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Di Liscia, Daniel A.

Dr. Daniel A. Di Liscia

Postdoctoral Fellow


Mailing Address:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Logik und Sprachphilosophie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Room 122
D-80539 München

Phone: 49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5748


Further Information

Daniel A. Di Liscia studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires with a specialization in the history of late medieval and early modern philosophy (1989). With support first from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and later from the Antorchas Foundation, he completed his Ph. D. at the LMU München (summa cum laude). After three years of collaboration at the Munich Copernicus Edition, he came to the Kepler-Kommission in the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, where he worked for six years, the final four as “Wissenschaftlicher Leiter”.

Research Interests

Daniel A. Di Liscia’s research interests are in the history of philosophy and science from late medieval to early modern times. His focus lies on two branches of research: the history of Renaissance cosmology, especially in connection with Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler, and the tradition of the “calculators”. The background for both subjects is the same: the late Aristotelian tradition in logic, epistemology and, above all, natural philosophy.

  1. Late medieval history of logic and philosophy of language: theory of „consequentiae“; syllogistic and concept of deduction in medieval logic and mathematics. Late medieval physics: quantification of motion and qualities within the Aristotelian framework, nature and motion, continuum and infinite; latitude of forms and „configurations doctrine“. Humanistic criticism of calculators (Juan Luis Vives).
  2. Modern cosmology and history of science: Gravity in Copernicus and Kepler; Kepler on pneumatics; mathematics and metrology in Kepler; the late Aristotelian Tradition and the new cosmology; Renaissance epistemology (the “middle sciences”, regressus demonstrativus and the kind of scientific proofs). Joachim Jungius and late Aristotelianism. Logic-mathematical approaches in traditional philosophical and scientific works (Aristoteles, Richard Swineshead, Jean Buridan, Nicole Oresme, Albert of Saxony; Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, Joachim Jungius, Johannes Kepler, G. W. Leibniz).

Further Activities in Research and Teaching

Daniel A. Di Liscia remains active as a referee for several journals and international research foundations. In 2007, he was appointed associate member of the Centro de Estudios Filosóficos Eugenio Pucciarelli (Sección Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia)” of the Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Buenos Aires. In 2008, he co-organised at Strasbourg (together with E. Mehl, Université Marc Bloch) the international conference: “Physique, métaphysique, physique céleste Autour de l’Astronomia Nova de Johannes Kepler (1609)”. During 2009-2010, he participated in the Project EEDA (“Une Époque en Édite une Autre”) at the University of Nantes, France (Direction of the Project by Prof. Everlyne Barbin and Prof. Gerhardt Stenger. During 2009-2011, he participated in the international Project M:444 ARG-11311310 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - with partial support of Conicet, Argentina - on a collaborative research project between the Universities of Buenos Aires (Prof. Dr. J. Legris) and Paderborn (Prof. Dr. V. Peckhaus) dealing with the history of logic. He is collaborating member of Instituto de Filosofia, in the area of Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of the University of Porto and participates in the project located at the same institute "From Data to Wisdom". Di Liscia is member of the international advisory board of the CNERU (Cordoba Near East Research Unit). During May 2018 he organised the international conference at the MCMP "Quantifying Aristotle. The Impact, Spread and Decline of the Calculatores Tradition".

Di Liscia has presented papers at universities across Europe and the Americas, during 2017/18 in: Buenos Aires, Chieti, Cordoba, München, Paris, Porto, Tours and Wien.

Since the very beginning of his career, Di Liscia has connected his studies and work with teaching activities, firstly as a collaborator in the introductory courses on epistemology at the University of Buenos Aires, then as a teacher for philosophy at the undergraduate Jewish school “Tarbut”. As a lecturer, he has led courses regularly since 2003 on Renaissance cosmology and various other topics concerning the tradition of the “calculatores” at the Renaissance Institute of the LMU. In addition, Di Liscia was a visiting professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin- en-Yvelines and Paris/Diderot (France) and at the Universities of Tres de Febrero and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Thanks ERASMUS-support he could teach and present the main results of his research work at the university of Chieti/Pescara and at the university of Cordoba.

After the project “From a logic-mathematical standpoint: Richard Swineshead and the calculatores tradition”, (funded by LMU Munich‘s Institutional Strategy within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative), Di Liscia started his project “Die Geometrisierung der Metaphysik im Spätmittelalter: Jacobus de Neapoli und die Tradition De perfectione specierum” (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). He is preparing an edition of this treatise, of a 15th century commentary upon it, and of other related materials. His last publication was "The Subject Matter of Physics and Metaphysics in Jacques Legrand's Compendium utriusque philosophie", in: Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval, 24 (2017), pp. 247-263.

In addition, he is writing in collaboration with his colleague Javier Legris (Buenos Aires) a monography on „Karl Prantl and the new, mathematical, logic".

Selected Publications

Many of my papers are available online.

