2017 Books

Here’s my annual list of books in medieval philosophy from the previous year, in completely random order except that the list begins with a few 2016 books that didn’t make last year’s list. The usual apologies for books that got overlooked, coupled with the usual invitation to let me know about new books or ones that I missed. Special thanks to Martin Eyestone here at CU Boulder for a lot of help with this. Help also came from the latest of Thérèse-Anne Druart’s fabulous bibliographical guides to Islamic material.


Frank Griffel (ed)., Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazâlî. Papers Collected on His 900th Anniversary, vol. 2 (Brill, 2016)

Gregory Moule, Corporate Jurisdiction, Academic Heresy, and Fraternal Correction at the University of Paris, 1200-1400 (Brill, 2016).

Michael Engel, Elijah Del Medigo and Paduan Aristotelianism: Investigating the Human Intellect (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Bernhard Blankenhorn, The Mystery of Union with God: Dionysian Mysticism in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University of America, 2016)

Camilla Adang, Hassan Ansari, Maribel Fierro & Sabine Schmidtke (eds.), Accusations of Unbelief in Islam: A Diachronic Perspective on Takfîr (Brill, 2016)

Radulphus Brito, Quaestiones super Priora Analytica Aristotelis, ed. Gordon A. Wilson (Leuven, 2016)

Randall B. Smith, Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide (Emmaus Academic, 2016)

Parens, Joshua. Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Medieval Political Philosophy (University of Rochester Press, 2016)

Thomas Würtz, Islamische Theologie im 14. Jahrhundert.  Auferstehunglehre, Handlungstheorie und Schöpfungsvorsetllungen im Werk von Sa’ad ad-Din at-Taftazani (De Gruyter, 2016)

Zia Movahed, Reflections on the Logic of Ibn Sînâ and Suhrawardî (Hermes, 2016)

Averroes, Commentum medium super libro Porphyrii. Translatio Wilhelmo de Luna adscripta, ed. Roland Hissette (Averroes Latinus 10) (Peeters, 2016)

Alain Galonnier (ed.), Le De scientiis Alfarabii de Gérard de Crémone.  Contribution aux problèmes de l’acculturation au XIIe siècle (édition et traduction du texte) (Brepols, 2016)

Faith Wallis & Robert Wisnovsky (eds), Medieval Textual Cultures: Agents of Transmission, Translation and Transformation (de Gruyter, 2016)

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, Maria De Cillis, Daniel De Smet & Orkhan Mir-Kasimov (eds), L’Ésotérisme shi’ite, ses racines et ses prolongements: Shi’i Esotericism: Its Roots and Developments (Brepols, 2016)


Christophe Grellard (ed.), Miroir de l’amitié: mélanges offerts à Joël Biard (Vrin)

Henrik Lagerlund and Benjamin Hill (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Sixteenth-Century Philosophy (Routledge)

William Bain (ed.), Medieval Foundations of International Relations (Routledge)

Khaled El-Rouayheb and Sabine Schmidtke (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy (OUP)

Matteo Di Giovanni, Averroè (Carocci editore)

Michael Gorman, Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge UP)

Anonymous and Peter Abelard, Glossae super Peri hermeneias II: Glossae “Doctrinae sermonum”; De propositionibus modalibus, ed. P. King, K. Jacobi, and C. Strub, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 206A (Brepols)

Colleen McCluskey, Thomas Aquinas on Moral Wrongdoing (Cambridge UP)

Claude Panaccio, Mental Language: From Plato to William of Ockham, Engl. transl. by Joshua P. Hochschild and Meredith K. Ziebart, new postscript by the author (Fordham) [original French ed., 1999]

Jean-Baptiste Brenet, Je fantasme. Averroès et l’espace potentiel (Verdier)

Thomas Aquinas, La Royauté, au roi de Chypre, tr. Delphine Carron (Vrin)

John Duns Scotus, Selected Writings on Ethics, translated by Thomas Williams (OUP)

Gyula Klima (ed.), Questions on the Soul by John Buridan and Others: A Companion to John Buridan’s Philosophy of Mind (Springer)

