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    Mgr. Petr Pavlas, Ph.D.
    Oddělení pro komeniologii a intelektuální dějiny raného novověku FLÚ AV ČR, v. v. i.

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    11. 4. 2019, 16.00
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    Jilská 1, Praha 1

    Oddělení pro komeniologii a intelektuální dějiny raného novověku FLÚ AV ČR, v. v. i.

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Department of Comenius Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History

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Mgr. Petr Pavlas, Ph.D.

foto Mgr. Petr Pavlas, Ph.D.

Work position:  Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Fields of Interest:
- late Renaissance and early modern philosophy
- history of the idea of perfect language
- history of natural theology
- history of metaphors

- Encyclopaedism
- Metaphorologie
- Triadik
- Raymond of Sabunde, Nicholas of Cusa, John Amos Comenius, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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Education and Academic Qualification

- 2011–2015: (Ph.D.) Theory and History of Science and Technology, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Plzeň)

- 2009–2011: (Mgr.) Analytic Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Plzeň)

- 2006–2009: (Bc.) Humanities, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Plzeň)

- 2006: Cambridge First Certificate in English (Council of Europe Level B2), Pilsen (Plzeň)

Work Experience

- Since 01/2016: Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Comenius' studies and Early Modern Intellectual History (postdoctoral fellow)

- Since 09/2015: Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 03/2013–05/2015: Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Research Centre for the Theory and History of Science (researcher)

Lectures and Mentoring

- 2018/2019: Seminar „Reading and Interpretation of Latin Philosophical Texts"; seminar „Reading and Interpretation of Latin Philosophical Texts Z“; seminar „Modern Czech Philosophy" (in English), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 2017/2018: Seminar "Latin Philosophical Terminology"; Seminar "Modern Czech Philosophy" (in English), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 2016/2017: Lecture and Seminar "Fundamentals of Philosophy"; Seminar "Modern Czech Philosophy" (in English), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 2015/2016: Seminar „Interpretation of Philosophical Texts"; Seminar „Modern Czech Philosophy" (in English), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 2012/2013: Lecture „Philosophy 2", Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

- 2012/2013: Seminar „Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy", Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

Research Fields of Interest

- Late Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy, History of the Idea of Perfect Language, History of Natural Theology, Encyclopaedism, History of Metaphors, Metaphorologie, Triadik, Raymond of Sabunde, Nicholas of Cusa, John Amos Comenius, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Scholarships and Study Visits

- 06/2018–11/2018: research stay at Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt by prof. M. Mulsow

- 02/2017–08/2017: fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin by prof. W. Schmidt-Biggemann

- 01/2016–02/2016: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

- 09/2013–06/2014: fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin by prof. W. Schmidt-Biggemann (DAAD scholarship for Ph.D. students and young researchers)

Research Grants and International Projects

The University of West Bohemia

- SGS-2015-017 – Literary techniques in the Early Modern Scientific Discourse (team member)

- SVK1-2015-016 – Language of nature and language of science on the threshold of modern age (team member)

- SVK1-2014-011 – The Bible or Experience: Two Sources of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (team member)

- SVK1-2013-013 – Contra Aristotelem: Philosophy and Science in the Early Modern Europe (coordinator)

- SGS-2013-038 – Contra Aristotelem: Ancient and New Knowledge at the Dawn of Early Modern Age (coordinator)

- SGS-2012-038 – Libri mundi: Contribution to the Metaphorologie of Early Modern Age (team member)

- SVK2-2012-008 – World and the Book: Knowledge of Nature in the Early Modern Age (team member)

The Czech Science Foundation

- 2019–2021: Early Modern Encyclopaedism in the Centre and on the Peripheries: Lavinheta, Apáczai Csere, Comenius, Leibniz, 19-02938S (coordinator)

- 2014–2018: Between Renaissance and Baroque: Philosophy and Knowledge in the Czech Lands within the Wider European Context, GB14-37038G (team member)

EU Operational programmes

- 2018–2019: OP VVV CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_027/0008030 MEMPHIS – Mobility Enhancement in Philosophical Studies (team member)

- 2013–2015: OP VK CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0138 RCTHS – Research Centre for Theory and History of Science (team member)

Bibliography

Monograph

- Definovat a kombinovat: Komenského projekt posledního jazyka. [Define and Combine. Comenius’s Project of a Final Language.] Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2018. ISBN 978-80-7465-365-0.

- Trinus liber Dei: Komenského místo v dějinách metaforiky knihy. [Trinus liber Dei: The place of Comenius in the history of the book metaphor.] Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2015. ISBN 978-807465139-7.
[Review: Lukavec, Jan. Literatura, 7. 1. 2016, http://iliteratura.cz/Clanek/35845/pavlas-petr-trinus-liber-dei-komenskeho-misto-v-dejinachmetaforiky-knihy. Žemla, Martin. SCeH, 46 (2016, 95–96, p. 192–195.]

