What do we mean precisely when we say that the fire is cracking in the fireplace because I lit it? Or what is happening when the fire ignites the newspaper I threw in it? Is this merely a way of everyday talking, to be abandoned after some philosophical reflection, or are there really things acting on each other? Would our answer be different if there were some higher agent (God) who is responsible for every being at every moment of their existence? In the last few decades’ emerging neo-Aristotelian metaphysics, some of these questions have received revived attention — but surprisingly, these treatments leave the richest tradition devoted to them unmentioned. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is no comprehensive study on medieval theories of causation and divine concurrence, nor on their heritage in early modern philosophy. With my research on medieval accounts of causation and divine concurrence I aim to fill this gap. My underlying conviction is that these medieval accounts are both intrinsically interesting, as well as enable us to learn a great deal about metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and some problems of early modern philosophy and science.
in progress . . .
Some manuscript and early print transcriptions I have been working on recently. These are drafts, not proper editions, and may contain (a lot of) grammatical errors as well as typos. As a general principle, I kept as close to the original as I could, although punctuation has been added throughout.
- ("Whether God is immediately active in every operation of nature")
- (questions on causation)
- (Whether God is causally active in sinful volitions)
Some Resources on Medieval Philosophers
Albert the Great
- The Albertus Magnus e-corpus: downloadable opera omnia, as well as some browsable texts.
- The Albertus Magnus Institute, Cologne: biography, bibliography, status updates about the Cologne edition (in German), as well as the digital edition of the Cologne volumes (subscription required).
John of Mirecourt
- The first book of his Sentences commentary is available online. The editing project seems to be inactive now, but they do keep the site alive.
- The Peter Auriol Homepage, with status updates of the current editing project, bio, comprehensive bibliography, and links.
- The Adam-Tannery Ouvres is available on Gallica.
- The Electronic Grosseteste Database: (almost) complete works in Latin, with bibliography.
There is a plethora of resources related to Aquinas, this is a very limited selection.
- Corpus Thomisticum with the electronic edition of the Leonine, searchable.
- If one needs the page numbers from the real Leonine, Sydney Penner’s great website has a reference page, with download links to most volumes.
- The New Advent Summa: perhaps not the best available translation, but it’s complete.
- Alfred Freddoso’s new translation of the Summa, still in progress.
- A collection of Aquinas’s other works in English, available online.
- A bilingual edition of the Dialogus.