The issue of whether the writings of Thomas Aquinas show internal contradictions has not only stirred readers from his earliest, often critical, reception, but also led to the emergence of a literary genre that has crucial relevance to the history of medieval Thomism. Concordances were drawn up which listed Thomas’ contradictory statements and, in most cases, tried to disguise the appearance of contradiction by exegesis. But what was at stake in this interpretive endeavor? What role did the concordances play in shaping Thomism? What tensions did they reveal in the works of Thomas? The book aims to investigate these questions and puts the concordance of Peter of Bergamo (†1482), which represents the most important example of this type of text, at the center of the investigation.
Contributors are Marieke Abram, Kent Emery, Jr., Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen, Isabel Iribarren, Thomas Jeschke, Catherine König-Pralong, Mario Meliadò, Silvia Negri, Zornitsa Radeva, and Peter Walter.
Mario Meliadò, Ph.D. (2015), University of Siena/Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, is Junior Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Siegen. His research focuses on the philosophy of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as on their reconstruction and appropriation in modern philosophical historiography. On the history of Albertism, he has published the book
Sapienza peripatetica. Eimerico di Campo e i percorsi del tardo albertismo, Muenster 2018.
Silvia Negri, Ph.D. (2014), University of Siena/Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, is Senior Assistant for Medieval History at the University of Zurich. She has published on the history of Thomism, the
Summa of Henry of Ghent (the critical edition of which she collaborated on), and representations of humility in the Middle Ages.
The book is aimed at those who are interested in medieval philosophy, theology, and culture, and especially at those who want to gain new insights into the history of late medieval Thomism.