Lidia Lanza

Academic Degree:
Professional Category:
FCT Researcher

Research Group: HPhil

Lidia Lanza is currently carrying out a project entitled Late Iberian Scholasticism between the Realm of Conscience and the Right to Punish, within the Investigator FCT programme (level: ‘Development Grant’). She was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Porto, with a project on justice and law in Late Iberian Scholasticism; a research fellow (Collaboratrice scientifique) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), with a project on the political thought of Peter of Auvergne; and a research fellow (Assegnista di ricerca) in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Florence, chair of History of Medieval Philosophy.



Main research fields

Medieval Philosophy; History of Medieval Political Though; the reception of Aristotle’s’ Politics and Ethics in the Middle Ages; Late Scholasticism and more specifically the reception of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa theologiae in the sixteenth century



— PhD in Medieval Latin Philology, University of Florence (Department of Medieval and Renaissance Studies), with a dissertation on the reception of Aristotle’s Politics in the 13th and 14th century.

— Graduation in Philosophy, University of Florence, with a thesis on History of Medieval Political Thought.


Honours and Fellowships

— Together with Marco Toste, holder of the Chaire Pierre Abélard at the University of Sorbonne, Paris (2018).

— Fellowships granted by European and American foundations (among others, the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas; the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany; the Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Florence).

— Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (three months), with a fellowship granted by the Fonds National Suisse pour la Recherche Scientifique.

Selected Publications

Books as author or editor

“Ei autem qui de politia considerat …”: Aristotele nel pensiero politico medievale (Textes et Études du Moyen Âge, 71), Barcelona: FIDEM (Brepols), 2013

— with Christoph FLÜELER and Marco TOSTE, Peter of Auvergne. University Master of the 13th Century (Scrinium Friburgense, 26), Berlin–München–Boston: De Gruyter, 2015


Articles in Journals and Chapters in Collective Volumes

“Utrum haeretici sint tolerandi”: The Debate in the Sixteenth-Century Iberian Commentary Tradition on Thomas Aquinas’s “Summa theologiae”, II-II, q. 11, in: Michael W. DUNNE–Susan GOTTLÖBER (eds.), Tolerance and Concepts of Otherness in Medieval Philosophy. Proceedings of the XXI Annual Colloquium of the SIEPM colloquium, Maynooth, 9-12 September 2015 (Rencontres de Philosophie Médiévale), Turnhout: Brepols [forthcoming]

To Reproach, or to Denounce? Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza’s Discussion of Fraternal Correction, in: Daniel D. NOVOTNÝ–Lukáš NOVÁK (eds.), Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641). System, Sources and Influence, Leiden: Brill [forthcoming]

— with Marco TOSTE, Sixteenth-Century Sentences Commentaries from Coimbra: The Structure and Content of Some Manuscripts, in: Studia Neoaristotelica, 15 (2018), pp. 217-282

Diego Pérez de Mesa’s “Política o razón de Estado” and the Medieval Commentary Tradition on Aristotle’s

“Politics”, in: Patristica et Mediaevalia, 38 (2017), pp. 33-52

— Chapter 7: Imperium Süd, Kirchenstaat und Königreich Sizilien: §32: Franziskaner, §34: Augustinereremiten, §35: Artisten, §36: Philosophie von Laien, in: Alexander BRUNGS–Vilem MUDROCH–Peter SCHULTHESS, (eds.), Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie, begründet von F. UEBERWEG, Band 4: Die Philosophie des Mittelalters. 13. Jahrhundert, Basel: Schwabe, 2017, pp. 957-975, 986-1015, 1018-1026

“Poenitentiam agite”. La penitenza è una virtù morale? L’etica di Aristotele tra Tommaso d’Aquino, Durando di San Porziano e la Seconda Scolastica, in: Anna RODOLFI (ed.), ‘Ratio practica’ et ‘ratio civilis’. Studi di etica e politica medievali per Giancarlo Garfagnini (Philosophica, 172), Pisa: ETS, 2016, pp. 249-269


Papers Presented in the Last Years (Selection)

2019 Obedecer à lei ou à própria consciência? Algumas observações sobre a reflexão proposta pelos autores da Segunda Escolástica [HPhil, Center of Philosophy, University of Lisbon, 14 February 2019]

2018 The Influence of Salamanca in the Iberian Peninsula: The Case of the Faculties of Theology of Coimbra and Évora [La Escuela de Salamanca: ¿un caso de produccíon global de conocimiento?, organised by the Max Planck Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Buenos Aires, 24-26 October 2018]

2018 The Power of Excommunication in Marsilius of Padua and in Some “Sentences” Commentators [Marsilius of Padua between History, Philosophy and Politics, University of Leuven, 6-7 July 2018]

2018 La tyrannie and Le prince, la loi et la punition [presented in the series of lectures Autour de la ‘Politique’ d’Aristote au Moyen Âge, Chaire Pierre Abélard, University of Sorbonne, 3-5 May]

2017 L’infidelitas tra peccato interiore e negazione esterna della fede. Il dibattito tra i Gesuiti tra ’600 e ’700 [[In]fidelitas: fra passato e presente, held at the University of Genova, 19-21 September 2017]

2016 Tyranny in Medieval Political Thought [9. Dies quodlibetalis. Modelle der Legitimation politischer Herrschaft im 14., 15. und 16. Jarhundert of the Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, 18-19 November 2016]