Research team

List of the research team members:

Crt.No. Surname and first name Year of birth Didactic/scientific title Doctorate
1 Baumgarten, Alexander
(project manager)
1972 assoc. professor yes
2 Chindea, Gabriel * 1972 lecturer yes
3 Muraru, Adrian 1973 lecturer yes
4 Bereschi, Andrei 1977 lecturer yes
5 Cimpean, Adela ** 1980 assistant yes
5' Maga, Mihai ** 1978 Postdoctoral researcher yes
6 Ilinescu, Laura 1981   Candidate for a doctor’s degree

* Gabriel Chindea was a member of the project until February, 2011.
** Cimpean Adela was replaced on 1 January, 2011 with Maga Mihai.


Members presentation

The team that will accomplish the research project of Summa theologicae has in its composition members with experience in the editing domain of the ancient and medieval texts, but young researchers as well. All team work, under the shape of common laboratories, of research and of seminars open to students, is bi-directionally oriented: on one side, toward the investigation and translation of the proposed text, and on the other side, toward the training of the young researchers in the team work from where they will get accustomed with the most performant concepts of the contemporary medievistics. Three members of the proposed team have a major experience in editing of texts of the pre-modern though, since they realized, between the years 2000-2007, the translation and comments of the complete work of Plotinus (Enneade I-VI, 3 volumes, Iri Publishing House, Bucharest), and translations in Thomas Aquinas (Despre unitatea intelectului, Despre eternitatea lumii, Intrebari disputate despre suflet, Despre guvernamant sau Despre principiile naturii)


Alexander Baumgarten is associated professor at Chair of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy of the Faculty of History and Philosophy from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. The competence fields considering the obtained academic qualification are the philosophy (license degree, master degree, PhD) and the classical philology (license degree). Had a scholarship at the University of Geneve (1999), having Alain de Libera as coordinator. Between 2000 and 2001 he was a fellow of the New Europe College from Bucharest and between 2003-2004 he was a stipended student of the Francophone University Agency (A.U.F.) at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales from Paris.

He was a member of the A type CNCSIS project Neo-Platonism and Europeean construction. Plotinus and the intellectual sources of the modernity, code CNCSIS 1724/2003 (2 years length), with an approved amount of 3847 Euro, coordinator project Professor Vasile Musca. In the present time he’s the member of the project named The Political thinking of Plato and Aristotle, fundament of the European construction, (3 years length), code CNCSIS 1389/2006, approved amount 11951 Euro, the same coordinator. He’s a correspondent member of the Vatican Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinatis (since 2004), the vice-president of the Romanian Society of Classical Studies, the Cluj-Napoca branch (since 2003), the ex-president of the Societe Internationale pour l’Etude de la Philosophie Medievale (since 2007).

He published various volumes containing treatises of ancient and medieval philosophy, with commentaries and critical editions, studies, articles reviews and translations from the Greek and Latin authors in volumes and reviews.

Author books:

1. Sfantul Anselm si conceptul ierarhiei, prefaced by Anton Adamut, Polirom Publishing House, Seminar. Filosofie Collection, Iasi, 2003, 200 p.;

2. Scoala ragazului. Studii de filosofie antica si medievala, Galaxia Gutenberg Publishing House, Targu Lapus, 2006, 170 p.;

Translations from Greek and Latin:

1. Plotin, Enneade, II, 1-4, in Enneade, I-II, bilingual edition, Iri Publishing House, Bucharest, 2003, 450 p.;

2. Plotin, Enneade, III, 8 and IV, 1-6 and 9, in Enneade, III-V, bilingual edition, Iri Publishing House, Bucharest, 2005, 750 p.;

3. William Ockham, Despre universalii (Summa logicae, I, 14-19 si Comentariul la Isagoga lui Porfir), bilingual edition, translation, with a study by Simona Vucu, Polirom Publishing House, 2004;

4. Aristotel, Despre suflet, bilingual edition, translation and commentaries, Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 2005, 412 p.

Coordinated volumes:

1. Filosofia politica a lui Aristotel, Polirom Publishing House, Teorie Politica Collection, Iasi, 2003, edited with Vasile Musca, 342 p.;

2. Filosofia politica a lui Platon, Polirom Publishing House, Teorie politica Collection, Iasi, edited with Vasile Musca, 2006, 332 p.;

Colaboration volumes:

Duns Scotus, Despre primul principiu, bilingual edition, introductive note critical observation (translated by Adrian Cotora), Polirom Publishing House, 2007, pp. 5-8 and 219-234;

Foreign language studies:

  1. Les sources neoplatoniciens de l’argument anselmien, in Metamorphoses - Annuaire des Medievistes Anglicistes de l’Enseignements Superieur, Paris, 2003, pp. 99-119, edited by Adrian Papahagi;

  2. Notes sur le vocabulaire anselmien, Proslogion, I-II, in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, the Philosophy serie, L, 2/2005, pp. 133-151;

  3. Le concept de la foi dans la pensee de saint Anselme et ses sources dans l’Antiquite tardive, in Philosophoire, 22 (2004), Paris, pp. 113-130

  4. Possibilite et passivite dans la theorie aristotelicienne de l’intellect, in Chora - Revue des Etudes Anciennes et Medievales, 4-5, 2006, Iasi, pp. 211-229;

  5. Le concept de loisir (schole) dans les Politiques d’Aristote, in Analele Universitatii din Timisoara, May 2007, pp. 35-67.

Romanian language studies:

  1. Conceptul ragazului (scolh) si unitatea tematica a Politicii lui Aristotel, in vol. Filosofia politica a lui Aristotel, Polirom Publishing House, 2003, Iasi, edited by V. Musca and A. Baumgarten, pp. 161-192;

  2. Sursele neoplatoniciene ale argumentului anselmian, in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, 1-2, 2003, Graeco-Catholica Series, pp. 85-104, reedited in Argumentul ontologic, aspecte traditionale si interpretari moderne, edited by Ion Tanasescu, Pelican Publishing House, 2004, pp. 7-26;

  3. Pentru un sens al culturii medievale: Confesiuni, XIII, 15, in Bogdan Tataru-Cazaban (editor), Pluralitatea metafizicii medievale. Istorie si structuri, Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2005, pp. 205-216.

  4. Conceptul de paradigma filosofica in istoriografia filosofiei medievale, in Ilona Barzescu, Claudiu Mesaros (editor), Portret de grup cu Filosofia. Studii de istoriografie filosofica. In memoriam Viorel Coltescu,  Universitatea de Vest Publishing House, Timisoara, 2005, pp. 183-192;

  5. Plotin versus Aristotel in constituirea conceptului medieval de intentionalitate, in Lazea, Dan, Ciocan, Cristian (ed.), Intentionalitatea de la Plotin la Levinas, Bucharest University Publishing House, pp. 11-27;

  6. Traditia cunoasterii prin intermediar si geneza ideii de intentionalitate; cazul lui Petrus Aureolus, in Analele Universitatii din Craiova, The Filosofie Serie, no. 15/2005, pp. 15-25;

  7. Kant si Hegel, interpreti ai lui Anselm, in Actualitatea filosofiei lui Immanuel Kant, Niculae Matasaru (ed.), Aius Publishing House, pp. 164-180, Craiova, 2007.

  8. Ahile si Ulise. Stapanirea adevarului si modelul politic al Republicii, in V. Musca, A. Baumgarten (ed.), Filosofia politica a lui Platon, Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2006, pp. 159-185;

  9. Posibilitate si pasivitate in teoria aristotelica a intelectului, in Analele Universitatii din Timisoara, nr. 1, 2006, pp. 117-145.

Articles:

  1. De libero arbitrio si studiile augustiniene, in Idei in dialog (ID), 2004, I, no. 1, p. 19;

  2. Patru volume in Biblioteca Patristica, in Idei in dialog (ID), 2004, I, no. 4, p. 22;

  3. Dar nu traducerile, ma-ntelegi, in Idei in dialog (ID), 2005, II, no. 3, p. 47;

  4. Echinox: y-a-t-il du bovarisme? in Idei in dialog (ID), 5, May 2005, pp. 47-48;

  5. Investigatii medievale: doua istorii ale filosofiei evului mediu, in Tribuna, no. 11, June 2005, p. 23;

  6. Aristotel in limba romana (I), Cazul Antet, in Idei in dialog (ID), 6, June 2005, pp. 45-46;

  7. Aristotel in limba romana (II), Cazul Protreptic, in Idei in dialog (ID), 7, July 2005, pp. 37-39;

  8. Restul ca problema a filosofiei, in Idei in dialog (ID), 10, October, 2005, pp. 33-34;

  9. Plotin in diada nedefinita, in Idei in dialog (ID), 11, November, 2005, pp. 21-23;

  10. Lancea lui Ahile si neoplatonismul lui Aristotel, in Idei in dialog (ID), December 2005, pp. 20-21.

  11. Un act de piraterie literara, in Idei in dialog (ID), January 2006, p. 53;

  12. Filosofie si profesionalitate, in Idei in dialog (ID), Febrary 2006, p. 25;

  13. Despre sinele largit, in Idei in dialog (ID), Mars 2006, p. 22

  14. Biblioteca filosofilor din Babes-Bolyai, in Idei in dialog (ID), April 2006, pp. 34-35.

  15. Finitudine si receptivitate. Aristotel si intelectul divin, in Apostrof, XVII, no. 2, 2006, 24.

  16. Pentru o critica a facultatii de recenzie, in Idei in dialog (ID), June 2006, pp. 47-48.

  17. De ce suntem marginali? in Idei in dialog (ID), July 2006, p. 50

  18. Abelard, 1992, in Dilemateca, June, 2006;

  19. De libero arbitrio, in Dilemateca, July, 2006

  20. Universitate si bani: fons vitae, in Dilema, 14 July, 2006

  21. Note la Ghidul nesimtitului, in Dilemateca, September, 2006

  22. Buna dimineata, filosofie, in Idei in dialog (ID), December 2006

  23. Despre tipurile de impostura universitara, in Idei in dialog (ID), January 2007, p. 25.

  24. Primatul spiritului. Faza cu parcarea, in Idei in dialog, April 2007, pp. 27

  25. Povestea acului pentru orbit miniaturistii, in Dilema, October, 2007, no. 196, p. 14

  26. Viata formularelor ISI, in Dilema, noiembrie, 2007, no. 198., p. 15

  27. Pe fondul curbei demografice, in Idei in dialog, October 2007, p. 30

Communications and conferences:

  1. Functionalitatea conceptului de paradigma filosofica in istoriografia argumentelor de autoritate, Simpozionul de istoria filosofiei in onoarea profesorului V. Coltescu, Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, 18-19 April 2003;

  2. Restul ca problema a filosofiei, opening election of the university year 2003-2004, the Philosophy Department, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, 29 September 2003;

  3. Interpretarea propozitiei 90 din Liber de causis la Albert cel Mare si Toma din Aquino, at Sfantul Toma si neoplatonismul, organized by Societatea Internatonala Sf.Toma din Aquino, the Romanian branch, Oradea, 3-5 October 2003;

  4. Les sources neoplatoniciennes de l’argument anselmien, seminar sustained at the invitation of professor Alain Boureau for the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 18 February 2004;

  5. Conceptul intentionalitatii la Sf.Toma din Aquino, at Sf. Toma si tratatul De anima, Iasi, Facultatea de Teologie Romano-catolica, 18 September 2004;

  6. Sursele medievale ale conceptului de intentionalitate, at Conceptul de intentionalitate: istorie si perspective organized by Societatea Romana de Fenomenologie, Bucharest, Casa Memoriala Eugen Lovinescu, 20 September 2004;

  7. Litois feromenois. Note asupra semiologiei plotiniene a cerului, at Plotinus 2005, 12 November, Bucharest University, Department of Philosophy;

  8. Pasivitate si posibilitate in teoria intelectului la Aristotel si comentatorii sai, conference sustained at Bucharest University, the Faculty of Philosophy, 2 December 2005;

  9. Teoria adevarului si turnura hermeneutica a filosofiei, at the colloquy Identitati culturale europene, 13-14 May 2006, Bistrita;

  10. Tema filosofica a cerului in traditia peripatetica, in Seminarului de filosofie din Valea Lapusului, XIth edition, 17-30 July 2006;

  11. Duns Scotus si problematica vointei moderne, sustained in 4 may 2007 at the Institute of Romano-Catholic Theology from Iasi.


