Tomás Valle

Tomás Valle

Email
tvalle@nd.edu

After receiving my B.A. in History from Hillsdale College, I began the History Ph.D. program at Notre Dame in Fall 2017, studying early modern intellectual history with Brad Gregory. My current research focuses on Lutheran universities in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Lutheran scholasticism, far less studied than Roman Catholic or Reformed scholasticism, carries on a wide variety of philosophical and theological strains coming out of the late middle ages. I study how these strains develop within the climate of Lutheran confessionalization, as well as how Lutheran scholastics relate to their Roman Catholic and Reformed counterparts. More broadly, I'm interested in the conflict between Aristotelian and non-Aristotelian structures of knowledge from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, and the diversity of thought on both sides of that (somewhat illusory) divide. In future work I plan to examine how non-intellectual elements, from commerce to warfare, shaped and conditioned the intellectual trajectory of the same period.