Concerns for a Distinguished Center for Medieval Philosophy

The Philosophy Department at the University of St. Thomas (Houston) seems to be at some risk of “reorganization and/or elimination.” See details at the Daily Nous. Would the school really have the nerve to eliminate the Philosophy Department and continue calling itself the University of Saint Thomas? Perhaps it might better, at that point, sell off the naming rights to the school to some more suitable benefactor.

Update as of May 19, 2017: The latest word is that the Department’s PhD program will be eliminated. This, which is of course bad enough in its own right, will have the further consequence of “allow[ing] the administration to change the terms of our contracts and increase course loads and remove tenure.” This from John Hittinger, department chair. See the detailed update at the Daily Nous.

Late Spring News

This will probably be my last post until August. First, some information about upcoming events:

  • The Collège de France is holding a two-day international colloquium, Philosopher au XIIe siècle, at the end of May (Paris, May 29-30, 2017).
  • There’s a conference on Knowledge as Assimilation, ranging over ancient and medieval material, co-sponsored by the Rationality in Perception group in Helsinki and the Representation and Reality group in Gothenberg (Helsinki, June 9-11, 2017).
  • The University of Bonn is holding a conference this summer, on “Time and Modality. Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives” (July 20-22, 2017). Immediately before the conference (July 17-19), they’re running a summer school in conjunction with themes from the conference. The application deadline for the summer school is May 31. Details on the summer school here.
  • The Thomas-Institut has sent out its call for papers for the 2018 Cologne Mediaevistentagung. The topic is The Library: Spaces of Thought and Knowledge Systems. The submission deadline is August 15, 2017. See details here.

Next, some information about people:

  • Nate Bulthius, a recent Cornell PhD, is interviewed at the APA blog, where he discusses in some detail his perspective on studying medieval philosophy.
  • Thomas Ward, currently at Loyola Marymount, is moving to Baylor University, starting this coming fall. With John Haldane already there, as well as Francis Beckwith, and with Tim O’Connor joining the department as well, this makes Baylor quite a prominent option for graduate study in medieval philosophy.

And then some links, both, as it happens, pertaining to Scotus:

  • Tobias Hoffmann’s very useful Scotus bibliography is now available here, where it continues to be updated.
  • Thomas Williams has just come out with an extensive collection of English translations of Scotus’s ethical work (OUP 2017). In addition to the book, there is a website, here. On the website, there are additional translations, links to some of Thomas’s papers, and a remarkable unpublished essay that makes the case for why the Vatican edition of Ordinatio III.26-40 is “so frequently bad that no responsible scholar can rely on it.”

Finally, jobs:

  • There’s a three-year postdoc position at the above-mentioned Helsinki project, Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550. The application deadline is May 29, 2017. Details here.
  • There’s a two-year postdoc advertised in Munich, connected to the project Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen: Antike, Mittelalter, Neuzeit. Quoting from the ad, “The central concern of the project is the medieval reaction to the ancient idea that God’s rulership to the universe is comparable to that between a political ruler and the state that s/he governs.” The application deadline is June 1, 2017. Details here.

Medieval Books 2016

As in previous years, the order of books is random, except that it begins with 2015 books left off from last year’s list. Also as in previous years, the list is doubtless incomplete (though not as incomplete as it would have been without the help of Martin Eyestone). I’m always glad to know about omissions, which I’ll add to the front of next year’s list.


Peter John Olivi, Lectura super Apocalypsim, ed. Warren Lewis (Franciscan Institute, 2015) [Lewis published an English translation with the Franciscan Institute in 2012]

Garrett R. Smith (ed.), Petri Thomae Quaestiones de esse intelligibili, Petri Thomae opera I (Leuven, 2015).

