Contemplation and Philosophy: Scholastic and Mystical Modes of Medieval Philosophical Thought

A Tribute to Kent Emery, Jr.


This volume collects essays which are thematically connected through the work of Kent Emery Jr., to whom the volume is dedicated. A main focus lies on the attempts to bridge the gap between mysticism and a systematic approach to medieval philosophical thought. The essays address a wide range of topics concerning (a) the nature of the human soul (in philosophical and theological discourse); (b) medieval theories of cognition (natural and supernatural), self-knowledge and knowledge of God; (c) the human soul’s contemplation of, and union with, God; (d) the tradition of “the modes of theology” in the Middle Ages; (e) the relation between philosophy and theology. Various articles are dedicated to major figures of the 13th and 14th century philosophy, others display new material based on critical editions. Contributors are Jan A. Aertsen, Stephen Brown, Bernardo Carlos Bazán, William J. Courtenay, Alfredo Santiago Culleton, Silvia Donati, Bernd Goehring, Guy Guldentops, Daniel Hobbins, Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Georgi Kapriev, Steven P. Marrone, Stephen M. Metzger, Timothy B. Noone, Mikolaj Olszewski, Alessandro Palazzo, Garrett R. Smith, Andreas Speer, Carlos Steel, Loris Sturlese, Chris Schabel, Christian Trottmann, and Gordon A. Wilson.

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Roberto Hofmeister Pich is Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre / RS, Brazil. He has written and edited books about the philosophy of John Duns Scotus and the reception of the Scotist and other medieval "schools" in Baroque and Modern Scholasticism. Andreas Speer is Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Thomas-Institut at the University of Cologne. He has written and edited many books and articles concerning the history of medieval philosophy and theology. He is General Editor of the Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters (Brill).
Editorial Preface and Acknowledgements List of Contributors Curriculum vitae Kent Emery, Jr. Publications by Kent Emery, Jr.

Part 1 Conceptual Approaches

1 Les notions de puissance et d’ harmonie chez PorphyreStephen Gersh
2 La philosophie comme considération, la contemplation et ses moyens selon Bernard de ClairvauxChristian Trottmann
3 Contemplation and Philosophy: A Historical and Systematic ApproachAndreas Speer
4 The Two “Late Middle Ages”William J. Courtenay
5 Die scotische Unterscheidung von Essenz und Energie bei Georgios Scholarios und die inneren Quellen der palamitischen TraditionGeorgi Kapriev

Part 2 Struggling with Philosophy

6 What a Philosopher May Learn from Theologians. Albert the Great on the Principles of Movement in Humans (De anima III, 9–11)Carlos Steel
7 Dreams and Divinatory Dreams in Albert the Great’s Liber de somno et vigiliaSilvia Donati
8 Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon and the Magicians on the Power of WordsSteven P. Marrone
9 Can It be Proved, Following Thomas’s Philosophical Principles, That the Human Soul is Naturally Incorruptible?Bernardo Carlos Bazán
10 Henry of Ghent on Knowledge, Remembrance, and the Order of Cognitive Acts: The Problematic Legacy of Thomas AquinasBernd Goehring

Part 3 Understanding Theology

11 The Parts of Henry of Ghent’s Quaestiones Ordinariae (Summa)Gordon A. Wilson
12 A Thomist Facing the Challenge of Henry of Ghent. An Edition and Study of Distinction 2 from James of Metz’s Commentary on Book I of the SentencesMikołaj OlszewskiIacobus Metensis, Quaestiones in I Librum Sententiarum Distinctio 2
13 James of Metz’s Lectura on the SentencesChris SchabelTabula Quaestionum
14 Peter Aureoli’s Various Uses of Averroes to Illustrate the Sapiential Character of Declarative TheologyStephen Brown

Part 4 The First Known

15 Primum cognitum at the End of the 13th Century: Raymundus Rigaldus and Duns ScotusTimothy B. NooneRaymundus Rigaldus, Quaestiones disputatae, qq. 1–3 (Ex codice Todi, Bibl. commun., Ms. 98, f. 51rb et seq. = T)
16 Esse consecutive cognitum: A Fourteenth-Century Theory of Divine IdeasGarrett R. Smith⟨Iacobi de Aesculo⟩ ⟨Quaestio ordinaria 4⟩ | Quaeritur utrum notitia actualis creaturae praesupponatur in Deo notitiae habituali eiusdem

Part 5 Meister Eckhart’s Legacy

17 More Than One Eckhart? The Parisian Eckhart and the ‘Opus tripartitum’—The Need for a More Homogeneous Picture of His ThoughtJan A. Aertsen (†)
18 Eckhart and the Power of the ImaginationAlessandro Palazzo
19 Locutio emphatica: Argumentative Strategies in Meister Eckhart’s German SermonsLoris Sturlese

Part 6 Mystical Theology and Contemplation

20 The Tractatus de mistica theologia by Ioannes de Indagine, O.Cart († 1475)Stephen M. MetzgerIoannis de Indagine Tractatus de mistica theologia
21 A Newly Discovered Recension of Gerson’s Annotatio doctorum aliquorum qui de contemplatione locuti sunt: Evidence for Gerson’s Reading of De imitatione Christi?Daniel HobbinsAppendix A: Contents of Giessen, Universitätsbibliothek, Hs. 763Appendix B: Annotatio quorundam doctorum qui de contemplatione locuti sunt. Venerabilis magistri Johannis Gerson

Part 7 Prospects of the Second Scholastic

22 Alfonso Briceño O.F.M. (1587–1668) on John Duns Scotus’s Metaphysical Groundworks of Theology: The Controversies on InfinityRoberto Hofmeister Pich
23 Antonio Ruiz de Montoya’s Firestone of Divine Love (Sílex del divino amor): The Spiritual Journey of a Jesuit among the GuaraníAlfredo Santiago Culleton
24 Hyacinthe de Chalvet on Beauty—Keeping Up Anti-Scholastic AppearancesGuy Guldentops
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All interested in medieval philosophy and theology, in particular in the intersection of mysticism and speculative philosophical and theological thought.
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