Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 68

Eriugena and Creation

Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9-12 November 2011

Willemien Otten, Michael I Allen (eds)

  • Pages: 759 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:6 b/w, 1 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55175-3
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Willemien Otten and Michael I. Allen are medieval colleagues at the University of Chicago, teaching respectively in the Divinity School and the Classics Department. They share a passion for Carolingian thought.


Unjustly ignored as a result of a thirteenth-century condemnation, the thought of Johannes Scottus Eriugena (ca. 810-877) has only been subject to critical study in the twentieth century. Now, with the completion of the critical edition of Eriugena's masterwork – the Periphyseon – the time has come to explore what is arguably the most intriguing and vital theme in his work: creation and nature.

In honor of Edouard Jeauneau – Institute Professor at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto and Honorary Research Director at the C.N.R.S. in Paris – to whom the field of Eriugenian studies is enormously indebted, this volume seeks to undertake a serious examination of the centrality of Eriugena's thought within the Carolingian context, taking into account his Irish heritage, his absorption of Greek thought and his place in Carolingian culture; of Eriugena as a medieval thinker, both his intellectual influences and his impact on later medieval thinkers; and of Eriugena's reception by modern philosophy, from considerations of philosophical idealism to technology.