Monica Brînzei (ed.), Nicholas of Dinkelsbühl and the Sentences at Vienna in the Early Fifteenth Century (Brepols, 2015)

Kurt Flasch, Meister Eckhart: Philosopher of Christianity, tr. Anne Schindel and Aaron Vanides (Yale University Press, 2015)

John Pecham, Tractatus de sphaera, edition and translation, with commentary, by Bruce Robert MacLaren and Girard Etzkorn (Franciscan Institute, 2015)

Alexander Fidora (ed.), Guido Terreni, O. Carm. († 1342): Studies and Texts (Brepols, 2015)

Frans Van Liere and Franklin T. Harkins (eds.), Interpretation of Scripture: Practice. A Selection of Works of Hugh, Andrew, Richard, and Leonius of St Victor, and of Robert of Melun, Peter Comestor and Maurice of Sully (Brepols, 2015)

Peter Abelard, Historia calamitatum, ed. A. Andrée (Brepols, 2015)

Ramon Llull, Opera Latina XXXVI, ed. P. M. Beattie, and O. L. de la Cruz Palma (Brepols, 2015) [Corpus Christianorum, cont. med.]

J. Higuera Rubio (ed.), Knowledge, Contemplation and Lullism (Brepols, 2015)

O. Weijers, A Scholar’s Paradise: Teaching and Debating in Medieval Paris (Brepols, 2015)

P. Roszak and J. Vijgen (eds.), Reading Sacred Scripture with Thomas Aquinas: Hermeneutical Tools, Theological Questions and New Perspectives (Brepols, 2015)

L. Lanza, Ei autem qui de politia considerat… Aristotele nel pensiero politico medievale (Brepols, 2015)

Robert Grosseteste, Versio Caelestis Hierarchiae Pseudo-Dionysii Areopagitae, ed. D. A. Lawell (Brepols, 2015)

Thierry of Chartres, The Comentary on the De arithmetica of Boethius, ed. I. Caiazzo (Brepols, 2015)

M. V. Dougherty (ed.), Aquinas’s Disputed Questions on Evil: A Critical Guide (Cambridge UP)

John Marenbon, Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP)

Ayman Shihadeh (ed.), Doubts on Avicenna: A Study and Edition of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʻūdī’s commentary on the Ishārāt (Brill)

Iohannis Duns Scoti Collationes Oxonienses, ed. Guido Alliney and Marina Fedeli (SISMEL)

Damien Janos (ed.), Ideas in Motion in Baghdad and Beyond: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and Muslims in the Third/Ninth and Fourth/Tenth Centuries (Brill)

Alî ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Walîd, Avicenna’s Allegory on the Soul : An Ismaili Interpretation. An Arabic edition and English translation of Alî b. Muhammad b. al-Walîd’s al-Risâla al-mufîda, Arabic ed. by Wilferd Madelung & transl. and intro. by Toby Mayer (I.B. Tauris)

Anthony J. Celano, Aristotle’s ethics and medieval philosophy: moral goodness and practical wisdom (Cambridge UP)

Magali Roques, L’essentialisme de Guillaume d’Ockham (Vrin)

Claudia Di Fonzo, Dante e la tradizione giuridica (Carocci)

Giancarlo Garfagnini and Anna Rodolfi (eds.), «Scientia humana» e «scientia divina». Conoscenza del mondo e conoscenza di Dio (ETS)

Anna Rodolfi, “Cognitio obumbrata”. Lo statuto epistemologico della profezia nel secolo XIII (SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo)

Marwan Rashed, L’héritage aristotélicien : textes inédits de l’Antiquité. Nouvelle édition revue et augmentée (Belles lettres)

Ibn Ṭumlūs, Kitāb fī Mantiq (Treatise on Logic), Kitāb al-Ǧadal (Book of Dialectic), & Kitāb al-Amkina al-Muġallia (Book of Sophistical Topics), ed. Fouad Ben Ahmed (Difaf Publishing) [in Arabic, with English introduction]

John Sellars (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition (Routledge) [incl. medieval chapters by Sarah Byers, Matthew Walz, and Kevin Guilfoy]

Robert Arp (ed.), Revisiting Aquinas’ Proofs for the Existence of God (Brill)

Wilferd Madelung and Sabine Schmidtke (eds.), Al-āḥib Ibn ʿAbbād Promoter of Rational Theology: Two Muʿtazilī kalām texts from the Cairo Geniza (Brill)

al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī, Foundations of Jurisprudence – An Introduction to Imāmī Shīʿī Legal Theory, translated and edited by Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi (Brill)

Kuni Sakamoto, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Renaissance Reformer of Aristotelianism: A Study of Exotericae Exercitationes (Brill)

Giacomo Zabarella, De rebus naturalibus, ed. José Manuel García Valverde (Brill), 2 vols. [edition of the Latin text]

Christian Rode (ed.), A Companion to Responses to Ockham (Brill)

R. J. Matava, Divine Causality and Human Free Choice: Domingo Báñez, Physical Premotion and the Controversy de Auxiliis Revisited (Brill)

Isabelle Moulin (ed.), Philosophie et théologie chez Jean Scot Érigène (Vrin)

Gianluca Briguglia, Le pouvoir mis à la question : Théologiens et théorie politique à l’époque du conflit entre Boniface VIII et Philippe le Bel (Belles lettres)

Philip McCosker and Denys Turner (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae (Cambridge UP).

Pasquale Porro, Thomas Aquinas: A Historical and Philosophical Profile, tr. Joseph Trabbic and Roger Nutt (Catholic University of America Press). [from the Italian: Carocci, 2012]

Dawud al-Muqammas, Twenty Chapters (Provo, Utah, forthcoming in 2016).

John Buridan, Les petites sommes de logique, tr. Benoît Patar (Presses Philosophiques)

Blake D. Dutton, Augustine and Academic Skepticism: A Philosophical Study (Cornell).

Bonaventure, Commentary on the Sentences: Sacraments, tr. J.A. Wayne Hellmann, Timothy LeCroy, and Luke Davis Townsend (Franciscan Institute) [= Bk. IV, in English]

John Duns Scotus, The Report of the Paris Lecture: Reportatio IV-A, Volume 1, Parts 1 and 2, edited and translated by Oleg Bychkov and R. Trent Pomplun (Franciscan Institute)

Daria Spezzano, The Glory of God’s Grace: Deification According to St. Thomas Aquinas (Sapientia)

Christopher Shields and Robert Pasnau, The Philosophy of Aquinas, 2nd ed. (OUP) [1st ed . Westview, 2003]

Master Richard Sophista, Abstractiones, ed. Sten Ebbesen, Mary Sirridge, and Jennifer Ashworth (OUP)

Richard Schenk OP, Soundings in the History of a Hope: New Studies on Thomas Aquinas (Sapientia)

Brian Davies, Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary (OUP)

Gerhard Krieger, Die “Metaphysik” des Aristoteles im Mittelalter: Rezeption und Transformation (De Gruyter)

Jamal Rachak, Ibn Bâjja (Avempace). Philosophe de Saragosse et Fès (533-1139). Biobibliographie

Anthony J. Lisska, Aquinas’s Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction (OUP)

Robert Pasnau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, vol. 4 (OUP)

Amos Bertolacci and Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (eds.), La Filosofia Medievale tra Antichità ed Età Moderna. Saggi in memoria di Francesco Del Punta (1941-2013) (SISMEL)

Thomas Petri, O.P. Aquinas and the Theology of the Body: The Thomistic Foundations of John Paul II’s Anthropology (CUA Press).

Thomas Würtz. Islamische Theologie im 14. Jahrhundert (de Gruyter)

Olga Anna Duhl and Jean-Marie Fritz (eds.), Les cinq sens entre Moyen Age et Renaissance : enjeux épistémologiques et esthétiques (Dijon)

Peter Adamson, Philosophy in the Islamic World: A History of Philosophy without Any Gaps, Volume 3 (OUP)

Anna Marmodoro and David Yates (eds.), The Metaphysics of Relations, Oxford University Press [medieval papers by Brower and Penner]

Sigrid Müller, Theologie und Philosophie im Spätmittelalter (Aschendorff)

Wolfgang Buchüller, Isaak von Etoile: monastische Theologie im Dialog mit dem Neo-Platonismus des 12. Jahrhunderts (Aschendorff)

Davide Monaco, Nicholas of Cusa: Trinity, Freedom and Dialogue (Aschendorff)

Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Book of Job, tr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady (Aquinas Institute) [English-Latin edition]

Thomas Aquinas, Questions on Love and Charity: Summa theologiae, secunda secundae, Questions 23-46, translated by Robert Miner, with essays by Jeffrey A. Bernstein, Dominic Doyle, Mark D. Jordan, Robert Miner, and Sheryl Overmyer (Yale)

Riccardo Saccenti, Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey (Notre Dame)

K. Jacobi and P. King (eds.), Abaelardiana: Glossae super Peri Hermeneias II (Brepols) [Corpus Christianorum, cont. med.]

G. Mongeau, Embracing Wisdom: The Summa theologiae as Spiritual Pedagogy (Brepols)

S. R. Kramer, Sin, Interiority, and Selfhood in the Twelfth-Century West (Brepols)

D. Calma (ed.), Neoplatonism in the Middle Ages: New Commentaries on the ‘Liber de Causis’ and ‘Elementatio Theologica, 2 vols. (Brepols)

Carsten Selch Jensen and Christian Gottlieb (eds.), Teologien i Historien – Historien i Teologien: Festskrift til Professor Lauge O. Nielsen (Eksistensen)

Bernardo C. Bazán, La noétique de Siger de Brabant (Vrin)

Thomas Aquinas, Le Maître, Questions disputées sur la vérité, Question XI, tr. Bernadette Jollès (Vrin) [with Latin]

Thomas Aquinas, L’âme et le corps, tr. Jean-Baptiste Brenet (Vrin) [ST 1a 76-76, with Latin]

Barbara H. Rosenwein, Generations of Feeling: A History of Emotions, 600-1700 (Cambridge UP)

Peter of John Olivi, A Treatise on Contracts, ed. Sylvain Piron, tr. Ryan Thornton and Michael Cusato (Franciscan Institute)

Gregory Reichberg, Thomas Aquinas on War and Peace (Cambridge UP)

Charles F. Briggs and Peter S. Eardley (eds.), A Companion to Giles of Rome (Brill)

Thomas Aquinas, The Treatise on Happiness, The Treatise on Human Acts: Summa Theologiae I-II 1-21, tr. Thomas Williams, commentary by Christina Van Dyke and Thomas Williams (Hackett)

John Buridan, Quaestiones super octo libros Physicorum Aristotelis: Libri III-IV, ed. Michiel Streijger and Paul Bakker (Brill)

Catarina Dutilh Novaes and Stephen Read, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic (Cambridge UP)

Nicholas of Lyra, Literal Commentary on Galatians, ed. and tr. Edward Naumann (Medieval Institute)

Mark D. Jordan, Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas (Fordham)

Jean Porter, Justice as a Virtue: A Thomistic Perspective (Eerdmans)

Lawrin Armstrong, The Idea of a Moral Economy: Gerard of Siena on Usury, Restitution, and Prescription (University of Toronto Press) [editition and translation of 3 texts]

Hunayn ibn Ishâq on His Galen Translations, ed. and tr. John Lamoreaux, with appendix by Grigory Kessel (Brigham Young University Press)

John Slotemaker and Jeffrey Witt, Robert Holcot (OUP)

Robert Andrews. Bero Magni de Ludosia, Questions on the Soul: A Medieval Swedish Philosopher on Life (Runica et Mediaevalia [Stockholm])

Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh, Practical mysticism in Islam and Christianity : a comparative study of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Meister Eckhart (Routledge)

