Pietro Daniel Omodeo

Pietro Daniel Omodeo




30 Oct. 2008 PhD in Philosophy at the TurinUniversity (Turin, Italy) with a thesis Copernico nel suo Secolo. La recezione sino al 1616) on the philosophical and cultural debate of post-Copernican astronomy in 16th cent. Europe.


29 Oct. 2004   MasterDegree in Philosophy at the Turin University with a historical-philosophical thesis on Giordano Bruno’s cosmology – with an emphasis on the scientific, ontological and ethical aspects.


May 1998       Classical secondary school leaving examination at the Liceo-Ginnasio Statale D. Cotugno, L’Aquila, Italy


Fields of Research

-The Renaissance culture

-History of science in the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, with particular focus on astronomy (Copernicus's work and its reception)

-History of late medieval and early modern philosophy: ontology, natural philosophy, epistemology and ethics (with particular focus on Cusanus and Bruno);

-Literary aspects of scientific culture (especially in the Renaissance);

-20th century historicism (in particular, Gramsci’s philosophy) up to the post-modern turn.


Scholarships and courses


2010 Recipient of a long-term fellowship of the Herzog August Bibliothek (Germany) for a research project on Helmstedt University philosophical and astronomic disputations at the end of the 16th century;

2009 Recipiento of the 2009 Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowship, sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy, for a researchproject on Nicholas of Cusa's vews on nature at the Institut fuer Cusanus-Forschung in Trier, Germany;

2008 Scholarship holder of the Fondazione Filippo Burzio (Turin) with a research project on Renaissance Turin, focused on the cultural debate between Benedetti and Altavilla about the certitude of the ephemerides and the reliability of astrology;


Apr.-Jun 2007 Scholarship holder of the Rolf und Ursula Schneider Stiftung at the Herzog AugustLibrary of Wolfenbüttel (Germany) with a research project on the history of astronomy in the 16th century.


Oct. 2006-Jan. 2007 Participation in the Advanced Program of ethics and communication of scientific research (“Programma avanzato di etica e comunicazione della ricerca scientifica”), a PhD students’ program organized by Agorà Scienza (TurinUniversity);


Nov.-Dec. 2005 Scholarship holder of the Centre of Mathematical Research Ennio De Giorgi (Pisa, Italy) and participation in a cycle of seminars and lectures titled “The Scientific Revolution of the XVI and XVII Century”.


Feb. 2005 Scholarship holder of the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies of Naples (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici di Napoli): participation in a course about the Inquisition processes of Bruno, Campanella, Vanini and Galilei.

Conferences and speeches

14 Jul. 2009 Speech at the Institut fuer Cusanus-Forschung (Trier, Germany on the impact of Cusanus's impact on the astronomical culture of the Renaissance: "Bemerkungen zur Cusanus-Rezeption in der kosmologischen Debatte der Spaet-Renaissance"

3-5 Apr. 2009 Participation in th conference Foundations of Modernity: A Graduate Symposium on the Italian Renaissance, at the Yale University, with a speech on cosmology and ethics in the late 16th century astronomical debate;

8-9 Nov. 2007 Participation in the conference Il nostro Gramsci, organized in Turin by the Fondazione Istituto Piemontese Antonio Gramsci (Piedmont Antonio Gramsci Foundation) with a speech on Gramsci adn the history of science;

25 Jun. 2007 Speech (Stipendiatenkolloquium) at the Herzog August Bibliothek (Germany) on post-Copernican astronomy: "Kopernius-Rezeption im XVI Jahrhundert"

4-6 Dec. 2006 18th Italian Philosophy Graduate Conference (XVIII Convegno Nazionale dei Dottorandi in Filosofia) organized by the Antonio Banfi Institute at Reggio Emilia (Italy). Research presentation: "The Reception of Copernicus in 16th Cent. Europe" (La recezione di Coeprnico nell'Europa del XVI secolo).




Italian (mother tongue); German (fluent); English (good); French (good); Polish (basic); Spanish (basic); Latin and Ancient Greek.