Lecturers

Peter Adamson‘s primary areas of interest are late ancient philosophy and Arabic philosophy. His two monographs deal with the Arabic version of Plotinus, the so-called “Theology of Aristotle,” and with al-Kindi (d. after 870 AD). He has devoted articles to several figures of the Greek tradition: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Porphyry; and numerous philosophers of the Arabic tradition, including al-Kindi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, Yahya Ibn ‘Adi, Miskawayh, Avicenna, and Averroes. He has also edited and co-edited numerous books, including “The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy,” three further volumes on philosophy in the Islamic world for the Warburg Institute, several volumes for the Institute of Classical Studies including “Philosophical Themes in Galen,” and “Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays” for Cambridge University Press. In 2012 Prof Adamson moved to the LMU from King’s College London, but he retains a professorial affiliation there. He is also the host of the History of Philosophy podcast.

Luka Boršić wasn’t kidnapped by the Caribbean pirates and marooned on an island without a name. He was also not abducted by aliens and used for experiments. But nevertheless there are some things he’s done in his life which might be worth mentioning. He loves music and thus renounced an opportunity to become a professional musician out of fear he might lose this love. He has also renounced an opportunity to become an engineer, a decision causing a lot of worries to his parents. Instead, he decided to go, first, for ancient languages and then philosophy. He obtained his degree in classics from the University in Zagreb (an equivalent of a MA degree, in 2000). The academic vagabondage took him high up in the Alps, where he obtained a PhD degree in philosophy from the Internationale Akademie für Philosophy, in the Principality Liechtenstein (in 2001). The thesis was on Socratic irony and in essence more philological than philosophical, which reflects his teetering between philology and philosophy at the time.
After his return to Croatia, he got employed at the Institute of Philosophy and he obtained his second PhD from the University of Zagreb, in 2010, this time really in philosophy. The topic was on the emergence of modern science out of the Renaissance critique of Aristotle. He defended the idea that the emergence of modern science is, primarily, not a product of an apple that fell on Newton’s head or Galileo watching the sky, but of some not so famous guys writing against Aristotle. This has led him into a more than a decade long research on, mostly, Francesco Patrizi.
Some five or six years ago, a dissatisfaction with the present philosophical canon conjoined with a felicitous event – a random finding in an antique bookstore in Vienna – resulted in his ever-growing interest for women philosophers. The passion for discovering new and further analyzing already known women philosophers resulted in getting a project financed by the Croatian Science Foundation: “Croatian women philosophers in the European context”. The “Research Centre for Women in Philosophy”, which is the organizer of the summer school, is a child of this project.
Luka Boršić’s almost complete bibliography can be found at this site.

Ruth Hagengruber is Head of Philosophy at the University of Paderborn and Professor of Philosophy, specialized on the philosophy of Economics and Information Science and the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. In 2016, she founded the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists https://historyofwomenphilosophers.org. In 2006, she also founded the teaching and research area Philosophy and Computing, now the ECO TECH GENDER research & teaching area.
She received the award for Teaching Philosophy in the Media (2014). In 2015 she was awarded the Wiener Schmidt Prize of the Society for Cybernetics and Systems Theory and awarded the Fellowship Philosophy goes MOOC (2016).
Publications in the history of women philosophers began in German language, among those German translations of works by Anne Conway, Émilie Du Châtelet, Marie de Gournay, Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Cavendish in: Klassische philosophische Texte von Frauen (1998) and Von Diana zu Minerva. Akademie Verlag, 2010. She specialized in the philosophy of Du Châtelet and published: Émilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Newton (2011); “Cutting through the Veil of Ignorance – Rewriting the History of Philosophy”, was published in 2015, with Karen Green: History of Women’s Ideas, co-edited with Karen Green (The Monist, 2015); in 2020, she published “The Stolen History”. She published the first critical and historical online edition, The Saint Petersburg Manuscripts from Émilie Du Châtelet.
She is editor-in-chief of the German-speaking series in Springer: Frauen in der Geschichte der Philosophie und Wissenschaft and co-editor in chief of the International Springer series: Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences.

Iris Vidmar Jovanović is an assistant professor at the Department of philosophy, University of Rijeka. Her research interests include philosophy of art and aesthetics, primarily with respect to narrative art. She is also interested in metaphilosophy, modern philosophy and Kant’s aesthetics. She is currently a lead investigator of two research projects, the Croatian Scientific Council project entitled Aesthetic Education through Narrative Art and its Value for the Humanities, and the UNIRI project entitled Social and Technological Aspects of Art: Challenges of the ‘New Normal’. She is the secretary of the European Society for Aesthetics and one of the course directors of Philosophy of Art, Dubrovnik.  She was a visiting scholar at the University of York, UK, and at Columbia University in New York. She spent a year teaching at Auburn University. She is the editor of Narrative Art, Ethics and Knowledge (Rijeka, Filozofski fakultet, 2019). She is currently finalizing her book on philosophy of poetry.

Boris Kožnjak is Boris Kožnjak .

Martino Rossi Monti is a Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. He got his PhD at the University of Florence and conducted research at the University of Chicago and the University of Melbourne. Among his research interests are views on pain, suffering, and violence in the history of ideas; Plotinus and the Platonic tradition; and the theme of grace and beauty between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance.

Mary Ellen Waithe is Mary Ellen Waithe.

Marie-Élise Zovko, originally Deslattes, is a Senior Research Fellow with tenure at the Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, where she has been employed since 1991. She was born in Ithaca, New York, U.S.A., attended school in Maryland, did her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, with minors in English and German at James Madison Univ., Virginia, obtained her M.A. in Philosophy / German Philolology in 1985 with the thesis: Der Zeitbegriff bei Heidegger und Plotin (Heideggerovo i Plotinovo Poimanje Vremena Zagreb: Filozofska Istraživanja, 1991), and her PhD. in Philosophy/ German Philology/ Classical Greek Philology in 1992 with the thesis Natur und Gott: Das wirkungsgeschichtliche Verhältnis Schellings und Baaders (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1996) at Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i. Br. From 1992, she worked as academic lecturer and mentor,  later as Adj. professor for History of Philosophy (2008–2013) at the Dept. of Philosophy, Studia Croatica, University of Zagreb. Since 2012, she has been a mentor and dissertation advisor at the University of Zadar, Graduate program of Humanities Studies, Dept. of Philosophy. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Fulbright/ITT Intl. Fellowship (1981/82), Phil Kappa Phi First Year Graduate Fellowship (1982/83), Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Fellowships for Gifted Graduate Students (MA/PhD 1985-1990); Harvard Univ./Centre for Hellenic Studies Summer Scholar grant (1999), and DAAD Travel Grant (2009). She was Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University, in Fall semester, 2010–2011, Visiting Fellow, at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and recipient of a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, Lent Term 2016 for the project proposal: “Spinoza and the Conversion of Early Modern Thought”. She was co-director, with Prof. Violetta Waibel, University of Vienna, of the Bilateral Croatian-Austrian Research Project for the project: Cultivation and Transformation of Judgment in the Encounter of Philosophy, Culture and Art, with Particular Reference to the Philosophy of Kant and Hegel. She has received several grants from the Ministry of Science, and Education of the Republic of Croatia for her projects in philosophizing with children and youth  (Plato Society of Zagreb / Project Stohrenschule). She has chaired or co-chaired a number of international conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Münster, Graz, Vienna, Bonn, Cambridge, Zagreb, Osijek, and at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik.  She is presently a member of the international project “Reception of German Mysticism in Early Modern England”, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, directed by Torrance Kirby, Univ. of McGill, and Douglas Hedley, Univ. of Cambridge. Her areas of specialization afe Ancient Greek philosophy, Platonism/Neoplatonism, Mysticism, Spinoza, Kant, German Idealism, German Romantic philosophy, metaphysics, theory of mind, philosophizing with children/ philosophizing in life contexts.