Gerald O’Collins, Saint Augustine on the Resurrection of Christ (OUP)

 Bonaventure, On the Eucharist: Commentary on the Sentences, Book IV, dist. 8-13, ed. and tr. Junius Johnson (Peeters)

Josef van Ess, Theology and Society in the Second and Third Centuries of the Hijra: A History of Religious Thought in Early Islam, Vol. I, transl. by John O’Kane; Vol. II, transl. by Gwendolin Goldbloom; Vol. III, transl. by Gwendolin Goldbloom (Brill)

Geoffrey of Aspall, Quaestions on Aristotle’s Physics, ed. Sylvia Donati and Cecilia Trifogli (British Academy/OUP), two parts, 1250pp [Latin with facing English translation]

Robert Grosseteste, On Free Decision, ed. Neil Lewis (British Academy/OUP) [Latin with facing English translation]

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, On Companionship and Belief: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 43–45, ed. Samer Traboulsi, tr. Toby Mayer and Ian Richard Netton (OUP)

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, Part III. An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 39-41, ed. & transl. by Carmela Baffioni & Ismail K. Poonawala (OUP)

Ramon Llull, Opera Latina XXXVIII, ed. F. Dominguez Reboiras (Brepols) [Corpus Christianorum, cont. med.]

Laurent Cesalli, F. Goubier, and A. de Libera (eds.), Formal Approaches and Natural Language in Medieval Logic (Brepols)

L. Catalani and R. de Filippis (eds.), Anselmo d’Aosta e il pensioro monastico medievale (Brepols)

Dominic Legge, The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (OUP)

Amos Bertolacci and Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, La filosofia medieval tra antichità ed età moderna. Saggi in memoria di Francesco Del Punta (SISMEL)

Börje Bydén and Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (eds.), The Aristotelian Tradition: Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics and Their Reception in the Middle Ages (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

Charles P. Nemeth, A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas: Nature and the Natural Law (Bloomsbury)

W. O. Duba, The Forge of Doctrine. The Academic Year 1330-31 and the Rise of Scotism at the University of Paris (Brepols)

Han Thomas Adriaenssen, Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes (Cambridge UP)

Jon Bornholdt, Walter Chatton on Future Contingents: Between Formalism and Ontology (Brill)

J. Budziszewski, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics (Cambridge UP)

Justin E.H. Smith (ed.), Embodiment: A History (Oxford Philosophical Concepts) (OUP), including chapters by Sarah Byers, Yoav Meyrav, Rafael Nájera, and Véronique Decaix

Averroes, The decisive treatise : the connection between Islamic religious law and philosophy, edited with an introduction by Massimo Campanini (Gorgias Press)

Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe and María Cerezo (eds.), History of Logic and Semantics: Studies on the Aristotelian and Terminist Traditions (Brill)

Dominic V. Monti and Katherine Wrisley Shelby (eds.), Bonaventure Revisited: Companion to the Breviloquium (Franciscan Institute)

Dov Schwartz, Messianism in Medieval Jewish Thought, translated by Batya Stein (Academic Studies)

Pauline Allen and Bronwen Neil, Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor (OUP)

Antonia Fitzpatrick, Thomas Aquinas on Bodily Identity (OUP)

Rebecca Hernandez, The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti: Authority and Legacy (OUP)

John Duns Scotus, Questions sur la métaphysique: Volume 1 (Livres I à III), tr. Olivier Boulnois and Dan Arbib (PUF)

Shams Constantine Inati, The Problem of Evil: Ibn Sina’s Theodicy, 2nd edition (Gorgias Press)

Brian Stock, The Integrated Self: Augustine, The Bible, and Ancient Thought (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Tiziana Suarez-Nani et Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (eds.), Nouvelles perspectives de recherche dans la pensée et la culture médiévale (XIIe-XVIe siècles) (Sismel)

Durand of St. Pourçain, Scriptum super IV Libros Sententiarum, Buch I, dd. 4-17, ed. Massimo Perrone and Fiorella Retucci (Peeters)

Robert Pasnau, After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions (OUP)

Nicholas Austin, Aquinas on Virtue: A Causal Reading (Georgetown)

Michael G. Sirilla, The Ideal Bishop: Aquinas’s Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles (Catholic University of America)

Michael J. Dodds, Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas (Catholic University of America)

Denis Searby (ed.), Never the Twain Shall Meet? Latins and Greeks Learning from Each Other in Byzantium (De Gruyter)

Jenny Pelletier and Magali Roques (eds.), The Language of Thought in Late Medieval Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Claude Panaccio (Springer)

John Duns Scotus, Notabilia super Metaphysicam, ed. Giorgio Pini (Brepols)

John Doody, Kim Paffenroth, and Helene Tallon Russell (eds.), Augustine and Kierkegard (Lexington Books)

Brian Kemple, Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition: The Philosophy of Being as First Known (Brill)

Adrian Sackson, Joseph Ibn Kaspi: Portrait of a Hebrew Philosopher in Medieval Provence (Brill)

Michael F. Cusato, Timothy J. Johnson, and Steven J. McMichael (eds.), Ordo et Sanctitas: The Franciscan Spiritual Journey in Theology and Hagiography: Essays in Honor of J. A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv. (Brill)

Jacob Langeloh, Erzählte Argumente: Exempla und historische Argumentation in politischen Traktaten c. 1265-1325 (Brill)

Stephen M. Metzger, Gerard of Abbeville, Secular Master, on Knowledge, Wisdom and Contemplation, 2 vols. (Brill)

Tobias Davids, Anthropologische Differenz und animalische Konvenienz: Tierphilosophie bei Thomas von Aquin (Brill)

Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Caring for the Living Soul: Emotions, Medicine and Penance in the Late Medieval Mediterranean (Brill)

José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus, trans. Consuelo López-Morillas (Brill)

J. Hamesse and J. Meirinhos (eds.), Les Auctoritates Aristotelis, leur utilisation et leur influence chez les auteurs médiévaux: État de la question 40 ans après la publication (Brepols)

T. Suarez-Nani, O. Ribordy, and A. Petagine (eds.), Lieu, espace, mouvement: physique, métaphysique et cosmologie (XIIe-XVIe siècles) (Brepols)

Ramon Llull, Llibre del Tàrtar i el Cristià / Liber Tartari et Christiani, ed. J. Batalla Costa, Ó. L. de la Cruz Palma, and F. Rodriguez Bernal, Latin Works of Raimundus Lullus in Catalan 4 (Brepols)

Robert Pasnau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, Volume 5 (Oxford UP)

Andrew Hicks, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos (Oxford UP)

Tariq Jaffer, Rāzī: Master of Quranic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning (Oxford UP)

Isabella Image, The Human Condition in Hilary of Poitiers: The Will and Original Sin between Origen and Augustine (Oxford UP)

Sarah Stewart-Kroeker, Pilgrimage as Moral and Aesthetic Formation in Augustine’s Thought (Oxford UP)

Leontius of Byzantium, Complete Works, ed. Brian E. Daley (Oxford UP)

Mor Segev, Aristotle on Religion (Cambridge UP)

Manfred Svensson and David VanDrunen (eds.), Aquinas Among the Protestants (Wiley Blackwell)

J. J. MacIntosh, The Arguments of Aquinas: A Philosophical View (Routledge)

Averil Cameron and Niels Gaul (eds.), Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium (Routledge)

Benjamin W. McCraw and Robert Arp (eds.), Philosophical Approaches to Demonology (Routledge)

Yvonne Friedman (ed.), Religion and Peace: Historical Aspects (Routledge)

Moshe M Pavlov, Abu’l-Barakat al-Baghdadi’s Metaphysical Philosophy: The Kitab al-Mu‘tabar (Routledge)

Fabienne Baghdassarian and Gweltaz Guyomarc’h (eds.), Réceptions de la théologie aristotélicienne: D’Aristote à Michel d’Éphèse (Peeters)

Marc Ozilou, La monadologie bonaventurienne (Peeters)

Christian Brouwer and Odile Gilon (eds.), Liberté au Moyen Âge (Vrin)

Alain de Libera, La volonté et l’action: Cours du Collège de France 2015 (Vrin)

Éric Mangin, La nuit de l’âme: L’intellect et ses actes chez Maître Eckhart (Vrin)

Maître Eckhart, une écriture inachevée, ed. Élisabeth Boncour, Pierre Gire, and Éric Mangin (Éditions Mimésis)

Siger de Brabant, Traité de l’éternité du monde, intro. and ed. Roger Bruyeron, tr. Françoise Coursaget (Hermann)

Thomas d’Aquin, Les substances séparées, tr., intro., and ed. Nicolas Blanc (Les Belles Lettres)

Henri de Gand, Matthieu d’Aquasparta, Richard de Mediavilla, and Pierre de Jean Olivi, Les anges et le lieu, intro. T. Suarez-Nani, tr. and ed. T. Suarez-Nani et al. (Vrin)

Josep E. Rubio, Raymond Lulle le langage et la raison: Une introduction à la genèse de l’Ars (Vrin)

Hervé Pasqua (ed.), Nicolas de Cues (1401-1464): Le tournant anthropologique de la philosophie, Revue Noesis 26-27 (CRHI)

Anonymous, Introductiones Montane Maiores, edition by Egbert P. Bos and Joke Spruyt (Peeters)

Isabelle Moulin (ed.), Participation et vision de Dieu chez Nicolas de Cues (Vrin)

Fabien Revol, Le concept de création continuée dans l’histoire de la pensée occidentale (Vrin)

Claude Lafleur (ed.), Le sujet « archéologique » et boécien: Hommage institutionnel et amical à Alain de Libera (Vrin)

Daniel Bourgeois, Être et signifier: Structure de la sacramentalité comme signification chez saint Augustin et saint Thomas d’Aquin (Vrin)

William O. Duba, Russell L. Friedman, and Chris Schabel (eds.), Studies in Later Medieval Intellectual History in Honor of William J. Courtenay (Peeters)

Hervé Pasqua (ed.), Infini et altérité dans l’oeuvre de Nicolas de Cues (1401-1464) (Peeters)

Avicenna Latinus, Liber primus naturalium: Tractatus tertius: De his quae habent naturalia ex hoc quod habent quantitatem, ed. J. Janssens (Peeters)

Christopher M. Wojtulewicz, Meister Eckhart on the Principle (Peeters)

Sergei Mariev (ed.), Byzantine Perspectives on Neoplatonism (De Gruyter)

Ross Dealy, The Stoic Origins of Erasmus’ Philosophy of Christ (University of Toronto Press)

Denis Walter, Michael Psellos: Christliche Philosophie in Byzanz (De Gruyter)

Augustinus, Contra Academicos, De beata vita, De ordine, ed. Therese Fuhrer and Simone Adam (De Gruyter)

Augustinus, De Musica, ed. Martin Jacobsson (De Gruyter)

Anthony Robert Booth, Analytic Islamic Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan)

Gideon Manning and Cynthia Klestinec (eds.), Professors, Physicians and Practices in the History of Medicine: Essays in Honor of Nancy Siraisi (Springer)

Jean-Yves Beziau and Gianfranco Basti (eds.), The Square of Opposition: A Cornerstone of Thought (Springer)

Andreas Speer, Kindler Kompakt: Philosophie des Mittelalters (Springer)

Miklós Vassányi, Enikő Sepsi, and Anikó Daróczi (eds.), The Immediacy of Mystical Experience in the European Tradition (Springer)

David Carr, James Arthur, and Kristján Kristjánsson (eds.), Varieties of Virtue Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan)[chapters by Haldane and Conrad]

Margaret Cameron, Benjamin Hill, and Robert J. Stainton (eds.), Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language: Primary Source Texts from the Pre-Socratics to Mill (Springer)

Reginald Lynch, The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition (Catholic University of America)

Thomas Joseph White, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (Catholic University of America)

Kellie Robertson, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Odo of Tournai, On Original Sin and A Disputation with the Jew, Leo, Concerning the Advent of Christ, the Son of God: Two Theological Treatises, tr. and ed. Irven M. Resnick (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Albert the Great, On the Body of the Lord, tr. Albert Marie Surmanski (Catholic University of America)

David I. Shyovitz, A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Steven A. Long, Roger W. Nutt, and Thomas Joseph White (eds.), Thomism and Predestination: Principles and Disputations (Catholic University of America)

Stéphane Loiseau, De l’écoute à la parole: La lecture biblique dans la doctrine sacrée selon Thomas d’Aquin (Cerf)

Emmanuel Falque, Le livre de l’expérience: D’Anselme de Cantorbéry à Bernard de Clairvaux (Cerf)

Michel Corbin, La contemplation de Dieu: Lecture de Monologion et du Proslogion de saint Anselme du Bec (Cerf)

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, On Companionship and Belief: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 39–41, ed. and tr. Carmela Baffioni and Ismail K. Poonawala (Oxford University Press)

Mark Henninger, Robert Andrews, and Jennifer Ottman (eds.), Robert Greystones on the Freedom of the Will: Selections from his Commentary on the Sentences (Oxford University Press)

Shira Weiss, Joseph Albo on Free Choice: Exegetical Innovation in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Oxford University Press)

Boyd Taylor Coolman, Eternally Spiraling into God: Knowledge, Love, and Ecstasy in the Theology of Thomas Gallus (Oxford University Press)

Anthony Kaldellis and Niketas Siniossoglou (eds.), The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium (Cambridge University Press)

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (ed.), The Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings, Volume 1: God (Cambridge University Press)

Yousef Casewit, The Mystics of al-Andalus: Ibn Barrajān and Islamic Thought in the Twelfth Century (Cambridge University Press)

Roshdi Rashed (ed.), Ibn al-Haytham’s Geometrical Methods and the Philosophy of Mathematics, translated from the French by J. V. Field (Routledge)

Kifayat Ullah, Al-Kashshaf: Al-Zamakhshari’s Mu’tazilite Exegesis of the Qur’an (De Gruyter)

Marko J. Fuchs, Gerechtigkeit als allgemeine Tugend: Die Rezeption der aristotelischen Gerechtigkeitstheorie im Mittelalter und das Problem des ethischen Universalismus (De Gruyter)

Ilia Galán Díez, The Birth of Thought in the Spanish Language: 14th century Hebrew-Spanish Philosophy (Springer)

Mary Beth Ingham, Understanding John Duns Scotus: ‘Of Realty the Rarest-veined Unraveller’ (Franciscan Institute)

Luis Cortest, Philo’s Heirs: Moses Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas (Academic Studies)

Edward Engelmann, Nature and the Artificial: Aristotelian Reflections on the Operative Imperative (Lexington)

Rose Mary Hayden Lemmons, Ultimate Normative Foundations: The Case for Aquinas’s Personalist Natural Law (Lexington)

Peter Adamson and Peter E. Pormann (eds.), Philosophy and Medicine in the Formative Period of Islam (Warburg Institute)

Robert Andrews and Olle Ferm (eds), Swedish Students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in the Middle Ages (Sällskapet Runica et Mediævalia)

John Wyclif, De scientia Dei, edited by Luigi Campi (OUP/British Academy)

Robert Glenn Davis. The Weight of Love: Affect, Ecstasy, and Union in the Theology of Bonaventure (Fordham)

Alexander Fidora & Nicola Polloni (eds.), Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions (FIDEM)

Joseph E. Lowry & Shawkat M. Toorawa (eds.), Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought. Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson (Brill)

Andrés Martínez Lorca. La filosofía en Al Ándalus, 2nd ed (Almuzara)

Farid Jabre, Essais et articles (L’Harmattan)

Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad & Sajjad H. Rizvi (eds.), Philosophy and the Intellectual Life in Shî’ah Islam (Shi’ah Institute)

Ulrich Rudolph, Rotraud Hansberger, and Peter Adamson (eds.), English translation by Rotraud Hansberger, Philosophy in the Islamic World: Volume 1: 8th-10th Centuries (Brill) [a translation with bibliographical updates of Philosophie in der islamischen Welt 1: 8.-10. Jahrhundert (Schwabe, 2012)].

Georgio Rahal & Heinz-Otto Luthe (eds.), Promisa nec aspera curans. Mélanges offerts à Marie-Thérèse Urvoy (Les Presses Universitaires, Institut Catholique de Toulouse)

Jules Janssens, An Annotated Bibliography on Ibn Sînâ. Second Supplement (1995-2009) (ACMRS)

Roshdi Rashed (ed.), Lexique historique de la langue scientifique arabe (Olms)

Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî, Las filosofías de Platón y Aristóteles with an Appendix Sumario de las Leyes de Platón. Prólogo y Tratado primero, translation by Rafael Ramón Guerrero (Ápeiron)

Alexander Orwin, Redefining the Muslim Community: Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics in the Thought of Alfarabi (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Mahdî Yazdî Hâ’irî, Universal Science: An Introduction to Islamic Metaphysics, transl. by John Cooper, ed. and intro. by Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad (Brill)

Eva-Maria Lika, Proofs of Prophecy and Refutation of the Isma’iliyya. The Kitab ithbat nubuwwat al-nabi by the Zaydi al-Mu’ayyad bi-llah al-Haruni (De Gruyter)


Jean Jolivet (1925-2018)

Jean Jolivet, the great French scholar known particularly for his work on medieval Arabic philosophy, as well as on Peter Abelard, died last week. The French wikipedia page provides some details about his career.

The Latest Conference News

Here’s the latest news about conferences etc.

2017-18 Jobs in Medieval Philosophy

Here’s my annual roundup of jobs that were advertised in medieval philosophy this past fall. I offer this information not for people on the job market, who have long since known about these, but for those who are curious about what the market looked like, but not curious enough to do the research themselves. You will note that all but one of these positions is in the USA. In part that reflects the nature of the job market, but it also reflects the difficulty of finding out about positions in Europe, which, unfortunately, are often not advertised on philjobs.org or on any other central listing. Of course, I am always glad to advertise such positions at In medias PHIL, when I learn of them.

  • Jobs with AOS in the history of philosophy, broadly construed:
    • Weber State
    • UMass Lowell
  • Jobs that mentioned medieval philosophy explicitly:
    • St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia): AOS in philosophy of religion, but perhaps paired with medieval philosophy, metaphysics, and/or epistemology.
    • Hope College: AOS open, with a strong preference for someone with teaching and research interests in at least one of the following areas: Ancient/Medieval Philosophy, Ethics, or Philosophy of Mind.​
    • Charles University (Prague): three-year lecturer position in medieval philosophy.
    • Emory and Henry College: AOS: Ethics; AOC: history of ancient and medieval philosophy, critical thinking, philosophy of science, aesthetics.
    • Georgia Southern University: AOS: Ancient Philosophy. AOC: medieval, American philosophy, African philosophy, and/or philosophy of race.
  • Postdocs mentioning medieval philosophy (in particular): (obviously there are lots of general fellowships that would accept projects in medieval)
    • Purdue University: three-year postdoc.
    • Brown University: Cogut Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy (AOS: Islamic and Arabic Philosophy; AOC: Medieval)

Thanks to Joseph Stenberg for the list.

