Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry. Their Function and by Martin Lenz, Isabel Iribarren

By Martin Lenz, Isabel Iribarren

The character and homes of angels occupied a admired position in medieval philosophical inquiry. Creatures of 2 worlds, angels supplied perfect flooring for exploring the character of God and his production, being perceived as 'models' in keeping with which a complete variety of questions have been outlined, from cosmological order, flow and position, to individuation, cognition, volition, and modes of language. This choice of essays is an important scholarly contribution to angelology, focused at the functionality and value of angels in medieval hypothesis and its heritage. The unifying topic is that of the function of angels in philosophical inquiry, the place every one contribution represents a case research within which the angelic version is noticeable to inspire advancements in particular parts and classes of medieval philosophical proposal.

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17 As Prof. Theo Kobusch kindly pointed out to me, it would be more accurate, but less elegant, to speak of a ‘de-neo-platonisation’, since Plato himself has little to do with it. 18 Peter John Olivi, Quaestio de angelicis influentiis, in Bonaventura, Collationes in Hexaemeron et Bonaventuriana quaedam selecta, ed. F. Delorme (Quaracchi: Coll. S. Bonaventura, 1934), pp. 363–412. I am currently preparing a critical edition of the whole commentary in collaboration with Piroska Nagy. V, Urb. lat. MS 480.

86 : ‘Nos autem distinguimus ordines secundum officia, quibus obsequuntur deo. Unde si poneremus aliquos angelos in motu orbium servire Deo, sicut dixit Cancellarius Philippus et Hieronimus ... ’ Philippus Cancellarius, Summa de Bono, ed. N. Wicki (Bern: Francke, 1985), contains the earliest major angelological treatise in the thirteenth century. On the gradual emergence of an interest on angels in the early scholastic period, see Marcia Colish, ‘Early Scholastic Angelology’, Recherches de théologie ancienne et médiévale, 62 (1995): 80–109.

Bonaventurae … Opera omnia (Quaracchi : Collegium S. Bonaventurae, 1891), vol. 5. Also S. Bonaventurae Collationes in Hexameron et Bonaventuriana quaedam selecta, ed. F. Delorme, Bibliotheca Franciscana Scholastica Medii Aevi, 8 (Quaracchi: Collegium S. Bonaventurae, 1934). Cf. -G. Bougerol, ‘Saint Bonaventure et la hiérarchie dionysienne’, Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age, 36 (1969): 131–67. See especially Collationes in Hexaemeron, Visio IV, coll. II, ed. Delorme (spoken version) and Collatio XXI, Opera omnia, vol.

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