Research Team for the Study of Late Scholasticism

The team focuses on the research into early modern scholasticism, roughly 1500 AD to 1700 AD. The work is partly historical in nature, partly systematic and comparative: bridges are made from scholasticism to issues in current analytic philosophy (logic, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics, etc.) in the spirit of Anglo-American analytic approach to scholasticism. The work is mainly undertaken under the auspices of the Joint Research Group for the Study of Post-Medieval Scholasticism through which the department (and the latter sub-team) cooperates with the Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice on a formal basis (since 2008).

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doc. Petr Dvořák, Ph.D. - head of the department


Researcher in late scholastic philosophy and logic in relation to the contemporary analytic philosophy, especially metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. Focuses on topics such as logic of relations, predication, religious language, proofs of divine existence, future contingents, modalities, etc. Since 2010 head of department. In 2011-2014 editor-in-chief of Filosofický časopis. Teaches logic and philosophy at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacky University, Olomouc (part-time).

Mgr. Miroslav Hanke, Ph.D.


After receiving the Ph.D. degree at the Palacký University Olomouc in 2010 he worked as a researcher at the University of South Bohemia (2010–2011), lecturer of sociology at the Palacký University Olomouc (2011). Currently, he works as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (since 2011) and a researcher in the Research Centre for the Theory and History of Science within the Department of Philosophy of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (since 2012). His research focuses on late-medieval and post-medieval scholastic logic.

doc. Mgr. Daniel Heider, Ph.D.


He is researcher in the area of medieval and early modern scholasticism. He focuses on philosophy of mind (especially cognitive theory) and metaphysics of early Jesuits and Baroque Scotists. Since 2004 he teaches at the Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia (České Budějovice) and since 2016 he is also chair of Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies there.

Mgr. Kateřina Kutarňová, PhD. - research associate (postdoc, Czech Academy of Sciences)


Since 2021 Kateřina Kutarňová has been a post-doctoral researcher in the Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Thought of the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the relation between philosophy, religion and mysticism in the 17 th century. She focuses on the second-scholastic Carmelite authors developing the thought of Teresa of Avila in the perspective of the teaching of Thomas Aquinas. The crucial point of her research is the question of mystical knowledge.

prof. Ing. Tomáš Machula, Dr.


He studied philosophy and theology. At present, he is a professor of philosophy at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and a senior researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences. His research interests cover both history of philosophy and theology, especially Thomas Aquinas and his Renaissance and Early Modern commentators, and philosophical anthropology and ethics, especially virtue ethics.

doc. David Svoboda, Ph.D.


My scholarly interests include history of medieval and early modern academical philosophy, I am interested in metaphysical problems such as the ontology of relations and numbers, universals, Divine foreknowledge and human freedom. I study especially the thought of Thomas Aquinas and his followers. Since 2002 I am a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague and since 2003 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague.