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Curriculum Vitae

Person-Related Identification Information
  • 4th March 1976, Jihlava
    married, 2 sons
Employment - Position
  • Associate Professor
Education and Academic Qualifications
  • 2015 – associate professor, Department of Philosophy, Masaryk University in Brno
    2002 – Ph.D. in philosophy; Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno; Ph.D. thesis The Idea of Reason in Early Modern Science
    1999 – M.A. in philosophy and the Czech literature and linguistics at Faculty of Arts; Masaryk University in Brno;
  • 2015 – associate professor at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic); Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
    2006 – 2018 Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague (Czech Republic); Institute of Philosophy, Department of Comenius’s Studies and Early Modern Intellectual History (part-time job)
    2002 – 2015 Lecturer at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Czech Republic); Department of Philosophy
Teaching Activities
  • the history of early modern philosophy
    the history of the Renaissance and early modern science
    methodology of scientific research
    methodology of history of science
    philosophy of the Enlightenment
    philosophy of history
Scientific and Research Activities
  • GRANTS: “The Idea of Scientific Progress in the Early Enlightenment (1684-1740): Fontenelle and His Contemporaries", Czech Science Foundation, project 20-01948S, 2020-2022, the main investigator
    “Between Renaissance and Baroque: Philosophy and Knowledge in the Czech Lands within the Wider European Context”, Czech Science Foundation, grant No. 14-37038G, 2014–2018, member of the team
    “Veritas filia temporis: The origins of the idea of scientific progress”, Czech Science Foundation, grant No. P401/12/0129, 2012–2014, individual researcher
    “Research Center for Theory and History of Science”, European Social Funds – Education for competitivness CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0138, 2012–2015, member of team
    “Research network for theory and history of science”, CZ.1.07/2.4.00/31.0108, 2012–2014, member of team
    “Philosophy and astronomy from Thales to Oresme”, Czech Science Foundation, grant No. 401/05/2560; 2005–2007, individual researcher
  • Departamento de Filosofía, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Oviedo, March 2019
    Institut für Philosophie, Universität Regensburg, April 2018
    Instytut Filozofii, Wydzial Nauk Spolecznych, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan (Poland) March 2017
    The Warburg Institute, University of London, February 2014
    Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen, November 2013
    Instytut Historii nauky. Polska Akademia Nauk, Krakow (Poland), May 2013
Activities Outside University
  • Member of the editorial board of journal Theory of Science (published by the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science)
    Member of the editorial board of journal Pro-Fil (published by Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
    2015 – 2018 the Czech Science Foundation: Member of the evaluation board for philosophy
    2018 – the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education: Member of the evaluation board for philosophy
Awards Related to Science and Research
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Major Publications
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Les anciens dans l’astronomie, l’astronomie dans la querelle des anciens et des modernes (The Ancients in astronomy, astronomy in the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns). In Rencontres d'histoire et philosophie des sciences. 2022. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Vignaud (Laurent-Henri), Histoire des sciences et des techniques. Revue des Questions Scientifiques. Belgie, 2022, vol. 193, 1-2, p. 208-210. ISSN 0035-2160. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Cassini I and Fontenelle on the History and Progress of Astronomy. In 10th conference of the European Society for the History of Science. Université libre de Brussels. 2022. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Collective empiricism at the Paris Observatoire in the late seventeenth century. The seventeenth century. 2022, vol. 37, No 6, p. 977-1007. ISSN 0268-117X. doi:10.1080/0268117X.2022.2106295. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Between Observation and Speculation: Astronomers against Philosophers. In Espace d'observation a l'epoque moderne. Université de Bordeaux. On-line. 2021. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Methodological Differences between French Philosophers and Astronomers of the second half of the 17th Century. In Scientiae 2021: Early Modern Knowledge: Virtual Conference. University of Amsterdam. 2021. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Father Time, his Daughter, Giants, and Dwarves: Early Modern Metaphors of Scientific Progress. In Between the Labyrinth and the Way of Light Prague, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences 1-4 September 2021. 2021. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Two Early Modern Views of the Universe: Cartesian Natural Philosophy and Professional Astronomy. In 17th century Philosophy, Its Sources and Continuations in Natural Sciences Łódź, 8-10 September 2021. 2021. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Hypotheses fingimus : Cartesian Natural Philosophy. Theory of Science. 2021, vol. 43, No 2, p. 165-190. ISSN 1210-0250. doi:10.46938/tv.2021.517. URL URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. „Les anciens dans l’astronomie, l’astronomie dans la querelle des anciens et des modernes“ (The Ancients in astronomy, astronomy in the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns). Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences. Brepols, 2021, vol. 71, No 187, p. 62-100. ISSN 0003-9810. doi:10.1484/J.ARIHS.5.127402. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel, Dagmar PICHOVÁ and Jindřiška SVOBODOVÁ. Bernard de Fontenelle: Rozhovory o mnohosti světů (Bernard de Fontenelle: Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds). 1st ed. Praha - Brno: Togga s. r. o., 2020. 156 pp. Fontes scientiae 5. ISBN 978-80-210-9539-7. info
  • FRANEK, Juraj, Daniel ŠPELDA, Jan NOVOTNÝ, Jindřiška SVOBODOVÁ and Helena DURNOVÁ. Isaac Newton : Matematické principy přírodní filozofie (Isaac Newton : The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy). 1st ed. Praha - Brno: Togga, 2020. 351 pp. Fontes scientiae 1. ISBN 978-80-210-9558-8. info
  • PETROVIĆOVÁ, Katarina, Daniel ŠPELDA and Vladimír ŠTEFL. Johannes Kepler : Nová astronomie (Johannes Kepler : New astronomy). 1st ed. Praha - Brno: Togga, 2020. 269 pp. Fontes scientiae 2. ISBN 978-80-210-9537-3. info
  • LEDVOŇOVÁ, Markéta, Daniel ŠPELDA, Vladimír ŠTEFL and Jana MALÁ. Galileo Galilei : Prubíř (Galileo Galilei : The Assayer). 1st ed. Praha - Brno: Togga, 2020. 351 pp. Fontes scientiae 3. ISBN 978-80-210-9538-0. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Christiaan Huygens on the Utility of Science. In 8th Winter Workshop on the History of Mathematics: Mathematicians and scientists as public figures. 2018. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The curious observers of inhabited worlds : Huygens and Fontenelle on scientific curiosity. In Scientiae 2018: The Cultures of Knowledge in the Early Modern World, 16-19 May 2018, Minnesota. 2018. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Člověk a hvězdy v raném novověku: Studie k antropologickým souvislostem rozvoje novověké kosmologie (Man and Stars in the Early Modern Period: A Study of the Anthropological Contexts of the Development of Modern Cosmology). 1st ed. Praha: Togga, 2018. 306 pp. ISBN 978-80-7476-148-5. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Les soleils et leurs observateurs au XVIIe siècle (Suns and their observators in the 17th century). Revue des Questions Scientifiques. Université de Namur, 2018, vol. 189, No 4, p. 531-577, 46 pp. ISSN 0035-2160. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Huygens’ stargazing scientists: the idea of science in Cosmotheoros. History of European Ideas. Taylor & Francis, 2018, vol. 44, No 4, p. 1111-1126, 25 pp. ISSN 0191-6599. doi:10.1080/0268117X.2017.1356743. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Iva Lelková. Dreams of a Multiplicity of Worlds. Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680), John Wilkins and Their Picture of the Universe. Acta Comeniana. Praha: Filosofia, 2017, vol. 29, p. 191-194. ISSN 0231-5955. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The origins of the Idea of Scientific Progress. 2017. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The Concept of Progress in Mosaic Natural Philosophy of Comenius. In Scientiae 2017: Disciplines of Knowing the Early Modern World, Padova, 19-22 May 2017. 2017. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The Idea of Scientific Progress and Secularization. In The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity, Blagoevgrad, 30 May - 1 June 2017. 2017. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The history of science as the progress of the human spirit: The historiography of astronomy in the eighteenth century. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. Oxford: Elsevier, 2017, vol. 63, No 1, p. 48-57. ISSN 0039-3681. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.05.004. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Kepler in the Early Historiography of Astronomy (1615-1800). Journal for the History of Astronomy. London: Sage Publications Ltd., 2017, vol. 48, No 4, p. 381-404. ISSN 0021-8286. doi:10.1177/0021828617740948. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Duris, Pascal, Quelle Révolution Scientifique? (Duris, Pascal, Which Scientific Revolution?). Pro-fil. Internetový časopis pro filosofii. Brno: Katedra filosofie FF MU, 2017, vol. 18, No 2, p. 40-43. ISSN 1212-9097. doi:10.5817/pf1706. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Divadlo věčné Moudrosti a teosofická alchymie Heinricha Khunratha (Theatre of the Eternal Wisdom and the Theosophic alchemy of Heinrich Khunrath). Pro-Fil. Masarykova univerzita, 2017, vol. 18, No 2, p. 44-48. ISSN 1212-9097. doi:10.5817/pf17-2-1707. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Era. 2016. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The history of science as the progress of human spirit: Historiography of astronomy in the 18th century. In Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in Early Modern Era. 2016. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Dalekohled, mikroskop a temporální rámce přírodní filosofie v 17. století (The telescope, the microscope and the temporal frameworks of natural philosophy in the 17th century). In Jednota filosofická Olomouc. 