Concetto MARTELLO

Associate Professor of History of medieval philosophy [M-FIL/08]
Office: 231
Email: martello@unict.it concettomartello@gmail.com
Phone: 0957102369
Mobile: 3474587990
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 to 11:00



Concetto Martello was born in Catania on 20/01/1954 and is resident there in Viale Alexander Fleming 20 / C; cell phone 3474587990; e-mail martello@unict.it.

He graduated in Philosophy on 20/06/1977 discussing a thesis on the evolution of philosophical and scientific studies in Palermo and Catania between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

After dedicating himself exclusively to the study of medieval philosophy under the guidance of Francesco Romano, professor of History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Catania, he attended, as the winner of the competition concerning it, the first cycle of the PhD  in "Philosophy" of the University of Palermo (administrative headquarters), Catania and Messina (coordinator Girolamo Cotroneo), and received the title of Doctor of research on 30/05/89 discussing a thesis entitled "Analogia e fisica in Giovanni Scoto".

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Concetto Martello participated from 1984 to 1999 as external collaborator and expert in the subject to to the scientific activity of the teachings of History of Ancient Philosophy and History of Medieval Philosophy, taking part in this role in research projects, both of university ( 60%) and national (40% and CNR) coordinated by Francesco Romano. In this period of scientific training two volumes were presented and discussed on as many occasions: on april 27, 1990 Marta Cristiani, professor of the University of Siena, at the invitation of the Chair of History of Ancient Philosophy of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the Catania University, presented and discussed the book “Simbolismo e neoplatonismo in Giovanni Scoto Eriugena”, Univ. Of CT / L’Erma di Bretschneider, Catania / Roma 1986, at the Ursino-Recupero Library of Catania; on January 24, 1999 Alfonso Maierù, professor of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, at the invitation of the Scientific-Didactic Area of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Catania, presented and discussed the book “Fisica della creazione. La cosmologia di Clarembaldo di Arras. Tractatulus super librum Genesis. Testo, traduzione e commento, CUECM, Catania 1998, in a hall of the Benedictine Monastery, seat of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the Catania University. In September 1997 he participated in a training and study stay at the Universities of Leuven and Louvain-La-Neuve under the guidance of Francesco Romano. In May 2000, at the invitation of prof. Francesc Fortuny, has held two seminars at the State University of Barcelona on “The Physical Exegesis of Genesis I in Hugh of Saint Victor” and on “The Eriugenian Ideas on the Cosmology of the Timaeus”. On November 27 and 28, 2006, as part of the seminar activity of the PhD in “Filosofia, scienze e cultura dell’età tardo-antica, medievale e umanistica” (FiTMU) of the Salerno University, he held two lessons on the Summa sententiarum attributed to Ottone da Lucca, respectively concerning the theological sources and contents. At the invitation of the proff. Nicolò Mineo and Sergio Cristaldi, on May 8thm 2014, in the annual “Lectura Dantis Siciliana” at the University of Catania, he held a lesson on “The Convivio and the allegory of poets”. January 2017, as part of the “Dante in Chiesa” review, he held a lecture on “ineffability and rationality of the principle of being and movement. Theology and philosophy in canto I of Dante’s Paradise”. He was among the organizers of the International Seminar entitled “Neoplatonismo pagano vs. neoplatonismo cristiano. Identità e intersezioni”, held in Catania on September 25 and 26, 2004 and attended with a report entitled “Il risveglio di Mnemosyne. La filosofia e le sue divisioni nel XII secolo”, of the XVI National Conference of SISPM – “Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale” on “Cosmogonie and cosmologie nel medio evo” (Catania, September 22-24, 2006), and of the XII International Congress of the SIEPM – “Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale” on “Universalità della ragione. Pluralità delle filosofie nel medioevo / Universalité de la raison. Pluralité des philosophies au moyen âge / Universality of Reason. Plurality of Philosophies in the Middle Ages”, which was held in Palermo from 17 to 22 September 2007 and attended with a report entitled “L’uso della filsoofia antica nella teologia di Pietro Abelardo”. Of the first two he also edited the Acts (respectively for the CUECM, Catania 2006, and FIDEM - Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Études Médiévales, Louvain-la-Neuve 2008), and he collaborated on the second of the four volumes of the Acts of the Third (Officine di Studi Medievali, Palermo 2012). He has more recently organized the following conferences and seminars, national and international: “Intuizione e astrazione nella filosofia medievale” (Catania, March 16-17, 2009), in which he participated with a report on “Anima e conoscenza nel Dragmaticon di Guglielmo di Conches”; “L’incontro con l’altro nel medioevo / Meeting the Others in The Middle Ages” (Catania, Oct. 13-14, 2014), in which he participated with a report on “Alterità culturale nel medioevo”; “Anima e corpo nella filsoofia medievale” (Catania October 19, 2015, in the framework of the PRIN 2010-2011), in which he participated with a report on “Soul and body in the reflection on man’s ages contained in the William of Conches’ Glosae super Platonem” and of which he edited the Acts (A & G - Cuecm, Catania 2017); “L’aristotelismo nel tardo medioevo” (Catania, October 21, 2016), in which he participated with a report entitled “Aristotele in Dante”; “Tradizioni filosofiche nel medioevo” (Catania October 26-27, 2017), in which he participated with a report entitled “Il Filosofo e i teologi. Aristotele nell’alto medioevo”; “Lo ben che ne la quinta luce è chiuso. Dante e i teologi” (Catania december 6-7, 2018), in which he participated with a report entitled “Scienza di Dio come fondamento nel I canto del Paradiso”. Participated by invitation to the following conferences, both national and international: “Hyparxis e Hypostasis nel neoplatonismo” (Catania October 1-3, 1992), with a report entitled “Alle origini del lessico filosofico latino: Hypostasis / substantia in Giovanni Scoto”; “Il Parmenide di Platone ne la sua tradizione” (Catania, May 31 – June 2, 2001), with a report on “Riflessi del Parmenide in Giovanni Eriugena”; “Convegno di Studio sul pensiero medievale” (Padova September 11-14, 2001), with a report on “Il termine e la nozione di analogia in Calcidio e Giovanni Scoto”; “La filsoofia della natura nel medioevo” (Roma December 17-18, 1994), with a report on “La nozione di Materia in Clarembaldo di Arras”; “Parva naturalia. Saperi medievali, natura e vita” (Macerata December 7-9, 2001), with a report on “Esegesi biblica e interpretazioni dei fenomeni vitali nel XII secolo”; “I francescani e la politica” (Palermo December 3-7, 2002), with a report on “La critica alla teocrazia nel Dialogus di Guglielmo di Ockham”; “Metaphysica, sapientia, scientia divina. Soggetto e statuto della filosofia prima nel medioevo / Sujet et statut de la philosophie première au Moyen Âge / Subjekt und Status der ersten Philosophie im Mittelalter / The Subject and Status of the First Philosophy in the Middle Ages” (Bari June 9-12, 2004), with a report on “Sapientia Dei come filosofia prima in Berengario di Tours”; “Il libro Alfa della Metafisica di Aristotele tra storiografia e teoria” (Catania January 16-18, 2008), with a report on “Residui di Matafisica A nell’alto medioevo”; “Anselmo d’Aosta il pensiero monastico medievale” (Cava de’ Tirreni [SA] December 4-8, 2009), with a report on “Influenze anselmiane ìnel XII secolo. Il caso della Summa sententiarum attribuita ad Ottone da Lucca”; "The Medieval Paradigm. Religious Thought and Philosophy” (Roma October 39 - November 1, 2005), with a report on “profezia e mito. Esegesi e scrittura profana nelle scuole di Chartres”; “Princeps philosophorum. Platone nell’Occedente tardoantico, medievale e umanistico” (Fisciano [SA] July 12-13, 2010), with a report