Doktorand (Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien)


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Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt


Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Lorenzo Cozzi

Zur Person

  • 11/10/2021 – 31/7/2022: Nine-month-term doctoral cotutelle at the Max-Weber-Kolleg fur kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien in Erfurt.
  • 08/09/2021: Partecipation and intervention at the XXX Doctoral Students Conference at the Fondazione Collegio San Carlo in Modena (Italy). Title of the intervention: History and Prophecy in Nicholas of Lyra’s Apocalypse Commentary.
  • 12/2019 – 12/2022: Partecipation in the three-year doctoral course at the Fondazione Collegio San Carlo in Modena (Italy).
  • 08/2019 – 03/2020: Translation of the lectures by Prof. Christophe Grellard collected under the title Le droit à l’erreur. Les droits de la conscience et la naissance de l’idea de tolérance. Esquisse d’une généalogie, du Concile de Sens au Concile de Trente, and published in Italy under the title La possibilità dell’errore. Pensare la tolleranza nel Medioevo, Aracne, Flumen Sapientiae (12), August 2020.
  • 18/09/2019 – 21/09/2019: Achievement of a scholarship for partecipation in the IX Congresso Internazionale di Studi Gioachimiti in San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza (Italy).
  • 02/2019 – 06/2019: Achievement of the Diploma in Cultural Sciences at the Scuola Alti Studi Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Modena (Italy), under the direction of Professor Caro Altini.
  • 03/2015 – 04/2018: Master’s Degree in Philosophical Sciences (History of Medieval Philosophy) at the University of Florence (Italy), with 110/110 cum laude (supervisors: Prof. Anna Rodolfi, Prof. Giancarlo Garfagnini). Thesis title: “Super malis inundantibus ecclesie deformate” The figures of history in the Arbor Vitae Crucifixae Jesu by Ubertino of Casale.
  • 09/2011 – 02/2015: Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (History of Medieval Philosophy) at the University of Florence (Italy), with 110/110 cum laude (supervisor: Prof. Giancarlo Garfagnini). Thesis title: The problem of the sources in Thomas Aquinas’ De Ente et Essentia.
  • 09/2006 – 07/2011: Achievement of the Scientific High School Diploma (P.N.I.), with 100/100 at the Liceo Scientifico Carlo Livi, Prato.


The Other Apocalypse, The Thought of History in Nicholas of Lyra´s Apocalypse Commentary

Nicholas of Lyra (1270-1349) is now widely recognized as one of the most distinguished theologians and one of the most refined biblical exegetes in the history of medieval thought. His Postillae were in fact the first biblical commentary to be printed and, once incorporated within the Glossa Ordinaria, they continued to be used by scholars in the following centuries, both in Catholic and Reformed circles. The documented diffusion of the voice of Nicholas, a Franciscan particularly immersed in the theological and political affairs of his time, within the subsequent seasons of thought has gradually led critics to read in the profile of this author a moment of condensation and communication of 
particular importance within the history of European culture. Thus, my research intends to show how the apocalyptic thought of Nicholas of Lyra deserves to be taken in a renewed consideration both in his posture and in its historical and speculative repercussions. With this in mind, the literary precipitate towards which I´m focusing my attention is his Commentary on the Apocalypse, written in 1329 and contained in the Postilla litteralis super totam Bibliam. After a brief overview of the fundamental characteristics of the work and its context of belonging, I will therefore focus mainly on the most problematic moment of the work, namely the comment provided by the author on Revelation XX. In fact, it is precisely in this chapter that Nicholas, declaring his lack of access to the prophetic gift, declares his myopia in the face of any attempt to recompose the events surrounding him from a historical-eschatological perspective. However, I will try to demonstrate how, by broadening my 
horizon on the prophetological reflection of Lyranus, the notion of prophecy does not fail at all from the image of the world in the author's perspective. On the contrary, it is again subjected to a  speculative work which, if on the one hand it reflects the suspicion of the theological circuits close to John XXII regarding prophetic-visionary experiences, on the other it aims to remove the prophetic word from the claims of the apocalyptic and to relocate it adequately within a social project suited to the needs of the Church.