The Project

A digital platform for the History of Philosophy and Theology in Coimbra (1542-1772)

ISBN: 9789895432806
ISSN: 2184-2868 

Only a few Institutions in Europe can boast of being such an important chapter in European culture as the University of Coimbra, and its unique philosophical tradition, which had already started in the Middle Ages, is still nowadays a crucial passage to understanding the entire History of Philosophy.

The project aims to contribute to demonstrating that. Launched online in 2018 by the University of Coimbra’s Instituto de Estudos Filosóficos (IEF), under the direction of Prof. Mário Santiago de Carvalho and the coordination of Dr. Simone Guidi, it will give access from worldwide to a large collection of information, accurate entries, updated bibliographies, and direct links to the digital version of the most important documents related to Coimbra.

From 2023, is jointly managed by the IEF and the Institute for the European Intellectual Lexicon and History of Ideas of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ILIESI), as part of a wider partnership between the two research institutions.

Coimbra: 1542-1772

In the broad philosophical tradition of Coimbra, the project is meant to deal with a specific chronological span of 250 years, that is from 1542 — the year of the founding, by the Jesuits, of the College of Arts in the city — to 1772, that is the year in which the Marquis of Pombal approved a new statute for the University, addressing its activities in other directions.

These coordinates thus reflect a specific research aim, that is focusing on those years in which Coimbra has been a prominent center of European Aristotelianism, while its influence has travelled in the world pushed by the multiple editions of the famous Cursus Conimbricensis and when the city hosted the teaching and the heritage of some of the most influent thinkers of the world: Luis Molina, Pedro da Fonseca, Francisco Suárez and many others.

An online peer-reviewed Encyclopedia

The concrete aim of the project, it is to build the first online, fully open access digital repository on Coimbra and its tradition. The double purpose leading the building of the Encyclopedia is, on the one hand, to let scholars from all over the world access clear and definite information, and, on the other hand, to inspire research on smaller authors, giving to the researchers an opportunity to meet them and their works. This is why all the entries will be written in English and they will be from the beginning realized by an international community of researchers, from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, the United States and many other countries.

The Encyclopedia will be organized into four main sections: the first one is completely devoted to authors and scholars who lived and thought in Coimbra, with a particular focus on Luis Molina, Pedro da Fonseca, and Manuel de Góis, as well as on the editorial history of the influential Cursus; a second section will be instead fully dedicated to Francisco Suárez, his life, his thought and his cultural heritage in Portugal and Europe; a third section, that will be launched in a second phase, will be realized with the help of scholars in the field of Chinese culture, and it will deal with the history of the Cursus in China (including attempts of translation and adaptation); a fourth section will be devoted to the influence of Coimbra’s Aristotelianism on the Portuguese and Spanish colonies in South America.

Finally, specific attention will be directed to the educational aspects of the Jesuits’ activity in Coimbra, focusing especially on educational practice, the relationship between education and publishing, and the relationship between education and architecture.