Book Series Mediaeval Sources in Translation, vol. 55

William of Auvergne

William of Auvergne, On Morals

  • Pages: 250 p.
  • Size:150 x 230 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-305-2
  • Paperback
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Roland J. Teske, SJ, is the Donald J. Schuenke Chair Emeritus in Philosophy at Marquette University.


William of Auvergne, bishop of Paris from 1228 to his death in 1249, was not only one of the most prolific writers in philosophy and theology of the first half of the thirteenth century but also one of the first to use the new translations of Greek and Islamic thought that poured into the Latin West in that century. On Morals, the second part of William’s treatise On the Virtues and the Vices, forms one component of his vast The Teaching on God in the Mode of Wisdom. In On Morals he extols the value of the nine virtues – faith, fear, hope, charity, piety, zeal, poverty, humility, and patience – in a sophisticated narrative where each of the virtues speaks for itself, explaining its importance.