Conferences and More

Here’s the latest news about what’s happening around the medieval community:

  • Twin workshops are being organized in Morocco for March 2018. On March 12-13, there will be a conference on Averroes in Rabat. On March 15-16, the action will move south to Marrakech, for a workshop on “Human Knowing in the Medieval Arabic and Latin Traditions.” Applications are still being accepted; see details here.
  • L’Institut d’Études Médiévales has organized a conference in Paris on the subject “Existe-t-il une mystique médiévale?” (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017)
  • St. Andrews is sponsoring a conference on Medieval Logic and Its Contemporary Relevance (April 30-May 2, 2018). CfP deadline February 1.
  • There’s a conference on Anselm at the University of Houston next spring, extending to all aspects of his career (May 4-5, 2018). CfP deadline February 1. [There doesn’t seem to be anything on the web yet, but anyone interested should contact Sally Vaughn.]
  • Speaking of Anselm, the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies (Manchester, NH) is advertising a summer research grant for graduate students and recent PhDs who are interested in spending a week doing research at the Institute. Application deadline February 1, 2018. Details here.
  • The thirteenth annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition will run on June 2 5-27, 2018, on the topic “Principles, Cosmology, and First Philosophy in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition.” Details here.
  • Jonathan Jacobs is directing an NEH Seminar on Will, Commandment, and Human Perfection in Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Colgate University, July 8-Aug. 4, 2018). [If this looks familiar, it’s because he regularly offers this topic as an NEH summer seminar.] Application deadline: March 7.
  • There’s an interesting interview with Calvin Normore at the Medieval Logic and Semantics blog. It’s mainly devoted to the place of logic in philosophy and in the history of philosophy.
  • The 2017 Rising Scholar Award, sponsored by the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, has been awarded to Daniel Shields (Pontifical College Josephinum) for his paper “Everything in Motion is Put in Motion by Another: A Principle in Aquinas’ First Way.”
  • Through the end of February, Quaracchi is holding one of its occasional 50% off sales. That offer covers a whole lot of important Franciscan philosophical texts. You can find the catalog here.

Various Resources (Fall 2017)

Whenever I find something useful on the web, I tend to suppose that I’m the last person in the world (that is, our little world) to know about it. So apologies in advance if you’ve heard about these before.

  • If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely a regular user of the online Corpus Thomisticum. But did you know that if you’re using the full-text feature of the site (e.g., here), you can double-click on any word and it will take you to the Perseus entry for that word, giving you not just a dictionary definition but an exact account of the part of speech etc. of that particular inflection of the word? This makes reading Aquinas in this format a great resource for anyone working to improve their Latin.
  • Playing around with this feature led me to discover a great new(er) resource from the Perseus people: an online Latin/Greek search tool that ranges over various dictionaries. It’s called Logeion. This has a notably elegant and powerful user interface, and is a particularly useful tool for medievalists, because in addition to indexing Lewis and Short, it gives you Du Cange and also the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources. It’s worth taking a minute to read the About page, which explains some functionality that you would not discover on your own from the austere Start page.
  • There is also – of course! – a corresponding Logeion app for your phone. My quick impression is that it does not do everything the web-based version does, but it’s still pretty cool.
  • And speaking of apps, the Corpus Thomisticum itself now has an app, currently for Android only, that has the functions of the Index Thomisticus. (I have to report, though, that I couldn’t get it to work on my Android tablet.)
  • Finally, the Aquinas Institute continues to release bilingual volumes of Aquinas’s works, and they are starting to enter into territory that goes beyond looking nice on a shelf — they are producing new translations. Here is the announcement of the first volume of their translation of the Sentences commentary (Bk. IV dd. 1-13). Notice that they’ve kindly made it available for free on the web.

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)

