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Project Details

This website presents the results of the research project “Polonica Philosophica Orientalia. Philosophy in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 16th to18th century and the Historiography of Philosophy in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine”, funded by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities of the Republic of Poland.

The project aims at making sources accessible, describing, transcribing, translating and commenting on them, as well as commonly interpreting the history of philosophy in this part of Europe. Within the framework of the project, we are preparing a series of editions from manuscript sources and two monographs concerning intellectual geography and political theory.

Coordinated at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, the project brings together scientists from the following institutions:

  • H. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv

  • Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Vilnius

  • Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Kyiv

  • Library of the University of Vilnius

  • The Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius

  • Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk

Intellectual life in the region was linked closely to the Polish and the Lithuanian states and their confederations starting from the Jagiellonian times, the Ukrainian and Belarusian states and other forms of collective identity. Thus, the project focuses on the relationships between philosophy and politics. The research covers a variety of regions, their institutional landscape and the different nation-building processes. We reflect on the following and similar questions:

  • How did philosophers react to political problems, and how did they try to influence political life?

  • To what extent did they maintain the Jagiellonian legacy in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine?

  • Which arguments helped philosophers to criticize the Jagiellonian heritage?

  • Which elements of the political culture of the Jagiellonian period made their way into the political and cultural narrations of our countries?

Polish Team

Project Coordination and contact: Steffen Huber, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Leszek Augustyn

Francesco Cabras

Michał Heintze

Marcin Karas

Tomasz Kupś

Maria Poszepczyńska

Magdalena Ryszka-Kurczab

Marek Sławiński

Hanna Szabelska

Anna Treter

Anna Żymełka-Pietrzak


Lithuanian Team

Dalius Viliūnas, team leader

Matas Grubliauskas

Živilė Pabijutaitė

Vytis Valatka

Vesta Šiaudvydytė


Belarusian Team

Valery Yevarousky, team leader

Ihar Bortnik

Vladimir Ignatov

Alena Padalinskaya

Uladzimir Padalinsky

Siarhey Sanko


Ukrainian Team

Serhii Yosypenko, team leader

Larysa Dovha

Oleksandr Kyrychok

Yaroslava Stratii

Mykola Symchych