International Conference: Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641): System, Sources and Influence

Friday 25 November 2016 Whole day


Sunday 27 November 2016 Whole day

International Conference of The Joint Research Group for the Study of Post-Medieval Scholasticism (Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice & Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) organized as part of the Project of the Centre of Excellence “Between Renaissance and Baroque: Philosophy and Knowledge in the Czech Lands within the Wider European Context” (Czech Science Foundation)

When: Friday 25th November to Sunday 27th November, 2016

Where: Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, Kněžská 8, České Budějovice, 37001, Czech Republic


Dear active and (potentially) passive attendees of the conference on Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza,    as the attachment file, at last, I am sending you the programme of our conference „Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641): System, Sources and Influence“. You will find the programme both in the booklet and the poster form (the second in two subversions). Beside the programme I am also sending you the document in the booklet form with all the necessary practical information.     As for the accommodation, the speakers will be lodged in two hotels in the centre of České Budějovice, namely in the hotel Klika (http://www. and in the hotel U solné brány (http://www. All the active contributors will have their accommodation paid for three nights from the 25th of November (Friday) up to 27th November (Monday). In order to find out about your personal lodging please contact Ms. Leona Šťastná.   Her e-mail:   We are looking forward to seeing you all in České Budějovice in a couple of weeks!   With best wishes   Daniel Heider,   Lukáš Novák,   Daniel D. Novotný

Information Booklet

Programme of the Conference



The Basque Jesuit thinker Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641), unlike his older contemporary Francisco Suárez, is today an almost unknown author of philosophical and theological works. Yet he stands at the beginning of a tradition of philosophical and theological textbook writing that provided educational background to philosophers and theologians throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Historians have so far neglected this tradition or gave it only a superficial look, perhaps assuming that the claim “if you see one of these textbooks, you have seen them all” is true. This assumption, however, needs to be reexamined. It has been shown, for instance, that Hurtado held, within the scholasticism of the time, original views on several topics such as universals and beings of reason. The question, then, remains whether Hurtado’s views were unusual in other areas as well, in logic, natural philosophy, psychology, ethics, political philosophy, and theology, and what the value of his innovations was, if any. In order to determine an answer to this question it is necessary to start with careful analyses of particular passages from his work. The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for presentation of the results of such analyses. These results may then serve as the first step in establishing the proper place of Hurtado and his work in a broader historical and systematic context. The search for this context includes identification of Hurtado’s sources, comparison of his views to views of previous scholastic authors (Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Suarez, etc.), tracing of his influence or non-influence in later scholastic (Arriaga, Poinsot, Mastri, Izquierdo, etc.) and non-scholastic (Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, etc.) authors.

The goal of this conference is to take an in-depth look at Hurtado, one of the first authors in the Baroque philosophy textbook tradition that provided the background not just for scholastic but also for non-scholastic thought of the time.

Confirmed Speakers: Ulrich Leinsle, Thomas Marschler, Sydney Penner, Jacob Schmutz, Daniel Schwartz, Bernd Roling


Conference language: English


Call for Papers:

Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme.

To submit, please email an abstract – maximum 600 words – to Daniel Heider ( In a separate file the email should contain the author’s brief CV including name, position, affiliation, selection of publications and contact details. The deadline for abstract submission is 20th July 2016.

There is no conference fee. Moreover, the organizers will cover the speakersʼ accommodation costs.

The scheduled length of lectures is 40 minutes including approx. 10 minutes for discussion.


Steering committee:

Daniel Heider (Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia & Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences),

Daniel Novotný (Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia),

Lukáš Novák (Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia & Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague),