These essays present new readings of Anselm’s speculative and spiritual writings on topics including his relationship to Augustine, proofs for God’s existence, faith and reason, human freedom and the problem of evil, his spiritual meditations and prayers, as well as Anselm’s reception by 19th and 20th century thinkers, modernism, and feminism. These philosophical, theological and literary analyses bring fresh perspectives on Anselm both in his historical context and in dialogue with contemporary questions.
Contributors are: Tomas Ekenberg, Riccardo Fredriga, Emery de Gaál, Kyle Philip Hubbard, Maggie Ann Labinski, Roberto Limonta, Ian Logan, Gavin Ortlund, M.B. Pranger, Gregory B. Sadler, Kevin Staley, Karen Sullivan, Eileen C. Sweeney, Michael Vendsel, Luca Vettorello, James Wetzel, and Kevin White.
John T. Slotemaker is Associate Professor of Medieval Christianity in the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University. His previous books include: Trinitarian Theology in Medieval and Reformation Thought (2020) and Anselm of Canterbury and the Search for God (2018).
Eileen C. Sweeney is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. She is the author of Anselm of Canterbury and the Desire for the Word (2012) and Words in the Absence of Things: Logic, Theology and Poetry in Boethius Abelard and Alan of Lille (2006) and numerous articles on Thomas Aquinas and other figures of the twelfth and thirteenth century.
Undergraduate and graduate students, and specialists in Medieval Theology and Philosophy, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion