Matthias Qualle

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Matthias Qualle (1470–1518), born Matija Hvale, was a Slovene philosopher. Between 1502 and 1514 he taught philosophy at the University of Vienna's Faculty of Arts, and in 1510 he served as the faculty's dean.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Qualle was born in Vače, present-day Slovenia. He started studying at Vienna in 1491, where he became a teacher. He was a mentor to, and later a colleague of Joachim Vadian, a Swiss humanist and reformer.[1][2]

In 1513, his Commentarii in parvulum philosophiae naturalis was printed in Hagenau. It is considered the first known printed book written by a Slovene author. Qualle died in Vienna.


  1. ^ a b Simoniti, Primož. 1979. Humanizem na Slovenskem in slovenski humanisti do srede XVI. stoletja. Ljubljana: Slovenska matica.
  2. ^ Sodnik, Alma. 1975. Izbrani filozofski spisi. Ljubljana: Slovenska matica.