Research Tools, and a few queries

  • A new database has been launched: Premodern Philosophical and Scientific Hebrew Terminology in Context, or “PESHAT in Context” for short. This is part of a long-term project, organized by the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hamburg and by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Although it is not yet available for general access, the editors let me have an advance look, and it promises to be a remarkably useful tool for anyone interested either in Hebrew philosophy, or in the transmission of philosophical ideas across Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin. As part of the project, there will also be a regular series of colloquia etc., and a mailing list for those who want to stay abreast of the project. For more information, contact
  • The folk at the Aquinas Institute – the ones who keep publishing these big blue Latin-English volumes – are awfully excited about a new software system that has “revolutionized” their work: Trados Studio 2017. (See the breathless account here.) Really? Is this a big deal for folk like you and me? Does anyone know about this?
  • I happened to notice, over the summer, that the seventeenth and final volume has now appeared of the British Academy’s Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources. See a review here. This made me wonder: is this huge project of any use to the study of medieval philosophy? More generally, are there any medieval Latin dictionaries that are of any help to our field (other, of course, than something like the Thomas-Lexikon)?
  • Speaking of useful lexicons, I recently had the occasion to want a digital copy of Cappelli’s great Lexicon abbreviaturarum, the essential guide to Latin manuscript abbreviations. Philip Choi hunted it down here. (This is a German version, but it doesn’t matter. I might add, as well, that this little book can still readily be purchased in print.) This too made me wonder: is there now anything better than Cappelli out there? I seem to recall talk, some years back, of a fully electronic version of something like Cappelli, but I don’t know what came of it.

2015 Books

Here is my annual roundup of books in medieval philosophy from the previous year. At the start are some 2014 books omitted from last year’s list. After that are new books from 2015, randomly ordered as usual. As always, feel free to let me know about any omissions.

Peter Adamson, Studies on Plotinus and al-Kindî (Variorum) (Ashgate, 2014)

Brendan Thomas Sammon, The God Who Is Beauty: Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite (James Clarke, 2014).

Solomon ibn Gabirol (Avicebron), The Font of Life (Fons vitae), translated by John A. Laumakis (Marquette, 2014)

Babette S. Hellemans (ed.), Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays (Brill, 2014)

David Flood (ed.), Early Commentaries on the Rule of the Friars Minor: 1242 Commentary, Hugh of Digne, David of Augsburg, John of Wales (Franciscan Institute, 2014)

Marco Forlivesi Riccardo Quinto, and Silvana Vecchio (eds.), “Fides virtus”: The Virtue of Faith from the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century (Aschendorf, 2014).

J. Budziszewski, Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law (Cambridge, 2014)

Laure Solignac, La voie de la ressemblance: Itinéraire dans la pensée de saint Bonaventure (Hermann, 2014)

James A. Diamond, Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Nathan Lefler, Theologizing Friendship: How Amicitia in the Thought of Aelred and Aquinas Inscribes the Scholastic Turn (James Clarke, 2014)

Ikwān al-Safā’, On Geography. An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of EPISTLE 4, ed. & transl. by Ignacio Sánchez & James Montgomery (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity) (OUP, 2014)

Sara Leila Husseini, Early Christian-Muslim Debate on the Unity of God: Three Christian Scholars and Their Engagement with Islamic Thought (9th Century C.E.) (Brill, 2014)

Alexander Y. Hwang, Brian J. Matz & Augustine Casiday (eds.), Grace For Grace: The Debates after Augustine & Pelagius (CUA, 2014)

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Nazif Muhtaroglu & Detlev Quintern (eds.), Islamic Philosophy and Occidental Phenomenology in Dialogue: The Logos of Life and Cultural Interlacing (Springer, 2014)

Daniel Horan, Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress, 2014).

Paola Bernardini, and Anna Rodolfi, eds. Roger Bacon’s Communia Naturalium: A 13th Century Philosopher’s Workshop (SISMEL, 2014)

Peter S. Dillard, Foundation and Restoration in Hugh of St. Victor’s De sacramentis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Mariano Delgado, Charles Méla & Frédéric Möri (eds.), Orient-Occident racines spirituelles de l’Europe. Enjeux et implications de la translatio studiorum dans le judaïsme, le christianisme et l’islam de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance (Cerf, 2014)

Rosenthal, Franz, Man versus Society in Medieval Islam, ed. by Dimitri Gutas (Brill, 2014)

Fabrizio Renzi, La conoscenza metafisica tra molteplicità e unità.  Tommaso d’Aquino a confronto con Avicenna (Casa editrice Leonardo da Vinci, 2014)

John Duns Scotus, Questions on Aristotle’s Categories, translated by Lloyd A. Newton (CUA, 2014)

Andreas Speer, F. Retucci, T. Jeschke and G. Guldentops, Durand of Saint-Pourçain and his Sentences Commentary: Historical, Philosophical, and Theological Issues (Peeters, 2014).

Otten, Willemien, Michael I. Allen (eds.) Eriugena and Creation: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies (Brepols, 2014).

Paul O’Grady, Aquinas’s Philosophy of Religion (Palgrave, 2014)

Jozef Matula and Paul Richard Blum (eds.). Georgios Gemistos Plethon. The Byzantine and the Latin Renaissance (Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2014).

Tomáš Nejeschleba, Paul Richard Blum (eds.). Francesco Patrizi. Philosopher of the Renaissance (Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2014).

Rusconi, Cecilia (ed.) Manuductiones: Festschrift zu Ehren von Jorge M. Mchatta und Claudia D’Amico (Aschendorff 2014) [on Nicholas of Cusa]

Maximos the Confessor, On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, volumes I and II, ed. and tr. Nicholas Constas (Harvard, 2014) [edition and English translation]

Guido Terreni de Perpiniano, Confutatio errorum quorundam magistrorum, ed. Almudena Blasco, Alexander Fidora, and Celia López Alcalde; tr. Alexander Fidora, Celia López Alcalde, Josep Batalla, and Robert D. Hughes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2014) [edition and English translation]

Mark Kauntze, Authority and Imitation: A Study of the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris (Brill, 2014)

Michael G. Morony (ed.), Universality in Islamic thought : rationalism, science and religious belief (Tauris, 2014)

Joel Kaye, A History of Balance, 1250–1375: The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and its Impact on Thought (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Thomas Böhm, Thomas Jürgasch, Andreas Kirchner, eds. Boethius as a Paradigm of Late Ancient Thought (De Gruyter, 2014)

Gregory the Great, Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, volume 1: Preface and Books 1-5, translated by Brian Kerns (Liturgical Press, 2014)

Anselm K. Min (ed.). Rethinking the Medieval Legacy for Contemporary Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014)

 And now, 2015 !

Christian Rode, Zugänge zum Selbst: innere Erfahrung in Spätmittelalter und früher Neuzeit (Aschendorff)

Ota Pavlicek and František Šmahel (eds.), A Companion to Jan Hus (Brill)

Philipp Rosemann (ed.), Mediaeval Commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, vol. 3 of 3 (Brill)

Jari Kaukua, Self-Awareness in Islamic Philosophy: Avicenna and Beyond (Cambridge UP)

John Marenbon, Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz (Princeton)

A. Mark Smith, From Sight to Light: The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics (Chicago)

Gianluca Briguglia, Marsile de Padoue (Classiques Garnier)

Gyula Klima (ed.), Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy (Fordham)

Christopher Hughes, Aquinas on Being, Goodness, and God (Routledge)

Jason T Eberl (ed.), The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae (Routledge)

Leo J. Elders, Thomas d’Aquin et ses prédécesseurs (ICP)

Alain de Libera, L’invention du sujet modern: cours du Collège de France 2013-2014 (Vrin)

Ziad Bou Akl (ed.), Averroès: le philosophe et la Loi: Édition, traduction et commentaire de “L’Abrégé du Mustasfa,” (De Gruyter)

Gaven Kerr, Aquinas’s Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia (OUP)

Paolo Rubini, Pietro Pomponazzis Erkenntnistheorie: Naturalisierung des menschlichen Geistes im Spätaristotelismus (Brill)

R. James Long, Hagar’s Vocation: Philosophy’s Role in the Theology of Richard Fishacre, OP (Catholic University of America)

Joël Biard (ed.), Raison et démonstration. Les commentaires médiévaux sur les Seconds Analytiques (Brepols)

Jakob Leth Fink (ed.), Suárez on Aristotelian Causality (Brill)

Dominik Perler (ed.), The Faculty: A History (Oxford Philosophical Concepts (OUP) [relevant papers by Kukkonen and Perler]

Aggelos – Angelus: From the Antiquity to Middle Ages (SISMEL)

John Buridan, Quaestiones super octo libros Physicorum Aristotelis (secundum ultimam lecturam), Libri I-II, ed. Michiel Streijger and Paul Bakker (Brill).

Thierry of Chartres, The Commentary on the De arithmetica of Boethius, ed. Irene Caiazzo (PIMS).

Hugo de Sancto Victore, De uanitate rerum mundanarum, Dialogus de creatione mundi, ed. C. Giraud (CCCM 269) (Brepols).

