Monthly Archives: May 2015

Reformation and Renaissance Review on the Brest Bible

We are proud to announce the publication of the special issue of the Reformation and Renaissance Review which is dedicated to the Brest Bible of 1563 and was guest-edited by Piotr Wilczek and Simon Burton. This issue gathers a selection of papers that were originally presented at the conference commemorating the 450th anniversary of the publication of this translation of the Bible into Polish, co-organized in November 2013 by the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ and the Faculty of Theology of the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw.

Reformation and Renaissance Review 2015, vol. 17, issue 1, “The Brest Bible (1563): History, Language, Culture, Theology”, edited by Piotr Wilczek and Simon J. G. Burton

The issue will be available soon via the publisher’s website.


Ian Hazlett

Editors’ introduction
Piotr Wilczek and Simon J.G. Burton

The Reformation in sixteenth-century Poland: a success story or a failure?
Jacek Wijaczka

Reformed church buildings in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the early-modern period
Piotr Birecki

Hebraica veritas in the Brest Bible
Rajmund Pietkiewicz

The current state of research by Polish linguists on the Brest Bible: an overview
Stanisław Koziara

The Brest Bible and other Polish translations of the Bible in the poetical works of Erazm Otwinowski
Piotr Wilczek

The Brest Bible: trinitarian and Christological issues
Rafał Marcin Leszczynski

The transconfessional character of the doctrine of justification and its depiction on the title page of the Brest Bible
Aurelia Zdunczyk

The Tree of Knowledge – seminar schedule

We are pleased to announce the programme of our next event, a work-in-progress seminar on knowledge and structure of sciences and arts in late medieval and early modern thought. The seminar is organized by Dr Simon Burton and Dr Michał Choptiany, both of whom are postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”. All inquiries regarding the seminar should be sent to the following email address: arborscientiarum2015[AT]

The Tree of Knowledge: Theories of Sciences and Arts in Central Europe, 1400-1700

Faculty of “Artes Liberales” | University of Warsaw

28–29 May 2015

 Preliminary schedule


Thursday | 28 May

I. Morning session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Nowy Świat 69, staircase B, 4th floor, conference room

10:00–10:15 Official welcome

10:15–11:45 Panel 1: Space, Objects and Production of Knowledge

Chair: Simon Burton (University of Warsaw)

Susanne Beiweis (University of Vienna), Magical objects as instrument of knowledge in Marsilio Ficinoʼs De vita

Yanan Qizhi (Pennsylvania State University), Spectacular Knowledge: the Use of Theatrical Spaces in Early Modern Kunstkammer

11:45–12:15 Coffee break

12:15–13:45 Panel 2: On the Concept of Method

Chair: Wojciech Ryczek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Sandra Bihlmaier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Melanchthon´s concept of method and its conversion to Ramism: a late sixteenth century endeavor

Daniel Heider (University of South Bohemia), The Notitia Intuitiva and Notitia Abstractiva of the External Senses in Second Scholasticism: Suárez, Poinsot and Francisco de Oviedo

13:45–15:00 Lunch break


II. Afternoon session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Dobra 72, floor -1, conference room


15:00–16:30 Panel 3: Between Ramism and Anti-Ramism: Bartholomaeus Keckermann and his Thought

Chair: Michał Choptiany (University of Warsaw)

Stefan Heßbrüggen (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Keckermann on Studying History Philosophically

Wojciech Ryczek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Speaking freely: Keckermann on figure/idea of parrhesia

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–18:30 Panel 4: Theories of Knowledge in Practice

Chair: Stefan Heßbrüggen (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Lucie Storchová (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague), Paginarius for School Needs: Reception of Ramism at the University of Prague after 1600

Michał Choptiany (University of Warsaw), Danzig readers of Ramus and Ramists: Keckermann & Co.


Friday | 29 May

III. Morning session

Venue: Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Nowy Świat 69, staircase B, 4th floor, conference room


9:00–10:30 Panel 5: Method and Epistemology

Chair: Susanne Beiweis (University of Vienna)

Matthias Mangold (Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven), Lux et testimonium Dei in hominis mente: The concept of conscience and its formative role in the Cartesian epistemology of Johannes Braun (1628-1708)

Andrea Strazzoni (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), The Hidden Presence of Ramism in Early Modern Dutch Philosophy

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–13:00 Panel 6: Method and metaphysics – a longue durée?

Chair: Daniel Heider (University of South Bohemia)

Simon Burton (University of Warsaw), Scholastic Realism and the Transcendentals: The Influence of Julius Caesar Scaliger on Early Modern Ramism

Audrey Borowski (University College London), Leibniz’s Mathematico-Ontological method: transfiguring the infinite into the finite

Hayo Siemsen (University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken), The long-term empirical relevance of Ramus’ ideas: Comenius, Mach and genetic education

13:00–14:00 Roundtable discussion

Chairs: Simon Burton & Michał Choptiany

“Ye shall know them by their fruits”: Research Perspectives on Medieval and Early Modern Sciences and Arts