A Companion to Albert the Great

Theology, Philosophy, and the Sciences

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Editor: Irven Resnick
Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus; d. 1280) is one of the most prolific authors of the Middle Ages, and the only scholar to be known as “the Great” during his own lifetime. As the only Scholastic to to have commented upon all the works of Aristotle, Albert is also known as the Universal Doctor (Doctor Universalis) for his encyclopedic intellect, which enabled him to make important contributions not only to Christian theology but also to natural science and philosophy. The contributions to this omnibus volume will introduce students of philosophy, science, and theology to the current state of research and multiple perspectives on the work of Albert the Great.

Contributors include Jan A. Aertsen, Henryk Anzulewicz, Benedict M. Ashley, Miguel de Asúa, Steven Baldner, Amos Bertolacci, Thérèse Bonin, Maria Burger, Markus Führer, Dagmar Gottschall, Jeremiah Hackett, Anthony Lo Bello, Isabelle Moulin, Timothy Noone, Mikołaj Olszewski, B.B. Price, Irven M. Resnick, Francisco J. Romero Carrasquillo, H. Darrel Rutkin, Steven C. Snyder, Michael W. Tkacz, Martin J. Tracey, Bruno Tremblay, David Twetten, Rosa E. Vargas and Gilla Wöllmer

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Biographical Note

Irven M. Resnick, Ph.D. (1983) in Religious Studies, University of Virginia, is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published extensively on Albert the Great and translated several of his scientific commentaries.

Contributors include: Jan A. Aertsen, Henryk Anzulewicz, Benedict M. Ashley, Miguel de Asúa, Steven Baldner, Amos Bertolacci, Thérèse Bonin, Maria Burger, Markus Führer, Dagmar Gottschall, Jeremiah Hackett, Anthony Lo Bello, Isabelle Moulin, Timothy Noone, Mikołaj Olszewski, B.B. Price, Irven M. Resnick, Francisco J. Romero Carrasquillo, H. Darrel Rutkin, Steven C. Snyder, Michael W. Tkacz, Martin J. Tracey, Bruno Tremblay, David Twetten, Rosa E. Vargas, and Gilla Wöllmer.

Review Quote

"This volume is the single best introduction to Albert the Great in English and constitutes a comprehensive study of his thought."
John T. Slotemaker, Fairfield University. In: Religious Studies Review, Vol. 39, No. 4 (December 2013), p. 278.

“Insgesamt kann man feststellen, dass der Band mit dem Vorhaben, dem gesamten Denken Alberts des Großen gerecht zu werden, durchaus Erfolg hat. Auch wenn er letzten Endes nicht für Anfänger gedacht ist, so muss man dem Herausgeber Achtung für den Mut zollen, einen so komplexen und schwierigen Denker in ein letztlich immer noch handliches Format gebracht zu haben ohne auf Grundlegendes verzichten zu müssen.”
Jörg Alejandro Tellkamp, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa. In: Das Mittelalter, Bd. 20:1 (2015), S. 213-214.

Table of contents

Abbreviations and Conventions

Albert the Great: Biographical Introduction
Irven M. Resnick

PART ONE: THEOLOGY

The Systematic Theology of Albert the Great
Henryk Anzulewicz

The Nature of Theology According to Albert the Great
Mikołaj Olszewski

Albert the Great—Mariology
Maria Burger

Albert the Great and Mystical Epistemology
Markus Führer

PART TWO: PHILOSOPHY

Introduction to Albert’s Philosophical Work
David Twetten and Steven Baldner

Albert’s Physics
David Twetten, Steven Baldner, and Steven C. Snyder

Albert the Great and His Botany
Gilla Wöllmer

War and Peace: Medicine and Natural Philosophy in Albert The Great
Miguel de Asúa

Anthropology: Albert the Great On the Cogitative Power
Benedict M. Ashley, OP

Anthropology: The Concept of Man in Albert the Great
Henryk Anzulewicz

The Moral Thought of Albert the Great
Martin J. Tracey

Albert the Great and Mathematics
Anthony Lo Bello

Interpreting Albert the Great on Astronomy
B.B. Price

Albert the Great and the Speculum astronomiae: The State of the Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Jeremiah Hackett

Astrology and Magic
H. Darrel Rutkin

Albert the Great on Logic, Knowledge, and Science
Michael W. Tkacz

Albert the Great on Metaphysics

Introduction
Francisco J. Romero Carrasquillo, David Twetten, and Bruno Tremblay.

Albert on the Subject of Metaphysics
Timothy Noone

Metaphysics and its Relation to Theology in Albert’s Thought
Henryk Anzulewicz

Albert on Metaphysics as First and Most Certain Philosophy
Bruno Tremblay

Plato and Platonic/Neoplatonic Sources in Albert
Henryk Anzulewicz

Albert’s Use of Avicenna and Islamic Philosophy
Amos Bertolacci

Albert’s Doctrine on the Transcendentals
Jan A. Aertsen

Albert and the Triplex universale
Timothy Noone

Albert on Being and Beings: The Doctrine of Esse
Rosa E. Vargas

Albert’s Doctrine on Substance
Isabelle Moulin

Albert’s Arguments for the Existence of God and the Primary Causes
David Twetten

Albert’s De causis and the Creation of Being
Thérèse Bonin

Causality and Emanation in Albert
Isabelle Moulin and David Twetten

PART THREE: EPILOGUE

Albert’s Contributions to or Influence on Vernacular Literatures
Dagmar Gottschall


Contributor Biographies
Bibliography
Index



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