2016. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Vši a Gulliver : Optická relativita v novověku (The louses and Gulliver : The optical relativity in early modern age). Studia Philosophica. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita, 2016, vol. 63, No 1, p. 47-68. ISSN 1803-7445. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Watchers of the Sky: Christiaan Huygens on Humans and Extraterrestrials. In Scientiae 2016 University of Oxford: Disciplines of Knowing in the early modern world, Oxford, 5-7 July 2016. 2016. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Dalekohledy, mikroskopy a objevení disproporce člověka vůči přírodě (Telescopes, microscopes and the discovery of disproportion of man to nature). In Issues of Perception between Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Ostrava, 6.-7.říjen 2016. 2016. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Nicolas Copernic. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique. Brepols, 2016, vol. 111, 3-4, p. 854-857, 3 pp. ISSN 0035-2381. doi:10.1484/J.RHE.5.111955. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Veritas Filia Temporis: The origins of the idea of scientific progress. Annals of Science. Taylor & Francis, 2016, vol. 73, p. 375-391, 16 pp. ISSN 0003-3790. doi:10.1080/00033790.2016.1178804. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The History of Science as the Progress of the Human Spirit: Historiography of Astronomy in the 18th Century. In Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung), Wuppertal, 3.-4. březen 2016. 2016. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Mikuláš Koperník jako filosof (rec. M. Vesel, Copernicus: Platonist Astronomer-Philosopher, Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang 2014) (Nicolaus Copernicus as a Philosopher (review of M. Vesel, Copernicus: Platonist Astronomer-Philosopher, Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang 2014)). Teorie vědy. Praha: AV ČR, Filosofický ústav, 2015, vol. 37, No 6, p. nestránkováno. ISSN 1210-0250. URL info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Pravda - dcera času: O původu ideje pokroku poznání (Truth - the daughter of time: On the origins of the idea of progress). 1st ed. Praha: Mervart, 2015. 294 pp. ISBN 978-80-7465-193-9. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. From closed cycles to infinite progress: Early modern historiography of astronomy. History of Science. SAGE, 2015, vol. 53, p. 209-233, 24 pp. ISSN 0073-2753. doi:10.1177/0073275315580951. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Early Modern Philosophy of the History of Science. In 42nd Annual Philosophy of Science Conference, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik. 2015. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The Importance of the Church Fathers for Early Modern Astronomy. Science & Christian Belief. 2014, vol. 26, p. 25-51, 26 pp. ISSN 0954-4194. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Veritas filia temporis? The Birth of the Idea of Scientific Progress. In Scientiae 2014: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Medizinische Univesität, Wien. 2014. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The Search for Antediluvian Astronomy: Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Astronomers‘ Conceptions of the Origin of Science. Journal for the History of Astronomy. 2013, vol. 44, No 3, p. 337-362, 25 pp. doi:10.1177/002182861304400306. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Understanding of the history of astronomy in the 17th century: Hevelius, Cellarius and Cassini on the progress of astronomy. In Scientiae 2013: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. 2013. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. De progressu astronomiae. In Instytut Historii nauky. Polska Akademia Nauk, Krakow. 2013. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Anachronism in the history of science: An attempt at a typology. Almagest. 2012, vol. 3, No 2, p. 90-119, 29 pp. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The reception of ancient astronomy in early modern histories of sciences. In 5th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science: Scientific Cosmopolitism and local cultures: religions, ideologies, societies, Athens; Symposium: Ancient Astronomy and its later Reception. 2012. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. On Searching for Antediluvian Astronomy. In XXXII. Congress of the Italian Society of Historians of Physics and Astronomy, University of Roma La Sapienza, Roma. 2012. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Proměny historiografie vědy (The Transformation of History of Science). 1st ed. Praha: Filosofia, 2009. 346 pp. ISBN 978-80-7007-310-0. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Astronomie ve středověku (Astronomy in the Middle Ages). 1st ed. Ostrava: Montanex, 2008. 256 pp. ISBN 978-80-7225-273-2. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. Astronomie v antice (Astronomy in Antiquity). 1st ed. Ostrava: Montanex, 2006. 262 pp. ISBN 80-7225-210-0. info
  • ŠPELDA, Daniel. The power of the word and the mastery of nature: Renaissance magic and Francis Bacon. Acta Comeniana. 2005, vol. 19, p. 17-36, 19 pp. ISSN 0231-5955. info


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