Gabriel Chindea, lecturer at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Chair of the History of Ancient and Medieval philosophy, has as competences, academically recognized, philosophy (license degree, master degree and PhD) and classical philology (license degree) in the same university. Is founding member of the Centre of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CNCSIS recognized since 2006), created near the Chair of the History of Ancient and Medieval philosophy of Babes-Bolyai University. Was member in the type A CNCSIS grant: Neo-Platonism and European construction. Plotinus and the intellectual sources of modernity (code 1724/2003, 2 years), with the approved sum 3847 €, grant director: Prof. Vasile Musca. In the present, is member in a type A CNCSIS grant: Political though of Plato and Aristotle, fundament of European construction (code 1389/2006, 3 years), with the approved sum 11951 €, same project director. He published many studies (Ce que le post-communisme n’est pas, in La grande braderie a l’Est, Le Temps des Cerises, Paris, 2005, pp. 289-308; Le nombre est-il une realite parfaitement intelligible? Une analyse de l’intelligibilite du nombre chez Plotin, in Chora, Revue d’etudes anciennes et medievales, no.3-4, 2007; Kant et le probleme de l’intelligible, Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Philosophia, XLIX, 1-2, 2004, pp. 3-12.; Postface la Isagoga lui Porfir, in Porfir, Isagoga, Univers Enciclopedic Publishing House, Bucuresti, 2002, pp. 137-186; Transcendenta plotiniana si natura sa exegetica, in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Theologia Graeco-Catholica Varadiensis, XLVIII, 2, 2003, Studia Philosophica section, pp. 108-121), translations (Porfir, Isagoga, translation from Greek, Bucuresti, Univers Enciclopedic Publishing House, 2002; Remi Brague, Europa, calea romana, translation from French, Cluj, Idea, 2002; Plotin, Enneade I-VI (3 volumes), Bucuresti, Iri Publishing House, 2003-2007, collective translation from Greek; Thomas Aquinas, Intrebari disputate despre suflet, translation from Latin, Bucuresti, Humanitas Publishing House, 2006; Hannah Arendt, Conditia umana, translation from English, Cluj, Idea Publishing House, 2006) and books (Le probleme de la transcendance chez Aristote et Plotin, A.N.R.T., Lille, 2007).


Adrian Muraru is lecturer at the Chair of Philosophy of the Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi. His domains of competence, according to academically qualifications, are philosophy (license degree, master degree and PhD), classical philology (license degree) and Romanian philology (license degree). He graduated the theological studies of Sfantul Gheorghe Seminary of Roman. His research results in Late Antiquity are to be found in the volume Libertate si liber arbitru la Origen, Al. I. Cuza University Publishing House, Iasi, 2006, 424 pp. He accomplished in 2006 the first three volumes of Hexateuh exegesis (Origen, Omilii, comentarii si adnotari la Geneza, Polirom Publishing House, 672 pp.; Origen, Omilii si adnotari la Exod, Polirom Publishing House, 480 pp.; Origen, Omilii si adnotari la Levitic, Polirom Publishing House, 608 pp.). These are the first volumes appeard in Traditia crestina Collection, coordonated by the A. Muraru. He accomplished the scientific control over the bilingual edition of Epifanie of Salamina, Ancoratus (translation and notes Oana Coman, introductory study Dragos Marsanu), Polirom, 2007, and the bilingual edition of Abelard, Dialog intre un filosof, un iudeu si un crestin (translation and notes by Filotheia Bogoiu and Sorana Sorta), Polirom, 2008. He scientifically collaborated with Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany, in the project: Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum, with Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, respectivlly, he was member in CNCSIS grant: Linguistical resources in electronic format: Monumenta Linguae Dacoromanorum. Biblia 1688, Regum I, Regum II , project director Gabriela Haja. He also published studies and articles in Analele Universitatii Al. I. Cuza, Chora, revue des etudes anciennes et medievales, Idei in dialog.


Andrei Bereschi is lecturer at Faculty of History and Philosophy of Babes-Bolyai University and PhD of the same university with a thesis on Political mythology and the logic of myth in Plato. He has as competences, academically recognized, philosophy (license degree, master degree) and classical philology (license degree) at the same university. Is founding member of the Centre of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CNCSIS recognized since 2006), created near the Chair of the History of Ancient and Medieval philosophy of Babes-Bolyai University. Was member in the type A CNCSIS grant: Neo-Platonism and European construction. Plotinus and the intellectual sources of modernity (code 1724/2003, 2 years), with the approved sum 3847 €, grant director: Prof. Vasile Musca. In the present, is member in a type A CNCSIS grant: Political though of Plato and Aristotle, fundament of European construction (code 1389/2006, 3 years), with the approved sum 11951 €, same project director. He is Fellow of the New Europe College in a NEC-LINK program with the Bucharest University. He published books with translations from Greek and Latin (Trei studii de istoria filosofiei, Galaxia Gutemberg, 2002, 230 p., Alfarabi, Despre intelect si inteligibil, translation from Latin, notes and study, Dacia, Cluj-Napoca, 2002, 110 p., Toma din Aquino, Despre guvernamant, Polirom, Iasi, 2005, 310 p., translation from Latin, notes and study) and many studies (Doua morfologii politice si o istorie, in Filosofia politica a lui Platon, Polirom, Iaşi, 2006, pp. 132-158, coord. Vasile Musca and Alexander Baumgarten; La reconstruction de la theorie des formes politiques dans l’Antiquite. Polybios, livre VI de ses Histoires et les avatars de sa theorie, in Orma, Journal of the Chair of Classical Philology of Babes-Bolyai University, no. 2, 2005).


Adela Cimpean is PhD at the Babes-Bolyai University, Chair of the History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, with a thesis on The Greek city between utopism and realism. Theories of political degeneration in Plato and Aristotle under the scientific surveillance of Prof. Vasile Musca. She has as scientific competences, according to academically qualifications, philosophy (license degree and master and PhD in Philosophy). Adela Cimpean is project director in a CNCSIS grant TD (45/2007 for 12 months), approved sum 7293 €, with the same title as her PhD thesis and member in a type A CNCSIS grant: Political though of Plato and Aristotle, fundament of European construction (code 1389/2006, 3 years), with the approved sum 11951 €, project director Prof. Vasile Musca. She is Fellow of the New Europe College in a NEC-LINK program with the Bucharest University. Adela Cimpean published reviews, studies (Despre tiranie si alte neintelegeri, in vol. Filosofia politica a lui Platon, Polirom, Iasi, 2006, pp. 105-131, coord. Vasile Musca and Alexander Baumgarten), other articles and is the author of the Plotinian indexes (names, concepts, citations, metaphors) in volume 3 of the Plotinus Enneades, Iri, Bucuresti, 2007, pp. 577-710, translation A. Baumgarten, V. Rus, G. Chindea et al. She was the secretary of redaction for the international journal Chora. Revue d’etudes anciennes et medievales which is a collaboration with Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques of Paris.


Mihai Maga is a PhD in Philosophy since 2006, postdoctoral researcher in the project POSDRU/89/1.5/S/60189.


Laura Ilinescu is PhD Candidate in philosophy, third year, at the Babes-Bolyai University, Chair of the History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, with a thesis in double coordination on The concept of representation in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. Epistemological and political aspects under the scientific surveillance of Prof. Vasile Musca (Babes-Bolyai University) and Prof. Patrice Canivez (Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 University, Department of Philosophy, Sciences, Textes, Langage Laboratory). She has as scientific competences, according to academically qualifications, philosophy (license degree and master degree). Her areas of academically interests are the research of the ancient and medieval sources of the modern political philosophy. She presented many studies in Symposiums and international conferences (Les Metamorphoses de la representation dans le Leviathan de Thomas Hobbes, 20-27 July, 2006, Summer School from Targu-Lapus organized by the Departement of philosophy of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca; L’espace du politique et les dimensions politiques de l’espace. Quelques considerations modernes, 12-21 July, 2007, L’Universite Europeenne d’Ete organized at Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon:  Actualites du concept d’espace (philosophie, arts, sciences humaines); Verite et pouvoir dans la philosophie politique de Thomas Hobbes, 28-30 September, 2007, International Colloquium organized by Constantin Brancusi University, Targu-Jiu : Democracy, liberalism and the relevance of pragmatism/ neopragmatism for the constituting of political ideologies – interdisciplinary approaches, September 27th-october 1st 2007.). She wrote reviews, philosophical studies (Les metamorphoses de la representation dans le Leviathan de Thomas Hobbes in  Histoire et representation de la pensee, coord. Kim Sang Kung and Alexander Baumgarten, Kime Publishing House, Poitiers, in course; L’analyse d’un echec politique: le cas de Carl Schmitt, Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Philosophia, LI-1-2006, pp. 173-177) and made translations from French: Artele limbajului si teologia la Abelard (Humanitas Publishing House, Bucuresti, in course).







Thomistic News
The volume Studii tomiste II

coord. Andrei Bereschi,

Zeta Books, Bucharest, 2010, ISBN 978-973-1997-93-3
The volume Studii tomiste I

coord. Alexander Baumgarten,

Eikon, Cluj-Napoca, 2009, ISBN 978-973-757-248-6
Colloquium Thomas Aquinas and the Medieval Philosophical Teminology System

organised in Bucharest by the Romanian Phenomenology Society - Casa Lovinescu, October 28-31, 2010

Participants: Alexander Baumgarten, Laura Ilinescu, Andrei Bereschi
Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica, volume 1

May, 2009

The first volume of Summa theologica in Romanian was released.
For more details please visit the publisher's website: polirom.ro
Colloquium Summa theologica in Romanian language. Scholastic updates.

May 22, 2009, New Europe College, Bucharest

NEC-Link Program
Coordinator: Alexandru Baumgarten
Participants: Anton Adamut, Alexander Baumgarten, Gabriel Chindea, Wilhelm Danca, Iovan Drehe, Gereby Gyorgy, Abelardo Lobato, Eliana Maci, Mihai Maci, Mihai Maga, Madalina Pantea, Bogdan Tataru Cazaban, Alexandru Tofan, Ioana Toma.
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