Ever since its rediscovery in the thirteenth century, Aristotle’s
Nicomachean Ethics has figured as a prime model of philosophical ethics in Western moral thought. This collection of articles for the first time surveys the medieval tradition of commentaries on the work from its origins to the fifteenth century. The twelve articles concentrate on the moral and intellectual virtues around which Aristotle’s ethic revolves and in many cases compare the discussion of the virtues in the medieval commentaries with contemporary theological debate. Taken together, the articles show the diverse and surprisingly creative ways in which medieval intellectuals during three centuries combined widely diverging currents of ancient and Christian moral thought in order to formulate a philosophical ethic suitable to their times.
Contributors include: István P. Bejczy, Pavel Blažek, Valeria A. Buffon, Iacopo Costa, Christoph Flüeler, Tobias Hoffmann, Roberto Lambertini, Jörn Müller, Matthias Perkams, Marco Toste, Martin J. Tracey, and Irene Zavattero.
István P. Bejczy, Ph.D. (1994) in History, has published widely on medieval culture (including
La Lettre du Prêtre Jean, 2001) and Renaissance humanism (including
Erasmus and the Middle Ages, 2001).
Table of contents
István P. Bejczy
THE EARLY THIRTEENTH CENTURY
1. The Structure of the Soul, Intellectual Virtues, and the Ethical Ideal of Masters of Arts in Early Commentaries on the
Valeria A. Buffon 2. Moral and Intellectual Virtues in the Earliest Latin Commentaries on the
Irene Zavattero 3.
Virtus in the Naples Commentary on the
Ethica nova (MS Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, VIII G 8, ff. 4ra-9vb),
Martin J. Tracey
ALBERT THE GREAT AND THOMAS AQUINAS
4. In War and Peace: The Virtue of Courage in the Writings of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas,
Jörn Müller 5. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimity,
Tobias Hoffmann 6. Aquinas’s Interpretation of the Aristotelian Virtue of Justice and His Doctrine of Natural Law,
THE LATE THIRTEENTH CENTURY
7. Heroic Virtue in the Commentary Tradition on the
Nicomachean Ethics in the Second Half of the Thirteenth Century,
Iacopo Costa 8.
Utrum felix indigeat amicis: The Reception of the Aristotelian Theory of Friendship at the Arts Faculty in Paris,
THE THIRTEENTH AND FOURTEENTH CENTURIES
9. The Cardinal Virtues in Medieval Commentaries on the
Nicomachean Ethics, 1250-1350,
István P. Bejczy 10. Political Prudence in Some Medieval Commentaries on the Sixth Book of the
Roberto Lambertini 11. The Virtue of Virginity: The Aristotelian Challenge,
THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
12. Teaching Ethics at the University of Vienna: The Making of a Commentary at the Faculty of Arts (A Case Study),
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Names
All those interested in intellectual history, ancient and medieval philosophy, and ethics.