on “L’anima del mondo nelle Glosae super Platonem di Guglielmo di Conches”; “Philosophy and Art in Late Antiquity” (Catania, November 8-9, 2012), with a report on “Pulchrum and Pulchritudo in John Eriugena”; “L’estetica nel pensiero tardo antico, medievale e umanistico” (Fisciano [SA] December 17-19, 2012), with a report on “Il termine e la nozione di Pulchritudo nel pensiero di Anselmo d'Aosta”; “Politica, religione e filosofia tra storicismo e complessità” (Messina October 9-11, 2013), with a report on “La figura dell’anima mundi nel XII secolo. Un dibattito medievale tra ragione ne caos tra fisica e psicologia”; “Filosofia e scienza nel medioevo” (Fisciano [SA] September 9-12, 2014), with a report on “Modelli di scienza nel medioevo: divisioni e dietinzioni”; “I cantieri dell’italianistica. Ricerca, didattica e organizzazione agli inizi del XXI secolo” (Padova September 10-13, 2014), with a report on “Fonti filosofiche medievali di Dante”; “Abitare la frontiera. Sondaggi al confine delle culture, delle lingue e dei saperi” (Catania october 7-8, 2014) with a report on “La scoperta dell’alterità. Filosofia e dialogo interculturale nel medioevo latino centrale”; “L’italianistica oggi: ricerca e didattica” (Roma, September 9-12, 2015), with a report on “I prologhi della Monarchia tra memoria e utopia”; “Giornata di Studi in memoria di Alessandro Musco” (Palermo March 7, 2016), with a report on “I princìpi e le cause. Le Glosae super Platonem di Guglielmo di Conches”;”Reason and no-Reason from Ancient Philosophy to Modern Neurosciences. Old Parameters, New Perspectives” (Catania April, 28-29, 2016), with a report on “Philosophy as a Rational Knowledge in Central Middle Ages”; “La letteratura italiana e la arti” (Napoli September 7-20, 2016), with a report on “Dialogo come confronto col diverso nella Commedia”; “Le forme del comico” (Firenze September 6-9, 2017), with a report on Il disordine morale come male radicale nel I canto della Commedia”. He has edited the critical edition of the Tractatulus super librum Genesis by Clarembaldo di Arras (in Fisica della creazione. La cosmologia di Clarembaldo di Arras. “Tractatulus super librum Genesis”. Testo, traduzione e commento, CUECM, Catania 1998, pp. 220-44 ) and of the Liber de corpore et sanguine Domini of Lanfranco di Pavia (in Lanfranco ontro Berengario nel “Liber de corpore et sanguine Domini”. Introduzione, testo, traduzione e note, CUECM, Catania 2001, pp. 100-52), from which was obtained the Spanish translation of M. Aroztegi Esnaola (Lanfranco, El cuerpo y la sangre del Señor, Publicaciones San Damaso, Madrid 2009). He has participated in the following Scientific Research Programs of Relevant National Interest (Prin): “La nascita dell’individuo europeo: il tema dell’individualità come problema filosofico” (2006/2007, national coordinator Giovanni Casertano, in the unit local entitled “Il tema dell’individualità da Aristotele al platonismo tardo-antico e medievale” coordinated by Maria Barbanti); “L’agire morale davanti al mind/body problem” (2010/2011, national coordinator Franco Biasutti, in the local unit entitled “La riflessione morale di fronte al mind/body problem. Problemi storici e prospettive teoriche” coordinated by Giuseppe Bentivegna). In the framework of the Research Funding 2014 (FIR) of the University of Catania, he participated in the project entitled “Ragione e non ragione nella storia del pensiero. Il permanente conflitto tra Apollo e Dioniso dalla filosofia antica alle neuroscienze / Reason and no-Reason from Ancient Philosophy to Modern Neurosciences. Old Parameters, New Perspectives”, coordinated by R. Loredana Cardullo. He participated in the following University research projects (ex 60%): “Uomo e natura nei commenti a Platone e ad Aristotele dei secoli XII e XIII” (2004 and 2005); “Dalla teologia alla cosmologia. Percorsi filosofici tra il secolo XI e il XIV” (2006); “Cosmogonie e cosmologie nel medioevo” (A. 2007); “Cosmologie medievali” (2008); He has been or is currently responsible for the following University projects (Prometeo): “Antoprologia e filosofia della natura nel medioevo latino alto e centrale” (2018); “Filosofia e vita nel medioevo” (2019).