Rotraud Hansberger (trans.), Philosophy in the Islamic World, Volume 1: 8th–10th Centuries, ed. Ulrich Rudolph, Rotraud Hansberger, and Peter Adamson (Brill). [English translation of Philosophie in der Islamischen Welt Band I: 8.–10. Jahrhundert (Schwabe, 2012)]

Gert Melville and Martial Staub (eds.), Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, 2 vols. (Brill) [English translation of Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters, 2nd ed. (Primus, 2013)]

Monika Michałowska, Richard Kilvington’s Quaestiones super libros Ethicorum: A Critical Edition with an Introduction (Brill)

Paul W. Knoll, “A Pearl of Powerful Learning”: The University of Cracow in the Fifteenth Century (Brill)

Franklin T. Harkins and Aaron Canty (eds.), A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages (Brill)

John P. Bequette (ed.), A Companion to Medieval Christian Humanism: Essays on Principal Thinkers (Brill)

Kirstin Bunge et al. (eds.), The Concept of Law (lex) in the Moral and Political Thought of the ‘School of Salamanca’ (Brill)

Giosuè Ghisalberti, Augustine’s Passions: His Transformation from a Roman Citizen to a Catholic Bishop, 354–401 (Marquette UP)

Emanuela Prinzivalli, Françoise Vinel, and Michele Cutino (eds.), Transmission et réception des Pères grecs dans l’Occident, de l’Antiquité tardive à la Renaissance: Entre philologie, herméneutique et théologie (Actes du colloque international organisé du 26 au 28 novembre 2014 à l’Université de Strasbourg) (Brepols)

Kent Emery, Jr. (ed.), Bulletin de philosophie médiévale 57/2015 (Brepols)

Samuel Presbiter, Collecta ex diuersis auditis in scola magistri Willelmi de Monte (Notes from the School of William de Montibus), ed. Andrew N.J. Dunning (Brepols)

Nicephorus Blemmydes and Iosephus Racendytes, Nicephori Blemmydae De virtute et ascesi necnon Iosephi Racendytae De virtute, ed. E. Gielen (Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca, CCSG 80) (Brepols)

A.-I. Bouton-Touboulic and C. Lévy (eds.), Scepticisme et religion: Constantes et évolutions, de la philosophie hellénistique à la philosophie médiévale (Brepols)

B. Bakhouche (ed.), Science et exégèse: Les interprétations antiques et médiévales du récit biblique de la création des éléments (Genèse 1,1-8) (Brepols)

Augustinus, Sermones de novo testamento (157-183): Sermones in epistolas apostolicas II, ed. S. Boodts (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina, CCSL 41Bb) (Brepols)

Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, Part I: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 32–36, ed. and trans. Paul E. Walker, David Simonowitz, Ismail K., and Godefroid de Callatay (OUP)

Robert Kilwardby, Notule libri Priorum, ed. and trans. Paul Thom and John Scott, Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi 23 and 24, 2 vols. (OUP)

William E. Mann, God, Belief, and Perplexity (OUP)

John Duns Scotus, On Being and Cognition: Ordinatio 1.3, ed. and trans. John van den Bercken (Fordham UP)

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

John M. Rist, Augustine Deformed: Love, Sin and Freedom in the Western Moral Tradition (Cambridge UP)

Timothy Samuel Shah and Allen D. Hertzke (eds.), Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1: Historical Perspectives (Cambridge UP)

Catherine Conybeare, The Routledge Guidebook to Augustine’s Confessions (Routledge)

Moshe M. Pavlov, Abū’l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī’s Scientific Philosophy (Routledge)

Kathleen Gibbons, The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria (Routledge)

Jennifer Constantine Jackson, Conversation, Friendship and Transformation: Contemporary and Medieval Voices in a Theology of Discourse (Routledge)

Cristiano Casalini, Aristotle in Coimbra: The Cursus Conimbricensis and the Education at the College of Arts (Routledge)

Mark Edwards and Elena Ene D-Vasilescu (eds.), Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought (Routledge)