Ghislain Guigon and Gonzalo Rodriquez-Pereyra (eds.), Nominalism about Properties: New Essays (Routledge) [includes essays by Marenbon and Panaccio]

Ruth Glasner, Gersonides: A Portrait of a Fourteenth-Century Philosopher-Scientist (OUP)

Margaret Cameron, Robert J. Stainton (eds.), Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language (OUP) [includes essays by Cameron, Adamson & Key, Spruyt & Dutilh Novaes, Klima, Nauta, and Ashworth]

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Times (OUP)

Steven J. Jensen, Knowing the Natural Law:  From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts (CUA)

Thomas Aquinas, De unione verbi incarnati, tr. R. W. Nutt, ed. Bartocci, Obenauer, and Senner (Peeters)

Jean-Baptiste Brenet, Averroès l’inquiétant (Les Belles Lettres)

Roshdi Rashed, Angles et Grandeur: d’Euclide à Kamal al-Din al-Farisi (de Gruyter)

Kristell Trego, La liberté en actes : éthique et métaphysique d’Alexandre d’Aphrodise à Jean Duns Scot (Vrin)

Ana María Mora-Márquez, The Thirteenth-Century Notion of Signification: The Discussions and their Origin and Development (Brill)

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

Stephen Blackwood, The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy (OUP)

Lambert of Auxerre, Logica, or Summa Lamberti, translated by Thomas S. Maloney (University of Notre Dame Press)

François Daguet, Du politique chez Thomas d’Aquin (Vrin)

Francisco De Vitoria, De actibus humanis, ed. and tr. Augusto Sarmiento (Frommann-Holzboog) [Spanish-Latin bilingual edition]

Al-Hasan ibn Musa al-Nawbakhti, Commentary on Aristotle “De generatione et corruptione,” edition, translation and commentary by Marwan Rashed (de Gruyter)

Jacek Grzybowski, Cosmological and Philosophical World of Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy as a Medieval Vision of the Universe (Peter Lang)

Andreas Blank, Ontological Dependence and the Metaphysics of Individual Substances, 1540-1716 (Philosophia)

Robin Lane Fox, Augustine : Conversions to Confessions (Basic Books)

Passions et pulsions à la cour (Moyen Âge – Temps modernes). Textes réunis par Bernard Andenmatten, Armand Jamme Laurence Moulinier-Brogi et Marilyn Nicoud, (SISMEL)

Penser avec les démons. Démonologues et démonologies (XIIIe-XVIIe siècles), Textes réunis par Martine Ostorero et Julien Véronèse (SISMEL)

John T. Slotemaker and Jeffrey C. Witt, A Companion to the Theology of John Mair (Brill)

Bernardus Silvestris, Poetic Works, ed. and tr. Winthrop Wetherbee (Harvard)

Peter Adamson, Philosophy in the Islamic World : A Very Short Introduction (OUP)

John Llewelyn, Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Spell of John Duns Scotus (Edinburgh UP)

Master Eckhart. Commentaire du Livre de la Sagesse, tr. (French) Jean-Claude Lagarrigue et Jean Devriendt (Belles Lettres)

Stephen L. Brock, The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch (Cascade)

Paul Bakker (ed.), Averroes’ Natural Philosophy and its Reception in the Latin West (Leuven)

Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos in the Translation of William of Moerbeke (Claudii Ptolemaei Liber Iudicialium), ed. Gudrun Vuillemin-Diem and Carlos Steel (Leuven)

Georges Tamer and Frank Griffel (eds.), Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazzālī: Papers Collected on his 900th anniversary (Brill), 2 vols.

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

Richard Taylor and Luis Xavier López-Farjeat, eds., The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy (Routledge)

Ahmed Alwishah and Josh Hayes (eds.), Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition (Cambridge UP)

Joseph Albo, Sefer ha-‘iqqarim, Livre des principes, III, 25 : un chapitre de la controverse Judéo-Chrétienne en Sefarad, au xv siècle, Hebrew text with French translation and commentary by Philippe Bobichon (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)

Sevier, Christopher Scott. Aquinas on Beauty (Lexington)

Blum, Paul Richard. Nikolaus von Kues und die italienische Renaissance (Paulinus-Verlag)

Mario Kozah, The Birth of Indology as an Islamic Science: Al-Bīrūnī’s Treatise on Yoga Psychology (Brill)

Joep Lameer, The Arabic Version of ūsī’s Nasirean Ethics (Brill)

Ayman Shihadeh, Doubts on Avicenna: A Study and Edition of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʿūdī’s Commentary on the Ishārāt (Brill)

Wouter Goris, Transzendentale Einheit (Brill)

Smilen Markov, Die metaphysische Synthese des Johannes von Damaskus: historische Zusammenhänge und Strukturtransformationen (Brill)

Florian Wöller, Theologie und Wissenschaft bei Petrus Aureoli: ein scholastischer Entwurf aus dem frühen 14. Jahrhundert (Brill)

Cristina Cerami, Génération et Substance: Aristote et Averroès entre physique et métaphysique (de Gruyter)

Patrick Mahaney Clark, Perfection in death : the christological dimension of courage in Aquinas (CUA).