  • Daniel A. Di Liscia, Zwischen Geometrie und Naturphilosophie. Die Entwicklung der Formlatitudenlehre im deutschen Sprachraum (vii + 467 pp.), als Mikrofiche erschienen (München, Universitätsbibliothek, sign.: 0001/UMC 18387).
  • D. A. Di Liscia / E. Kessler / Ch. Methuen (eds.): Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature. The Aristotle Commentary Tradition, Adeshot – Brookfield – Singapore – Sidney: Ashgate, 1997 (vii + 409 pp.).
  • F. Boockmann / D. A. Di Liscia / H. Kothmann (eds.), Miscellanea Kepleriana. Festschrift für Volker Bialas zum 65. Geburtstag, Augsburg: Dr. Erwin Rauner Verlag, 2005 (v + 331 pp.) [Algorismus. Studien zur Geschichte der Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, hrsg. v. Menso Folkerts, Bd. 47].
  • Johannes Kepler. Gesammelte Werke, vol. XXI.2.1. Manuscripta Astrologica – Manuscripta Pneumatica, München: Beck Verlag, 2009 (Beitrag: Manuscripta Pneumatica, Edition und Kommentar).
  • „Velocidad quo ad effectus y velocidad quo ad causas: la tradición de los calculadores y la metodología aristotélica“, in: D. A. Di Liscia / E. Kessler / Ch. Methuen (eds.), Method and Order ... (1997), S. 143–176.
  • „Die fallenden Körper und die Rätsel des Domingo de Soto“, in: M. Segre / E. Knobloch (eds.), Der ungebändigte Galilei. Beiträge zu einem Symposion, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag [Sudhoff Archiv Beihefte 44], 2001, pp. 9–22.
  • „‚El libro encadenado‘: Eine Sammelhandschrift naturphilosophischer Schriften von Jean Buridan“ (Ms. Buenos Aires, Biblioteca Nacional 342R)“, in: Vivarium 39/1 (2001), pp. 52–86.
  • „Agostinismo e Aristotelismo“, Kap. 17 von: Storia della Scienza (9 Bde.), J. North / R. Halleux (Eds.), Bd. 4: Medioevo, Rinascimento, Roma [Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana], 2001, pp. 293–308.
  • „Der von Amplonius Rattinck dem Oresme zugeschriebene Tractatus de terminis confundentibus und dessen verschollene Handschrift (Hs. Pommersfelden, Graf von Schönborn Schloßbibliothek, 236 [2858])“, in: Traditio 56 (2001), pp. 89–108.
  • Operosum negotium: Jungius’ doxoskopische Betrachtung des Aristotelismus von Zabarella“, in: G. Piaia (ed.), La presenza dell’ aristotelismo padovano nella filosofia della prima modernità, Roma, u.a.: Antenore, 2002, pp. 219–262.
  • „Copernicanische Notizen und Exzerpte in einer Handschrift des Zeitgenossen von Kepler, Johannes Broscius“, in: F. Boockmann / D. A. Di Liscia / H. Kothmann (Eds.), Miscellanea Kepleriana ... (2005), pp. 107–127.
  • „Kalkulierte Ethik: Vives und die ‚Zerstörer‘ der Moralphilosophie (Le Maistre, Cranston und Almain)“, in: S. Ebbersmeyer / E. Keßler (eds.), Ethik: Wissenschaft oder Lebenskunst? Modelle der Normenbegründung von der Antike bis zur frühen Neuzeit, Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2007, pp. 75–105.
  • Excerpta de uniformitate et difformitate: Una compilación físico–matemática en Ms. Paris, Bl. de l’Arsenal, Lat. 522 hasta ahora desconocida“, in: Patristica et Mediaevalia 27 (2007), pp. 1–28.
  • „Walter Burley, Paulus Venetus und die Tradition De instanti (mit dem Tractatus de instanti des Paulus Venetus nach Hs. Florenz, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, II. IV. 553, ff. 68va– 69va)“, in: A. Speer / D. Wirmer (eds..), Das Sein der Dauer, [Miscellanea Mediaevalia 34], Berlin – New York, 2008, pp. 123–150.
  • „El concepto de causalidad y el desarrollo de una teoría cosmológica en Johannes Kepler“, in: Anales de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Buenos Aires XL/(2) (2007), pp. 725–753.
  • „Gaetano da Thienes Quaestio de perpetuitate intellectus“, in: Sol et homo. Mensch und Natur in der Renaissance. Festschrift für Eckhard Keßler zum 70. Geburtstag, Ebbersmeyer,
S. / Pirner-Pareschi, H., Ricklin, T. (Eds.), München, 2008, pp. 155–193. In Zusammenarbeit mit Sabrina Ebbersmeyer.
  • „Kepler’s A Priori Copernicanism in his Mysterium Cosmographicum“, in: M. A. Granada / E. Mehl (eds.), Nouveau ciel, Nouvelle terre. L’astronomie copernicienne dans l’Allemagne de la Réforme (1530–1630), Paris, Belles Lettres, 2009 [collection l’Âne d’Or], pp. 283–317.
  • „Johannes Kepler“, in: E. Zalta (Hrsg.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2011.
  • Reviews of: E. P. Bos, Logica modernorum in Prague about 1400. The sophistria disputations ‚quoniam quatuor‘ (Ms. Cracow, Jagiellonian Library 686, ff. 1ra–79rb), with a partial reconstruction of Thomas of Cleves’ Logica, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2004; in: Patristica et Mediaevalia 27 (2008), pp. 146–147.
  • Reviews of: Nicholas Jardine; Alain Philippe Segonds: La Guerre des Astronomes: La querelle au sujet de l’origine du système géo-hèliocentrique à la fin du XVIe siècle (Science and humanisme). 2 vols. Xix + 852 pp. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2008 ; in: Isis 101 ( 2010), pp. 615–617.