Roberto Hofmeister Pich

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2023)

Prof. Dr.

Roberto Hofmeister Pich is Full Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre / RS, Brazil. He studied philosophy at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre / RS, Brazil, and evangelical theology at the Escola Superior de Teologia in São Leopoldo / RS, Brazil. He obtained his PhD in 2001, at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, with a thesis on the philosophy of John Duns Scotus, “Der Begriff der wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnis nach Johannes Duns Scotus.” He has been a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (2004-5 at the University of Tübingen; 2006-7 and 2011-12 at the University of Bonn) and of the Fulbright Commission (2009-10, at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana). In 2018-19 and 2019-20, he was visiting professor at the University of Bonn as the First Holder of the CAPES/Uni-Bonn Chair (Brazil-Germany Chair, in international agreement between the Brazilian agency “Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel” and the University of Bonn), developing the project “The Philosophy of Black Slavery: The Historical-Philosophical Groundworks of the Ideology of Slavery in Latin America, 16th-19th Centuries.” Since 2017, Roberto Hofmeister Pich has been vice-president of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM). In July 2017, he co-organized the XIV SIEPM International Congress (“Homo – Natura – Mundus: Human Beings and Their Relationships”) in Porto Alegre / RS, which took place in the southern hemisphere for the first time. Since 2019, he has also been an ambassador of the University of Bonn in Brazil and Latin America.


  • Pich, Roberto Hofmeister; Storck, Alfredo Carlos; Culleton, Alfredo Santiago (eds.). Homo - Natura - Mundus: Human Beings and Their Relationships. (Rencontres de Philosophie Medievale, 22). Brepols: Turnhout, 2020, XLV + 979 pp., ISBN 978-2-503-59263-3.

  • Pich, Roberto Hofmeister and Schulz, Michael. Philosophy of Religion in Latin America and Europe. Göttingen-Bonn: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht Unipress - Bonn University Press, 2020, 270 pp., ISBN 978-3-8471-1290-7.

  • Pich, Roberto Homeister and Speer, Andreas (eds.). Contemplation and Philosophy. Scholastic and Mystic Modes of Medieval Philosophical Thought. A Tribute to Kent Emery, Jr. (Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, 125). Leiden-Boston: E. J. Brill, 2018, XXX + 799 pp., ISBN 978-90-04-37628-1.

  • Pich, Roberto Hofmeister. Common Real Being and the Scope of Metaphysics According to Fray Juan de Fuica O.F.M. (17th-18th Centuries, Chile). In: Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale, 59 (2017), p. 68-108, ISSN 0068-4023.

  • Pich, Roberto Hofmeister and Culleton, Alfredo Santiago (eds.). Scholastica colonialis: Reception and Development of Baroque Scholasticism in Latin America in Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries. Barcelona – Roma: FIDEM – Brepols, 2016, 350pp., ISBN 978-2-503-55200-2


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Matter, Causation, and Experimental Knowledge in Early Modern Scholastic Natural Science from Colonial Chile and Ecuador


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

“The Philosophy of Black Slavery: The Historical-Philosophical Groundwork of the Ideology of Slavery in Latin America, 16th-19th Centuries”

University of Bonn (Faculty of Philosophy) and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS)

First Holder of the CAPES/Uni-Bonn Chair (Brazil-Germany Chair, at the University of Bonn)

“Dialectics, Visual Tools, and the Methods of Learning: Exploring ‘Visual Cognition’ in Manuscripts on Logic by Jesuit Masters from Ecuador (17th-18th Centuries)”

Universidade do Porto / Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval (University of Porto, Center for Medieval Philosophy), Portugal

XXV Annual Colloquium of the Société Internationale por l’étude de la Philosophie Médiévale‚ “Per cognitionem visualem. The Visualization of Cognitive and Natural Processes in the Middle Ages”, June 14-15 and 21-22, 2021

“Latin American Colonial Scholasticism: Some Major Topics in Practical Philosophy”

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Philosophy / Ottawa, Canada

Colloquia Ottaviensia

“Alfonso Briceño O.F.M. (1587-1668) on Cognition, Distinction, and the Knowledge of God"

Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice (Checz Republic)

International Conference – “Cognitive Issues in the Long Scotist Tradition", February 11-13, 2021

"Tolerance and Intolerance: Some Major Aspects of the Philosophy of Black Slavery in Latin American Philosophy"

National University of Ireland at Maynooth, Maynooth / Ireland

The Maynooth Annual Aquinas Lecture 2019, in Celebration of the UNESCO Work Philosophy Day