Bernhard Blankenhorn, OP, The Mystery of Union with God: Dionysian Mysticism in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas (CUA).

Gilles Emery, OP and Matthew Levering (eds.), Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology (OUP)

Steven P. Marrone, A History of Science, Magic and Belief (Palgrave)

Katherin A. Rogers, Freedom and Self-Creation: Anselmian Libertarianism (OUP)

Peter Adamson, Studies on Early Arabic Philosophy (Variorum) (Ashgate)

Maurice A. Pomerantz & Aram Shahin (eds.), The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning.  Studies presented to Wadad Kadi (Brill)

Lahcen Elyazghi Ezzaher (tr.), Three Arabic Treatises on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Commentaries of al-Fârâbî, Avicenna, and Averroes (Southern Illinois University Press)

Ali Benmakhlouf, Pourquoi lire les philosophes arabes ? L’héritage oublié (Albin Michel)

Andrés Lorca Martínez, La filosofía medieval.  De al-Farabi a Ockham (Batiscafo)

Gabriella Elgrably-Berzin, Avicenna in Medieval Hebrew Translation: Todros Todrosi’s Translation of Kitâb al-Najât, on Psychology and Metaphysics (Brill)

al-Fārābī, The Political Writings, Volume II: “Political Regime” and “Summary of Plato’s Laws”, transl., by Charles E. Butterworth (Cornell)

al-Fārābī, Le recensement des sciences (al-Ihsâ’ al-‘ulûm), text, intro. and commentary by Amor Cherni (Albouraq)

Amor Cherni, La cité et ses opinions. Politique et métaphysique chez Abû Nasr al-Fârâbî (Albouraq)

l-Rāzī, On the Treatment of Small Children (De curis puerorum), ed. and transl. by Gerrit Bos & Michael McVaugh (Brill)

Oliver Kahl, The Sanskrit, Syriac and Persian Sources in the Comprehensive Book of Rhazes (Brill)

Nuha A. Alshaar, Ethics in Islam: Friendship in the Political Thought of Al-Tawhîdî and his Contemporaries (Routledge)

Bilal Orfali & Ramzi Baalbaki (ed.), The Book of Noble Character, Critical Edition of Makârim al-akhlâq wa-mahâsin al-âdâb wa-badâ’i‘ al-awsâf wa-gharâ’ib al-tashbîhât, Attributed to Abû Mansûr al-Tha’âlibî (d. 429/1039) (Brill)

F. Jamil Ragep and Taro Mimura, Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: On astronomia : an Arabic critical edition and English translation of Epistle 3 (Oxford UP)

Damien Janos (ed.), Ideas in Motion in Baghdad and Beyond (Brill)

Serge-Thomas Bonino, Breve Histoire de la Philosophie Latine au Moyen Age (Cerf)



السلام عليكم

Since beginning this blog in 2012, I have resolutely tried to avoid the sort of editorializing that — depending on your perspective — makes the blogosphere at once both delightful and abominable. My guiding editorial principle has been “just the news.” But the latest political currents in my country strike me as demanding some kind of response from all decent people. And although I don’t suppose that this blog goes very far toward that end, it is, I hope, better than nothing.

Perhaps significantly better, inasmuch as scholars of medieval philosophy are particularly well positioned, among academics, to explore through their research and teaching some of the great glories of Islamic civilization. Here, then, is a brief tour of some resources pertaining to Islamic philosophy.

  • First, there are these recently announced jobs for editorial positions working on the Averroes edition at the Thomas-Institut. (There is a position for each of the three relevant languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Latin.)
  • Second, I am pleased to announce that the Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy (edited by Richard Taylor and Luis Xavier López-Farjeat) is, as of this fall, available in print.
  • Third, the Denver-Marquette conference series on Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions is scheduled for next July 6-8, at Marquette. It will focus on al-Ghazali.
  • Fourth, if you are interested in bring more Islamic philosophy into your classes, but need suggestions on how to do this, help is at hand. I’ve asked a few leading scholars for their suggestions in this regard, and I’ve received syllabi, for classes of various sorts, from Jon McGinnis, Deborah Black, Sarah Pessin, and Richard Taylor’s. All of Richard’s teaching material is available – along with much more – on his website. I have collected the other syllabi in a dropbox folder. (If, by the time you discover this page, that folder is no longer accessible, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the above scholars. We’ll be glad to help.)

Finally, if what you really need is just cheering up, here’s Seth Meyers:  “A protester had to be escorted out of a Donald Trump rally last night for yelling, ‘Trump’s a racist.’ The protester was removed because the Trump campaign has that phrase copyrighted.”