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The Summa Halensis: Philosophy and Reception

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Oxford

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Sponsored by the European Research Council and King’s College London

There is no cost to attend the conference, but please register your attendance by 8 September 2019 for individual days of the conference using Eventbrite so we can get an accurate idea of numbers. If you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your reservation before the day.

If you would like to book lunch on one or more of the days, please do so using King’s eStore; the charge is £10 per day. You can book lunches here: https://estore.kcl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/academic-faculties/faculty-of-arts-humanities/department-of-theology-and-religious-studies/lunch-for-the-summa-halensis-conference

In case of any questions, please email the event organiser, Lydia Schumacher, Reader in Historical and Philosophical Theology at King’s College London at Lydia.schumacher@kcl.ac.uk


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In the second quarter of the thirteenth century, early Franciscan theologians at the University of Paris, above all, Alexander of Hales and John of La Rochelle, worked together to lay down a distinctly Franciscan intellectual tradition for the first time. The product of their efforts was one of the first great Summae of the period, the so-called Summa Halensis. This and other early Franciscan texts have often been regarded as mere attempts to codify the longstanding ‘Augustinian’ tradition of the earlier middle ages. However, four European Research Council workshops held in 2018 on the sources (Greek, Arabic, Latin), methods, context, and doctrinal contents of the Summa have helped to establish this text as the source of many innovations that are often more closely associated with the later Franciscan school.

The purpose of the 2019 conference is to explore the philosophical material of the Summa in greater depth and to trace the later reception and development of its innovations. How did ideas laid down initially in the Summa influence and evolve from the generation of Duns Scotus onwards? Speakers include Richard Cross, Volker Leppin, Dominik Perler, Alexander Fidora, Oliver Davies, William Short, William Courtenay, Nicola Polloni, Jenny Pelletier, Russell Friedman, Mary Beth Ingham, Paul Bakker, Cecilia Trifogli, Riccardo Saccenti, Lesley Smith, Drew Rosato, Magdalena Bieniak, Tiziana Suarez-Nani, and Maarten Hoenen.

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Danson Room

Trinity College

Broad Street

Oxford

OX1 3BH

United Kingdom

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