Robert Grosseteste was one of the most eminent and universal scholars of his time. At his death, in 1253, as Bishop of Lincoln, he left behind him a literary heritage, which contemporary scholarship is still trying to come fully to terms with. This volume offers a series of studies concerning aspects of Grosseteste’s thought on religious and metaphysical themes. Paying particular attention to questions of chronology and sources, the author aims to elicit his deeper presuppositions and to isolate certain of his intuitions that seem quite original. The articles include two unedited writings by Grosseteste, on the sun and on human nature, and place the accent not on the possible unity of his intellectual initiatives, but on their variety - concerning language and thought, the nature of light, the Ten Commandments and the Christian conscience, mystical union and the reasons for the incarnation.
Contents: The Sun as res and signum: Grosseteste’s Commentary on Ecclesiasticus ch. 43, vv. 1-5; Robert Grosseteste and the reunion of the Church; Robert Grosseteste’s theory of human nature with the text of his conference Ecclesia Sancta celebrat; The absolute predestination of Christ in the theology of Robert Grosseteste; Der Breif des Robert Grosseteste an Magister Adam Rufus; Language, tongue and thought in the writings of Robert Grosseteste; The chronology of Robert Grosseteste’s Writings on nature and natural philosophy; Ein Paradigma der Lichtmetaphysik: Robert Grosseteste; Robert Grosseteste on the Ten Commandments; Index.
The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.
The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.
Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.
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