Selected Articles

- "The Best of All Possible Languages". Marin Mersenne as a Source of Comenius’s Combinatorial Approach to Language Planning. Acta Comeniana, 31 (2017). [In preparation.]

- Slovo jako definice: Komenského logický purismus. [Word as Definition: Comenius’s Logical Purism.] Studia Comeniana et Historica, 47 (2017), 97–98, p. 55–72.

- Jan Patočka’s Transcendentalia and categories on Jan Amos Comenius’s Triadic System and Its Cusan Inspiration. Acta Comeniana, 30 (2016), p. 1977–200.

- The Role of Protestantism in the Emergence of Modern Science: Critiques of Harrison's Hypothesis. Teorie vědy. [Theory of science.], 37 (2015), 2, p. 159–171.

- The Idea of Perfect Language in F. M. van Helmont and J. A. Comenius. Studia Comeniana et Historica, 43 (2013), 89–90, p. 286–305.

- Přírodní filosofie Tommasa Campanelly. [Tommaso Campanella’s Natural Philosophy.] Pro–Fil, 14 (2013), 2, p. 44–63.

- Boží knihy, kniha přírody a věcný jazyk u J. A. Komenského. [God’s Books, the Book of Nature and the Real Language in John Amos Comenius.] Acta Fakulty filozofické Západočeské univerzity, 4 (2012), p. 17–40.

- Teilhardova vědeckost jako otevřená otázka. [Teilhard’s Scientific Status as an Open Question.] Teologické texty: Časopis pro teoretické a praktické otázky teologie, 23 (2012), 4, p. 179–186.

- Teilhard, Monod a Dawkins aneb Není evolucionismus jako evolucionismus. [Teilhard, Monod and Dawkins or Evolutionism not Always the Same.] Teologické texty: Časopis pro teoretické a praktické otázky teologie, 21 (2010), 4, p. 180–188.

Articles in edited Volumes

- The Book Metaphor Triadised: A Layman’s Bible and God’s Books in Raymond of Sabunde, Nicholas of Cusa and Jan Amos Comenius. In Burton, S. – Hollmann, J. – Parker, E. (eds.). Nicholas of Cusa and Early Modern Reform. Leiden: Brill, 2018, p. 384–416.

- Trojnost jako řád i metoda: Příspěvek k triadologické komeniologii. [Triadism as an Order and Method: A Contribution to Triadic Comeniology.]. In Řezníková, L. – Urbánek, V. (eds.). Ex definitione: Pansofické pojmy J. A. Komenského a jejich dobové kontexty: Studie Martinu Steinerovi. Praha: Filosofia, 2017, p. 289–299. [Studie a prameny k dějinám myšlení v českých zemích; 16.]. ISBN 978-80-7007-504-3.

- The Book of the Mind: The Shift Towards the Subject in Patrizi and Comenius. In Nejeschleba, T. – Blum, P. R. (eds.). Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, 2014, p. 343–358. ISBN 978-80-244- 4428-4.

Reviews

- (Review). Špelda, D. Pravda – dcera času: O původu ideje pokroku poznání. [Truth – Daughter of Time: On the Origin of the Idea of Scientific Progress]. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2015. ISBN 978-80-7465-193-9. Acta Comeniana, 30 (2016), p. 201–211.

- (Review). Burton, S. J. G. BURTON. The Hallowing of Logic: The Trinitarian Method of Richard Baxter's Methodus Theologiae. Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2012. ISBN 978-90-04-22640-1. Acta Comeniana, 29 (2015), p. 188–191.

- Příroda se nerada svléká. [Nature takes clothes off grudgingly.] (Review). Hadot, P. Závoj Isidin. [The Veil of Isis.] Praha: Vyšehrad, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7429-013-8. Acta Fakulty filozofické Západočeské univerzity, 2 (2012), p. 169– 172.

- Zápasníci s přírodou: vědci a ti druzí. [Wrestlers with Nature: Scientists and the Others.] (Review). Harrison, P. – Numbers, R. – Shank, M. (eds.). Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Teorie vědy. [Theory of Science.], 35 (2013), 1, p. 154–161.

Translations

- Patočka, J. Transcendentalia and categories. Acta Comeniana, 30 (2016). [In preparation.] (Translated from the Czech original text “Transcendentalia a kategorie”.)

- Sato, M. Vrozenost jako přirozenost u Descarta. Kuděj: Časopis pro kulturní dějiny, 2 (2012), p. 64–81. (Translated from the English original text „Innateness as naturality in Descartes".)

Conferences, lectures, posters

- The Slavic Language(s) as an Inspiration for Comenius’s Project of a Universal Language. Conference Neo-Latin Scholarship on the Slavs at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, 5.–7. 12. 2018.

