Spanning thirty years, the papers brought together in this volume reflect three of Professor Colish's interests as a historian of medieval scholastic thought. The first group of studies represent investigations that flowed into, and out of, the research on Peter Lombard (d. 1161) and his contemporaries that culminated in her book Peter Lombard (1994). Following the publication of that work, she next sought to discover how Peter's theology became mainstream Paris theology in the period between Lombard's death and the early 13th century, resulting in the second group of papers in this collection. Finally, the last two papers offer reflections on broader interpretive issues, considering ways in which medievalists ought to reconsider their general understanding of the story lines of high medieval intellectual history.
Contents: Introduction; Systematic theology and theological renewal in the 12th century; Authority and interpretation in scholastic theology; Another look at the school of Laon; Gilbert, the early Porretans, and Peter Lombard: semantics and theology; Early Porretan theology; Peter Lombard and Abelard: the Opinio Nominalium and divine transcendence; Abelard and theology; Psalterium Scholasticorum: Peter Lombard and the emergence of scholastic psalms exegesis; Peter Lombard as an exegete of St. Paul; Peter Lombard and philosophy; 'Discipline' and 'science' in Peter Lombard; From the sentence collection to the Sentence commentary and the summa: Parisian scholastic theology, 1130-1215; The development of Lombardian theology, 1160-1215; Early scholastic angelology; Christological nihilianism in the second half of the 12th century; Avicenna's theory of efficient causation and its influence on St. Thomas Aquinas; Haskins's Renaissance seventy years later: beyond anti-Burckhardtianism; Remapping scholasticism; Index.
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