Paolo da Pergola

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Paolo da Pergola[1] (died 1455, in Venice) was an Italian humanist philosopher, mathematician and Occamist[2] logician. He was a pupil of Paul of Venice.[3]

His most important work was probably De sensu composito et diviso.[4] His logical works were printed early.[5]

He taught at the Scuola di Rialto from 1421 to 1454.[6] He was teacher and friend of the glassmaker Antonio Barovier.[7]

Among his pupils was also Nicoletto Vernia, a well known professor of philosophy in Padua.[8]

There is a memorial to him in San Giovanni Elemosinario, Venice.[9]


  • Logica; and, Tractatus de sensu composito et diviso by Paolo della Pergola, edited by Mary Anthony Brown, Saint Bonaventure, New York: Franciscan Institute, 1961.


  1. ^ Paolo della Pergola, Paul of Pergula, Paul of Pergola, Paulus Pergulensis or Pergolensis, Paulus de Pergula
  2. ^ Ennio De Bellis, Nicoletto Vernia e Agostino Nifo: aspetti storiografici e metodologici, Congedo, 2003, p. 9.
  3. ^ [1]: He became the first publicly paid lecturer in philosophy in Venice, where he was officially honored in a public ceremony. In 1448, he was offered a bishopric, which he refused, and at the end of his life he accepted the administration of the Church of Saint John Almoner.
  4. ^ Printed by 1494; it shares a title with a work of William of Heytesbury.
  5. ^ Compendium logicae printed by Erhard Ratdolt in 1481; later in Venice as Compendium logicae; De sensu composito et diviso (1498); as Logica Magistri Pauli Pergolensis. 1510.[2] His Dubia was printed in 1477.
  6. ^ [3](PDF), note p.7 (in Italian).
  7. ^ PDF.
  8. ^ Avery Robert Dulles, Princeps Concordiae: Pico della Mirandola and the scholastic tradition, Harvard University Press, 1941, p. 29.
  9. ^ San Giovanni Elemosinario