- A Trivial-Quadrivial Mixture: Combinatorial Mathematics and the Language Planning from Cardano to Comenius. Conference From Quadrivium to Natural Sciences: New Impulses in the Traditional Framework at the University of Ostrava, 15.–16. 11. 2018.

- Metafyzické koncepce Komenského okruhu očima scholastického karteziána. Conference Místo Komenského v dějinách evropského metafyzického myšlení at the University of Pardubice, 13.–14. 11. 2018.

- The Search for a Final Language: Jan Amos Comenius's Linguistic Eschatology. Conference Imagining the Last Things at the British School at Rome, 25.–26. 10. 2018.

- Comenius’s Unlimited Combinations: The Protestant Exile on the Infinity of Possible Words and Its Mersennian Inspiration. International Society for Intellectual History Annual Conference in St Andrews, 10.–13. 6. 2018.

- Číslo 3 žije. Komenský o trojjediné knize Božího zjevení v přírodě, mysli a Písmu. Invited Lecture at the New Town Hall in Brno, 24. 3. 2018

- The Best of All Possible Languages: Marin Mersenne as a Probable Source of Jan Amos Comenius’ Combinatorial Approach to Language Planning. Workshop Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science in IRH ICUB Bucharest, 12.–16. 3. 2018.

-Word and Definition. Comenius on Perfect Language. Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, 3. 7. 2017.

- Triadism and the Book Metaphor in John Amos Comenius. International Society for Neoplatonic Studies 2017 Annual Conference, Faculty of Arts of the Palacký University in Olomouc, 16. 6. 2017.

- A Neglected Chapter in the 17th Century Language Planning: Comenius’s Lingua Realis. Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warszaw, 8. 6. 2017.

- The Book Metaphor Triadised: A layman’s Bible and God’s books in Raymond of Sabunde, Nicholas of Cusa and John Amos Comenius. ISIH annual conference The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, 30. 5. 2017.

- The Protestant Reformation, Natural Theology and Language Planning. Comenius’ Real Language. Scientiae conference, Padova, 21. 4. 2017.

- Dokonalý jazyk mezi logikou a mystikou: J. A. Komenský a F. M. van Helmont. Palacký University in Olomouc, 16. 2. 2017.

- Slovo jako definice: Komenského logický purismus. 30. mezinárodní komeniologické kolokvium. Museum of J. A. Comenius in Uherský Brod, 12.–13. 10. 2016.

- Knize knih vstříc. Komenský jako filosof a teolog. Klatovy, City library, 23. 5. 2016.

- Kniha přírody. Příspěvek k dějinám jedné zbožné i kacířské metafory. Prague, Charles University, 4. 3. 2016.

- Kniha přírody a přirozená teologie (Možná přijde i Komenský...). Klatovy, Czech Christian Academy, HIFI club, 26. 11. 2015.

- Trinus liber Dei: Komenského místo v dějinách metaforiky „knihy přírody". Prague, The Czech Academy of Sciences, 15. 10. 2015.

- Soul as a Book in Patrizi and Comenius: A Contribution to the History of Metaphors. Conference The Bible or Experience: Two Sources of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe – Pilsen, University of West Bohemia, 25. 9. 2014.

- Hledání řádu v knize světa: od přírodního symbolismu k moderní vědě? Conference Letní filosofická škola 2014: Idea řádu v minulosti a současnosti – Dub nad Moravou, 2. 7. 2014.

- The Book of Mind: The Turn to Subject in Patrizi and Comenius. Conference Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance – Olomouc, Palacký University, Corpus Christi Chapel, 26. 4. 2014.

- Breaking the Wall of Harrison's Hypothesis. Conference Falling Walls Lab 2013 – Berlin, Academy of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 8. 11. 2013.

- Kosmologie, proroctví a medicína u Tommasa Campanelly. Conference Contra Aristotelem: Philosophy and Science in the Early Modern Age – Pilsen, Austrian Library, 10. 9. 2013.

- Campanellova přírodněfilosofická poezie. Conference Věda a filosofie ve filmu a literatuře – Brno, Masaryk University, 23.–24. 5. 2013.

- Komenského Boží knihy ve světle Harrisonovy hypotézy. Conference Komenský – myslitel harmonie – Pardubice, University of Pardubice, 12.–13. 11. 2012.

- Mundus enim hic liber est: kniha světa u Komenského. Conference The Book and the World: Knowledge of Nature in the Early Modern Age – Pilsen, University of West Bohemia, 20. 9. 2012.

- Kniha a jazyk přírody mezi renesancí a novověkem. Conference Poznávání přírody v proměnách filosofie a vědy – Pilsen, University of West Bohemia, 14. 6. 2012.

- Filosofie vědy Teilharda de Chardin. Conference Mladá filozofia: Povaha súčasnej filozofie a jej metódy – Bratislava, The Slovak Academy of Sciences, 15.–16. 3. 2012.

[Trinus liber Dei: The place of Comenius in the history of the book metaphor.]

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