This volume offers the first comprehensive introduction in
English to the study of the philosopher and theologian Raimundus
Lullus (c. 1232-1316).
From the 1270s onwards Lullus worked on his Art: a
philosophico-theological system which takes the basic concepts of
the three monotheistic religions of its time and discusses them by
means of rational discourse in order to convince Muslims (and Jews)
of the truth of the Christian articles of faith. Revising his Art
and extending it across all fields of human knowledge, Lullus
created a universal science that strongly influenced thinkers such
as Nicholas of Cusa and Leibniz. He produced some 280 works in both
Catalan and Latin, the Latin Opera currently being edited
in the Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis
The present Introduction provides a key to Lullus’
prolific philosophical and theological output. It is divided into
three sections: Lullus' life, his works and his thought, i.e. the
Ars. The first section offers a survey of
Lullus’ eventful life (his conversion, illumination, travels,
etc.) and presents the historical context for his intellectual
projects. The second section offers a full catalogue of all his
works, together with a short summary of each of them, an
appreciation of their importance and basic bibliographical
information concerning editions and further literature. The third
section gives an explanation of Lullus’ Art, its mechanisms
and its philosophical implications; it also shows how his thought
manifested itself in the different realms of knowledge: natural,
human and divine.
The book is the result of a joint effort by international
scholars specialising in Lullus, who have been working on this
Introduction since 2003, namely, Óscar de la Cruz, Fernando
Domínguez, Jordi Gayà, Robert D. Hughes, Marta M.
Romano and the editors.
"Der Band von Fidora und Rubio soll die Grundlagen der Llull-Forschung vorstellen und dabei die nunmehr ein halbes Jahrhundert alte Arbeit von E. Platzeck als Referenzwerk ablösen." (Roger Friedlein, in: Zeitschrift für Katalanistik, 26 (2013), p. 351-356)