Matjaž Vesel, PhD

Date of Birth: 12 June 1965
Education: Doctorate
Research Title: Research Advisor
University Title: Associate Professor



Teaching Engagements

  • University of Maribor, Maribor, “Medieval Philosophy” (1999–2005).
  • Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Ljubljana, visiting lecturer (1999–2005).
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, visiting lecturer (2000)
  • Postgraduate school SRC SASA, “Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution” (2004–now).


  • Slovenian Philosophical Society (1999–now).
  • Society for Cultural Studies (1999–now)
  • European Society for the History of Science (2007–now)


  • Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (1993–1994).
  • All Souls College, Oxford, Great Britain (1997).
  • Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Germany (1998).
  • École pratique des hautes etudes and Sorbonne IV, Paris, France (1999).
  • Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, Paris, France (2002).
  • Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France (2005).
  • University of Oklahoma, Department of History of Science and History of Science Collections of University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman, Oklahoma, USA (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013).


  • “Johannes Kepler against Franciscus Patricius: the question of the ontology of the heavens and the motion of heavenly bodies”, international symposium “Petrić and renaissance philosophical traditions”, Cres, Croatia (27 September 2008).
  • “Galileo Galilei: astronomer philosopher”, Astronomical Society Javornik, Ljubljana (17 November 2009).
  • “Dionysius the Areopagite in scientific revolution: Galileo, Dionysius and Copernican interpretation of the Bible”, symposium ”Dionysius the Areopagite and European Heritage”, Slovenska matica, Ljubljana (31 March 2010).
  • “Philosopher against astronomer: Patrizi, Brahe and Kepler”, “History of Science Colloquium”, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA (22 October 2010).
  • “Astronomer-philosopher: Copernicus, the movement of the Earth and the Copernican revolution”, series of lectures and seminars, Department of History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma USA (September – October 2010).
  • “From Denmark to Italy: Franciscus Patricius' Reception and Criticism of Tycho Brahe's Geo-heliocentric Planetary system - and the Repercussions”, 4th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Barcelona, Spain (18-20 November 2010).
  • “How did Copernicus become a Copernican?: Plato's role in astronomical reform”, History of Science Colloquium, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA (21 September 2012).
  • “Platonism and Copernican turn”, conference “The structure of the void”, Atrij ZRC, Ljubljana (25 February 2013).
  • “Galileo, (Copernican) experiences and the (Copernican) Bible”, conference “The Bible of experience: two sources of natural knowledge in early modern Europe”, Plzeň, Czech Republic (25 September 2014).
  • “The role of Platonism in the Copernican Revolution”, University of West Bohemia, Plzeň, Czech Republic; invited lecture at Centre for Theory and History of Science (20 September - 29 September 2014).

Books (A Selection):

  • The Learned Ignorance of Nicholas Cusanus: Cusanus and the Constitution of the Universe of Modern Science, Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, 2000.
  • Astronomer-Philosopher: Nicholas Copernicus, the Movement of the Earth and 'Copernican revolution', Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, 2007.
  • Galileo Galilei's Heavenly News, Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, 2007.
  • Galileo Galilei's Copernican Manifest: Genesis of the Dialogue of the two Chief World Systems; Notes and Commentaries to the Dialogue of the Two Chief World Systems, Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, 2009.
  • Copernicus: Platonist Astronomer-Philosopher: Cosmic Order, the Movement of the Earth, and the Scientific Revolution, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Peter Lang, 2014.

Book chapters (A Selection):

  • ”Alexandre Koyré and the 'Scientific Revolution'”, in: Koyré, A., Scientific Revolution: Selected Papers from the History of Scientific and Philosophical Thought, Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, 2006, pp. 237–255.
  • “Francesco Patrizi, a Renaissance Philosopher and the Science of Astronomy”, in: Nejeschleba, Tomáš & Blum, Paul Richard (eds.), Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance. Olomouc, Univerzita Palackého, 2014.
The problem of objectivity and fiction in contemporary philosophy ( 01. july 2018 - 30. june 2021)
Europe as a Philosophical Idea and Political Subject ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. may 2017 - 30. april 2020)
The Structure of the Void ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. july 2011 - 30. june 2014)
Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy IV ( research programme • 01. january 2020 - 31. december 2025)
Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy III ( research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2019)
Conditions and Problems of Contemporary Philosophy II ( research programme • 01. january 2009 - 31. december 2014)