Doc. Tomáš Nejeschleba, Ph.D., coordinator of the Olomouc research team, associate professor of history of philosophy at the Department of philosophy. He studied history, philosophy and classical philology in Olomouc and worked as research fellow and scientific secretary in the former Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts. Currently he is the head of the Centre for Renaissance Texts. He is the author of books on St. Bonaventura and on Johannes Jessenius and the co-author of Czech editions of Renaissance philosophical texts (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, Pietro Pomponazzi).
Prof. Paul Richard Blum is visiting professor at Palacký University during the academic years 2015-2017. He is T.J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, USA. Since 2012 he is research fellow at the Centre for Renaissance Texts in Olomouc. After studies of philosophy and German literature in Cologne, Munich, Freiburg, and Florence he taught at Freie Universität Berlin, where he obtained the habilitation. 1996-2002 he was professor at Catholic Péter Pázmány University in Budapest/Piliscsaba. He specializes in Renaissance and Second Scholasticism philosophy. Among his books are Philosophy of Religion in the Renaissance (2010) and Studies on Early Modern Aristotelianism (2012).
Dr. Elisabeth Blum is visiting professor at Palacký University during the academic years 2015-2017. She is affiliate professor at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, USA. Since 2012 she is research fellow at the Centre for Renaissance Texts in Olomouc. After studies in ethnology, Slavic languages, and philosophy she obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Munich with a published thesis on Avicenna. She translated Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestiatrionfante into German with extended commentary and published several papers in this context. Special research interests: humanist skepticism and religious heterodoxy in the 15th and 16th centuries; philosophical mannerism.
Prof. Pavel Floss, emeritus professor at the Department of philosophy, research fellow at the Centre for Renaissance Texts. He is an outstanding figure of 20th century Comenius Studies, author of many books and articles on Comenius and foremost on his philosophy. Prof. Floss analyses sources of Comenius’s philosophical thought, especially he paid attention to Nicolaus of Cusa, to whom he dedicated two monographs. He is the author of synthetic woks on the history of Medieval and Renaissance philosophy. He was head of the Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts, founded the Comeniological conferences in Uherský Brod and the academic journal Studia comeniana et historica.
Prof. Jaroslav Miller, M.A., Ph.D., professor of history at the Department of history, head of the Department of history. He studied early modern history in Olomouc and at Central European University in Budapest and comparative history at Central European University in Budapest and at University of Oxford. His main scholarly interests are concerned with urban history of Europe, intellectual history, medieval and early modern political thought (especially John Barclay), the idea of Central Europe and comparative history.
PhDr. Jozef Matula, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Department of philosophy and research fellow at the Centre for Renaissance Texts. He studied philosophy in Olomouc, Budapest (Central European University), London (fellowship at Warburg Institute), Athens and Florence (fellowship at Villa I Tatti). Among his research interests are Medieval philosophy (Thomas Aquinas and Albert the Great), Renaissance Italian philosophy and Byzantine philosophy (Georgios Gemistos Plethon).
Mgr. Martin Žemla, Ph.D. research fellow at the Centre for Renaissance Texts. He is a translator and editor of Latin (Tauler, Eckhart) and German mystical texts from the Middle Ages to Early Modern period (Theologia Deutsch, Walentin Weigel, Jacob Boehme). In the centre of his research interests are German mystical authors of the 16th and the 17th century and their philosophical sources.
Mgr. Jan Čížek, Ph.D. studied at the Department of philosophy in Olomouc; his Ph.D. thesis focused on the anthropology of Jan Amos Comenius in his late work. Within Centre for Renaissance Texts he was also working on the problem of the influence of Francesco Patrizi on Comenius.
Mgr. Jiří Michalík, currently Ph.D. student at the Department of philosophy in the final year of his Ph.D. studies; his Ph.D. thesis deals with the relationship of the philosophy of Robert Fludd and Johannes Kepler. His research and publication activities within Centre for Renaissance Texts are focused on the philosophical conditions of the emergence of modern mathematical science.
Mgr. Jakub Hlaváček, Ph.D., is a translator from Latin (Nicolaus of Cusa, Giordano Bruno) and a specialist in the 16th and 17th century alchemical literature (Michael Maier, Khunrath, Croll) and its philosophical sources and meaning. He prepared a Czech translation of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens.