A Companion to John Scottus Eriugena


John Scottus Eriugena (d. ca. 877) is regarded as the most important philosopher and theologian in the Latin West from the death of Boethius until the thirteenth century. He incorporated his understanding of Latin sources, Ambrose, Augustine, Boethius and Greek sources, including the Cappadocian Fathers, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Maximus Confessor, into a metaphysics structured on Aristotle’s Categories, from which he developed Christian Neoplatonist theology that continues to stimulate 21st-century theologians.
This collection of essays provides an overview of the latest scholarship on various aspects of Eriugena’s thought and writings, including his Irish background, his use of Greek theologians, his Scripture hermeneutics, his understanding of Aristotelian logic, Christology, and the impact he had on contemporary and later theological traditions.

Contributors: David Albertson, Joel Barstad, John Contreni, Christophe Erismann, John Gavin, Adrian Guiu, Michael Harrington, Catherine Kavanagh, A. Kijewska, Stephen Lahey, Elena Lloyd-Sidle, Bernard McGinn, Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, Dermot Moran, Giulio D’Onofrio, Willemien Otten, and Alfred Siewers

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Adrian Guiu. Ph.D (2014), University of Chicago, is Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Humanities at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. He has published various articles on the work of Maximus Confessor and of John Scottus Eriugena.
Eriugena’s Works
Abbreviations for Commonly Cited Secondary Sources

Adrian Guiu

Part 1: Background and Context

1 Eriugena’s Irish Backgrounds
Alfred Kentigern Siewers
2 John Scottus, Nutritor, and the Liberal Arts
John J. Contreni
3 Eriugena and the Neoplatonic Tradition
Michael Harrington
4 Between Greek and Latin: Eriugena on Logic
Christophe Erismann

Part 2: Perspectives on the

5 A Thematic Introduction to and Outline of the Periphyseon for the Alumnus
Elena M. Lloyd-Sidle
6 A Theologian’s Itinerary: John Scottus Eriugena’s Christological Ascent
John Gavin, S.J.
7 The Periphyseon as Hexaemeral Commentary
Bernard McGinn
8 Suspended between Cosmology and Anthropology: Natura’s Bond in Eriugena’s Periphyseon
Willemien Otten
9 The Speculative System of John Scottus Eriugena and the Tradition of Vera Philosophia
Giulio d’Onofrio

Part 3: The other Eriugena

10 Eriugena’s Intervention in the Debate on Predestination
Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi
11 Eriugena as Translator and Interpreter of the Greek Fathers
Joel I. Barstad
12 Eriugena Reads Maximus Confessor: Christology as Cosmic Theophany
Adrian Guiu
13 Eriugena the Exegete: Hermeneutics in a Biblical Context
Catherine Kavanagh

Part 4: The Aftermath of Eriugena

14 Eriugena’s Influence on the 12th Century
Agnieszka Kijewska
15 Echoes of Eriugena in Renaissance Philosophy: Negation, Theophany, Anthropology
David Albertson
16 The Reception of Eriugena in Modernity: A Critical Appraisal of Eriugena’s Dialectical Philosophy Of Infinite Nature
Dermot Moran
17 Eriugena’s Condemnation and His Idealism
Stephen Lahey

Appendix: Benedict XVI Assesses Eriugena
Ancient and Medieval Names and Sources
Modern Authors
Subjects related to Eriugena
All interested in early medieval history of philosophy and theology; students, specialists, general readers; influence of Greek Fathers on Western thought; Neoplatonism; medieval logic; Irish thought; mysticism; Augustine. Keywords: Eriugena, medieval philosophy, Cappadocian Fathers, Maximus Confessor, Irish thought, influence of Greek Fathers on Western thought; Neoplatonism; medieval logic; mysticism; Augustine.
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