Alexander Fidora

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 the "Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval"; Secretary of "Arxiu de Textos Catalans Antics". Vice-president of SIEPM and of SOFIME. Member of the Academia Europaea (AE).

Research interests

Alexander 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 by Jewish and Christian authors; 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)).

Selected publications

- Alexander Fidora 2020, Albertus Magnus und der Talmud (Lectio Albertina 20), Münster i W.: Aschendorff.

- Alexander Fidora and Isaac Lampurlanés 2019 (2020), 'John of Muntisol’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Peri hermeneias', Bulletin de philosophie médiévale 61, pp. 33-43.

- Alexander Fidora 2020, 'The Arabic Influence on the Classification of Philosophy in the Latin West: The Case of the Introductions to Philosophy', Micrologus 28, pp. 191-209.

- Alexander Fidora 2019 (2020), 'Ramon Llull’s Critique of Political Astrology', Quaestio. Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics 19, pp. 279-292.

- Alexander Fidora 2020, 'The Soul as Harmony: A Disputed Doctrine of Twelfth-Century Cistercian Anthropology', Cistercian Studies Quarterly 55/3, pp. 333-345.

- Alexander Fidora 2020, 'The Latin Talmud and the Extension of Papal Jurisdiction over Jews', Medieval Worlds 11, pp. 152-164.

- Alexander Fidora 2020, 'The Challenges of Editing a Polemical Translation from the Thirteenth Century. The Extractiones de Talmud', in J. Henderson & R. Thomas (eds.), The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, pp. 107-122

Selected research activities

Fidora's team was recognized by the UAB as a research group of special relevance (Grup de recerca singular).

Start of a new research project on the fourteenth-century Rabbi Nissim of Girona and his 'Responsa', funded by the Rothschild Foundation (London).

Member of scientific review panels for national and international agencies, such as the Czech Science Foundation; appointment to the FWO Review College.