Final Spring Post

Before shutting down for the summer, here are three more conference announcements and some art:

  • The annual Berlin-Groningen-Toronto Colloquium in Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy is on the topic of “Activity, Spontaneity, and Agency” (Toronto, June 11, 2016)
  • The Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy has been scheduled for 23-24 September 2016, although I think nothing is on the web yet.
  • SIEPM XIV is coming. It will be in Porto Alegre Brazil, on July 24-28, 2017, on the topic of “Homo – Natura – Mundus: Human Beings and their Relationships.” European scholars do not need to be told about the importance of these international congresses, which are scheduled only every five years. But perhaps I might suggest to my North American colleagues that we make a better showing this time around, particularly since the Congress is making a rare appearance on this side of the Atlantic. To get on the program, you must submit an abstract this fall — see details here. If you’re from North America, that’s the only way you’ll get on the program, because, amazingly, none of the ten distinguished plenary speakers at this international congress hail from North America.

Now for the art:

  • My colleague David Boonin alerted me to this curious bit of graphic art, with Thomas and Albert right at the center. He saw it this week in New York, at an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, though it was commissioned originally for a 2013 exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The artist is Francesco Franchi.

That’s all until next fall, unless people send me queries for other scholars. I’ve advertised this service before, and in the past no one has sent me anything, so maybe I should just give up on the idea. But the few times I have posted a query myself, I have gotten such useful information that it seems a pity others aren’t taking advantage. Perhaps people are afraid of submitting a query that will seem too embarrassingly elementary for the rarefied audience of this blog? Well, send it to me anyway, and I won’t post it unless it strikes me as worthy.


Electronic Resources

I’m always running across useful resources on the internet. Here are some that seemed particularly notable:

  • The Logic Museum, as I’ve noted in an earlier post, has all sorts of useful material. Here’s an example: the tables of contents for all the issues of the Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Âge, from volume 1 (1926) to volume 78 (2011). And then skip over to the BnF’s also very useful Gallica, for the full texts for vols. 1-14. (Thanks for the pointer to
  • What else is in the Logic Museum? Well, here’s something pretty cool: a hyper-linked version of Aquinas’s commentary on Metaphysics, which gives you the Latin in one column and Rowan’s translation in the other, and then offers thorough hyperlinks that go to a separate page that gives the Greek/Latin/English of the relevant text from Aristotle. And the whole of the Physics commentary is here too. And more. I could spend months in the Logic Museum!
  • Early volumes of the Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie des Mittelalters (vols. 1-23) are inventoried and available electronically here.
  • The Albertus Magnus Institut has now produced an electronic edition of the Alberti Magni Opera omnia. Individuals can subscribe for a mere €298. Free trials available here.
  • The whole Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca is available electronically. And there’s a useful concordance to the published English translations of these works here (though those translations are still under copyright, and so not freely available).

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