News of All Sizes

Here’s the latest collection of news and events that’s come my way:

State of the Art: Dominik Perler

This installment of the State of the Art series is from Dominik Perler (Humboldt University, Berlin):

Thanks for inviting me to contribute to this series of posts on current research in medieval philosophy. Over the past several years, I have been quite busy with university politics and research management. But of course, what I am really interested in is doing research, not simply organizing, monitoring and evaluating it. After all, as Boethius of Dacia famously said in De summo bono, engaging in philosophical activity is the highest good. So I am glad that I am now on leave for a year and that I have more time to pursue my research projects. Right now I am working on three projects, going back and forth between them:

  1. What is a human person? What accounts for the identity of a person? And what are the distinctive features of a person? It has often been argued that these questions are distinctively modern questions, raised by Locke and his followers. Medieval authors only had a theological interest when talking about persons (e.g. in Trinitarian or Christological discussions) and neglected to examine the specific nature of a human person – or so the traditional story goes. I intend to revise this story by examining a number of sources, ranging from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, which explicitly discuss the nature and the activities of a human person. My aim is to show that medieval authors focused on three dimensions of a person, which they took to be constitutive: the metaphysical dimension (a person is a substance of a certain type), the psychological dimension (a person has the ability to reflect upon herself), and the practical dimension (a person is able to act and is not just acted upon). The crucial question is, of course, how each of these three dimensions was defined and how all of them were supposed to fit together. This is exactly the question I want to discuss in the book on which I am presently working. My aim is to show that medieval authors considered the metaphysical dimension to be fundamental; various accounts of this dimension gave rise to various accounts of the other two dimensions. Thus I start with an analysis of a variety of theories of substance and then look at the consequences those theories had on attempts to explain reflection and action. Franciscan authors (e.g. Peter John Olivi, Richard of Mediavilla, Roger Marston, William Ockham) play a special role in my story, since these authors paid particular attention to the psychological and practical dimensions. The book is still in its initial stage, but I hope that I will make some progress this year.
  2. My second project deals with theories of cognition. Like many of my colleagues, I used to look at Aristotelian texts, in particular at commentaries on the De anima, when analyzing these theories. But recently, I have become more and more interested in theological texts, in which medieval authors also tackled problems of cognition. What kind of cognition did Adam have before the fall? How does a soul that is separated from the body cognize material things? And how can an angel have cognitive access to material things? It is fascinating to see how many authors, ranging form Peter Lombard to Suárez, examined these questions at great length. I look at their discussions not simply because they are funny and entertaining (the details provided about Adam’s private life are indeed funny), but because they are remarkable from a methodological point of view. In many medieval texts, Adam or angels have the same function as some modern thought experiments: they show how cognition in an ideal case works. Analyzing ideal cases makes it possible to detect the basic structure of cognition that can also be found in the normal case; and it makes clear what is missing in the normal case. Given this methodological function, I am working on a number of papers (e.g. on Aquinas, Matthew of Aquasparta, Ockham, Suárez) that are intended to show how seemingly strange scenarios enabled medieval authors to spell out the structure of cognition. More generally, my aim is to assess the methodological value of theological cases in epistemological debates.
  3. For many years, I have also been working on early modern philosophy, and like many of my colleagues I have become convinced that there was no such thing as a “scientific revolution” or a radical break with medieval philosophy. Rather, we can see a transformation, as well as a partial continuation, of scholastic ideas in the early modern context. I am particularly interested in the transformation of metaphysical What happened to the idea that substances are the basic building blocks of reality? How was the internal structure of substances explained? And what kind of causal power was ascribed to substances? When dealing with these questions, I have been working on Suárez (or to be more modest, on some parts of Suárez’ corpus – reading his work is like exploring an entire continent). It seems to me that it is in his work that we find some key ideas that became influential in the early modern period, for instance the idea that there are more fundamental entities than substances, or the idea that efficient causality is the most basic form of causality. I wrote a couple of papers (e.g. on Suárez’ way of dealing with faculties, habits, qualities and other entities inside a substance) and I want to do more work on him and on other early modern Aristotelians, because I think that we need to turn to these authors if we want to understand how seemingly old ideas gave rise to new theories in the early modern period. Quite often we find not just old wine in new bottles, but also new wine in old bottles.

These are my projects. Now all I need is time and patience to carry them out – and, of course, also constant exchange with colleagues. After all, studying medieval philosophy is a cooperative activity.