractiones de Talmud…, critical ed. by U Cecini, Ó de la Cruz, A Fidora & I Lampurlanés, CCCM 291A, Turnhout: Brepols.

– S Brentjes & A Fidora (eds.) 2021, Premodern Translation. Comparative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Transformations, Turnhout: Brepols.

A Fidora 2020 (2021), ‘The Inception Speech of Galdericus…’, AHDLMA 87, 43-58.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Stephen of Besançon’s principium in aula (1286)…’, Traditio 76, 319-36.

A Fidora 2020 (2021), ‘Philosophy – Wisdom – Theology. Gerard of Abbeville’s Principium…’, Mediaeval Studies 82, 183-206.

A Fidora 2021, ‘The Philosophical Sources of Bonaventure’s De reductione…‘, Franciscan Studies 79, 23-38.

A Fidora & N Polloni 2021, ‘Hugh of St Victor, Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Place of the Mechanical Arts…’, Revue de théol. et phil. 153, 291-318.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Die christlich-jüdische Disputation von Barcelona…’, in M Delgado et al.  (eds.), Apologie, Polemik, Dialog…, Basel, 191-206.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Gundissalinus, Arabic Philosophy and the Division of the Sciences…’, in S Brentjes et al. (eds.), Premodern Translation…, Turnhout, 63-88.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Doubt, Belief and Inter-Religious Dialogue…’, in D Sarrió (ed.), Il Beato Raimondo Lullo…, Rome, pp 75-89.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Tractates on the Division of the Sciences…’, in M Heiduk et al. (eds.), Prognostication…, Berlin, 991-95.

A Fidora 2021, ‘L’astròleg maligne…’, in A Alberni et al. (eds.), Homenatge a L Badia, Barcelona, 267-75.

A Fidora 2021, ‘The Talmud in the Summa Halensis’, in L Schumacher (ed.), The Legacy of Early Franciscan Thought, Berlin, 169-82.

A Fidora 2021, ‘Arnau de Vilanova, traductor…’, Beihefte der Zs. für Romanische Philologie 463, 123-34.

Selected research activities

PI of the TALDOSSIER-project (MICINN 2021-24)

Six national and international lectures, including Inaugural lecture 2021/22 at the University of Girona.

Member of the FWO Review College; sitting on evaluation panels and prize juries.

ICREA Memoir 2021