Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry (Ashgate Studies in by Isabel Iribarren, Martin Lenz

By Isabel Iribarren, Martin Lenz

The character and houses of angels occupied a widespread position in medieval philosophical inquiry. Creatures of 2 worlds, angels supplied excellent flooring for exploring the character of God and his construction, being perceived as 'models' in accordance with which a complete diversity of questions have been outlined, from cosmological order, circulation, and position, to individuation, cognition, volition, and modes of language.This number of essays is an important scholarly contribution to angelology, focused at the functionality and value of angels in medieval hypothesis and its background. The unifying subject is that of the position of angels in philosophical inquiry, the place each one contribution represents a case research during which the angelic version is visible to inspire advancements in particular components and sessions of medieval philosophical idea.

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28 Like John the Evangelist, he had been educated in Greek 23 Peter John Olivi, Quaestiones in secundum librum Sententiarum, ed. Bernhard Jansen (Quaracchi: Coll. S. Bonaventura, 1922–26), 3 vols, (henceforth, Summa), vol. 1, q. 36, pp. 641–2. 24 LSHA, fol. ’ 25 Summa, vol. 1, q. 34, p. ’ 26 Summa, vol. 2, q. 57, pp. ’ 27 LSHA, fol. ’ 28 LSHA, fol. 143ra, cap. 29 Yet, after his conversion in Athens, he put this knowledge to use for a totally different purpose. In this light, an attempt to read into this theological text a philosophical inquiry on the nature of celestial beings would amount to a total misunderstanding of this work.

One is reminded of a favourite motif in the art of the period which is the struggle between an angel and a demon for the soul of a person on the point of death. One’s attention is also particularly caught by Alan’s association of the Archangels and Angels with teachers and preachers, and of the anti-Archangels and the anti-Angels with the promotion of heresy, for Alan was himself a teacher and preacher who preached against the Cathars in the south of France and also wrote an Ars praedicandi. 1223 onwards embracing knowledge of the Trinity, the universe of spirits and of mankind, of planets, stars and the elements, as well as of the realms of faith, law, 10 See B.

Vrin, 1965), pp. 229–35. ‘La Summa “Quoniam homines” d’Allain de Lille’, ed. Glorieux, Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age, 20 (1953), pp. 283–5. Expositio Prosae de angelis, ed. -T. d’Alverny, Alain de Lille, pp. 206–10. ‘Sermo in die sancti Michaelis’, in Textes inédits. Alain de Lille, ed. -Th. D’Alverny (Paris: J. Vrin, 1965), pp. 249–51. 373-442, ed. R. Bossuat, Textes philosophiques du Moyen Age, 1 (Paris: J. Vrin, 1955), pp. 135–6. to the purified orders. In a rather misty way he makes reference to actual social classes, professions and occupations in this world, in the church and in the state.

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