Keagan Brewer, Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages (Routledge)

Caner K. Dagli, Ibn al-‘Arabi and Islamic Intellectual Culture: From Mysticism to Philosophy (Routledge)

Georges Vajda, Pensées médiévales en hébreu et en arabe Études (1931-1981), ed. Elisa Coda, Études musulmanes XLIX (Vrin)

Michele Trizio, Il neoplatonismo di Eustrazio di Nicea, Biblioteca filosofia di Quaestio (Vrin/Edizioni di Pagina)

Graziella Federici Vescovini, Nicolas de Cues: L’homme, atome spiritual, Bibliothèque des Philosophies (Vrin)

Béatrice Bakhouche and Alain Galonnier (eds.), Lectures médiévales et renaissantes du Timée de Platon, Philosophes médiévaux (Vrin/Peeters)

Catherine König-Pralong, Médiévisme philosophique et raison modern: de Pierre Bayle à Ernest Renan, Conférences Pierre Abélard (Vrin)

L. Muehlethaler, G. Schwarb, and S. Schmidtke (eds.), Theological Rationalism in Medieval Islam: New Sources and Perspectives, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 258 (Peeters)

Marko J. Fuchs, Gerechtigkeit als allgemeine Tugend: Die Rezeption der aristotelischen Gerechtigkeitstheorie im Mittelalter und das Problem des ethischen Universalismus, Veröffentlichungen des Grabmann-Institutes zur Erforschung der mittelalterlichen Theologie und Philosophie 61 (De Gruyter)

Manfred Ullmann, Aufsätze zur arabischen Rezeption der griechischen Medizin und Naturwissenschaft, ed. Rüdiger Arnzen, Scientia Graeco-Arabica 15 (De Gruyter)

Günter Frank, Topik als Methode der Dogmatik: Antike – Mittelalter – Frühe Neuzeit, Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann 179 (De Gruyter)

Andreas Speer and Thomas Jeschke (eds.), Schüler und Meister, Miscellanea Mediaevalia 39 (De Gruyter)

Michal Glowala, Singleness: Self-Individuation and Its Rejection in the Scholastic Debate on Principles of Individuation, Philosophische Analyse 70 (De Gruyter)

Jari Kaukua and Tomas Ekenberg (eds.), Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy (Springer)

Alexander Green, The Virtue Ethics of Levi Gersonides (Springer)

Hassan Tahiri, Mathematics and the Mind: An Introduction into Ibn Sīnā’s Theory of Knowledge (Springer)

Joel Kalvesmaki and Robin Darling Young (eds.), Evagrius and His Legacy (Notre Dame)

Douglas Finn, Life in the Spirit: Trinitarian Grammar and Pneumatic Community in Hegel and Augustine (Notre Dame)

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

Pieter De Leemans and Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen (eds.), Between Text and Tradition: Pietro d’Abano and the Reception of Pseudo-Aristotle’s Problemata Physica in the Middle Ages (Leuven UP)

Charles Burnett & Pedro Mantas-Espana (eds), Ex Oriente Lux: Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in Medieval Mediterranean Society (UCOPress, CNERU / Warburg Institute)

Dag Hasse, Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance (Harvard)

Matthew Doyle, Peter Lombard and His Students (PIMS)

Boulder 2018

I am hereby announcing a conference in medieval philosophy to be held at the University of Colorado on April 5-7, 2018.

Everyone is invited, and I expect you all to come.

Although I will not be able to cover all of everyone’s expenses, I hope to have enough funds to cover lodging for anyone who works in the field and would like to come. (Lodging will be at the beautiful Chautauqua cottages.)

This is a one-time event, and I am hoping it will be a big party. Please put it on your calendar and then RSVP, directly to me.

Details regarding the conference, as it develops, will become available here.

Various Announcements

Here’s what’s coming this summer from projects affiliated with Richard Taylor at Marquette:

And here are a few other things you might like to know about: