Matthias Qualle

Matthias Qualle (1470–1518; Slovenized as Matija Hvale),[1] 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.[2]

Life and workEdit

Qualle was born in Vače, in 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, the Swiss humanist and reformer Joachim Vadian.[2][3]

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


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