Lukáš Lička

Lukáš Lička is a researcher at the Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Thought at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

In the framework of the project he focused on subjects related to the science of optics (perspectiva), visual theories, the physics of light, the nature of the human intellect and its relation to the body. His work included transcribing, preparing editions, and conducting doctrinal analysis and contextualisation of the 1409 quodlibet-related texts in the broader context of Prague university disputations and medieval philosophical and scientific production in general. He also investigated the role of Paris and Oxford texts and ideas in Prague disputations.

His research area is medieval Latin philosophy and science (13th to 15th century), especially medieval optical tradition (perspectiva), theories of sensory perception, the nature of the intellect, and the philosophical production of the late medieval Prague university. He has authored numerous studies on these topics, as well as a monograph on Medieval Theories of Perception and the Activity of Senses in the Franciscan Context (Filosofia, 2021, in Czech). In 2020, he received the SIEPM Junior Scholar Award for the best research paper on medieval philosophy.


2016 – Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, Ph.D. in Philosophy
2013 – Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava , M.A. in Philosophy
2013 – Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, B.A. in Latin Language and Culture
2011 – Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava , B.A. in Czech Language and Literature and Social Studies

Selected publications

Journal Articles

  • ‘Shadows in Medieval Optics, Practical Geometry, and Astronomy: On a Perspectiva Ascribed to Thomas Bradwardine’, Early Science and Medicine 27.2 (2022): 179-223.
  • ‘Perception and Objective Being: Peter Auriol on Perceptual Acts and their Objects’, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2016): 49–76.
  • ‘An Eastward Diffusion: The New Oxford and Paris Physics of Light in Prague Disputations, 1377–1409’, Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales, 89.2 (2022): 449–516.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • ‘Buridan Wycliffised? The Nature of the Intellect in Late Medieval Prague University Disputations’, in The Embodied Soul: Aristotelian Psychology and Physiology in Medieval Europe between 1200 and 1420, edited by M. Gensler, M. Mansfeld and M. Michałowska, Cham: Springer, 2022, pp. 277–310. (Open Access:
  • ‘The Aims of Perspectiva in 1360s Paris: Investigating Texts Written in the Hand of Reimbotus de Castro’, in Books of Knowledge in Late Medieval Europe: Circulation and Reception of Popular Texts, edited by P. Cermanová and V. Žůrek, Turnhout: Brepols, 2021, 299–329.
  • ‘Studying and Discussing Optics at the Prague Faculty of Arts: Optical Topics and Authorities in Prague Quodlibets and John of Borotín’s Quaestio on Extramission’, in Studying the Arts in Late Medieval Bohemia, edited by O. Pavlíček, Turnhout: Brepols, 2021, 249–300.
  • ‘The Visual Process: Immediate or Successive? Approaches to the Extramission Postulate in 13th-Century Theories of Vision’, in Medieval Perceptual Puzzles: Theories of Sense-Perception in the 13th and 14th Centuries, edited by E. Baltuta, Leiden: Brill, 2020, 73–110.
  • ‘What is in the Mirror? The Metaphysics of Mirror Images in Albert the Great and Peter Auriol’, in Senses and the History of Philosophy, edited by B. Glenney and J. F. Silva, London: Routledge, 2019, 131–148.

Monographies and edited works

  • Středověké teorie vnímání a aktivita smyslů ve františkánském kontextu, Praha: Filosofia, 2021. [Medieval Theories of Perception and the Activity of Senses in the Franciscan Context, in Czech]
  • D. Heider, L. Lička, M. Otisk (eds.), Perception in Scholastics and Their Interlocutors, Praha: Filosofia, 2017 (= Filosofický časopis 2017, special issue 2).