University Training in Medieval Europe

Translated and Edited by D.N. Pryds


The pre-eminence of the universities of Paris and Oxford as centres of learning and of literary production has imposed on the study of the history of universities generalised cultural and institutional models derived from these two centres. This collection of studies shows however how in academic practice and literature there existed many variations and differences between various university centres.
Working from a vast re-examination of statutary sources and from analyses of numerous unedited texts, these five papers tackle the problems of the teaching of theology in the schools of the mendicant orders and in the universities, the teaching of the liberal arts and of the meaning of facultas in the Italian context, the program of logic at Bologna, and finally they offer an integral framework for the curriculum and for methods of teaching logic.

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Alfonso Maierù holds the chair in Medieval Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". He has undertaken research into medieval logic (published as Terminologia logica della tarda scolastica, Rome 1972), on logic and trinitarian theology in the 14th century, and on Dante.
' The individual pieces fit together to form a remarkably coherent picture of European education on the verge of the new age.' Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 1994. ' L'incontestable originalité du travail de Maierù est fondée sur sa méthode de recherche qui,...reconstitue, dans ses similitudes et ses différences, la situation institutionnelle de l'enseignement philosophiques...' Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 1995. ' ...une contribution importante à l'histoire des universités médiévales et un ouvrage qui regroupe commodément des travaux antérieurs.' Alain Touwaide, Bulletin Codicologique, 1994.
Those interested in medieval history, university history and the history of the organisation of teaching in general, the history of the mendicant orders, and the history of medieval doctrine.