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Internal Grant Competition DGC

Philosophy and Numbers in the Latin Pre-Scholastic Thinking
Project IdGA17-11657S
Main solverdoc. Mgr. Marek Otisk, Ph.D.
Period1/2017 - 12/2019
ProviderStandardní projekt GA ČR
AnotationThe research project planned for three years is based on the long-term complex interest of the applicant in the history of the early medieval philosophy and its interaction with mathematics (especially arithmetic) and theology in the above mentioned epoch, i.e. the period circa between times of S. Augustine or Martianus Capella and times of Gerbert of Aurillac (Pope Silvestre II) or Bernelius of Paris. It focused on the reception of ancient Neo-Platonic and Neo-Pythagorean arithmetical theories in the Christian philosophical interpretations of man, world and God. In this epoch the arithmetic was used not only for explanations of the order of creation and of course of the Creator himself (i.e. as a metaphysical and theological topic), but also for a needful practical calculations. The series of studies in Czech and foreign peer-reviewed journals will be the outputs of the project including the main output in form of monograph dealing with so called abacist calculating accompanied by the Czech translation of medieval texts from period around year 1000 focusing on abacus computation.