Alan of Lille: The Frontiers of Theology in the Later by G. R. Evans

By G. R. Evans

Alan of Lille used to be a amazing determine within the moment 1/2 the 12th century as a theologian and as a poet and he has appeared as wealthy and person a author to trendy students as he did to his personal contemporaries. This examine examines his paintings as an entire, in an try to set his famous literary success within the context of his theological writings. He used to be in lots of methods a pioneer, an experimenter with numerous of the recent genres of his day, an innovator either as a instructor and as an writer. He was once now not an unique philosopher loads as an eclectic, drawing on a variety of the assets on hand to his contemporaries. He indicates us what will be performed via a lively-minded pupil with the assets of the day, in the faculties of past due twelfth-century France, to carry theology alive and make it attention-grabbing and not easy to his readers.

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Ni Quaestiones (a) Quaestiones Alani Textes, pp. 55-9. B. ), The Prose Salernitan Questions (Oxford, 1979), pp. 275-324. On the authorship of this work and other such collections of 'natural questions', see B. Lawn, The Salernitan Questions: an Introduction to the History of Mediaeval and Renaissance Problem Literature (Oxford, 1963). B 'THEOLOGIA SPECULATIVA', SPECULATIVELY CONSIDERED 1 Expedimenta (a) The Summa Quoniam Homines Probably belongs to the early period of Alan's teaching at Paris; Glorieux dates it about 1160.

We might sum up his position like this: figurative usages have all sorts of purposes 30 Handmaids of Theology etiarn in naturalibus, even in speaking of things in the created world, as Alan himself acknowledges. In sermo theologicus, however, he holds that ordinary proper usage is impossible, and every word is subject in some measure to a translation But that, paradoxically, gives it a higher propriety. In Rule 26 of the Regulae Theologicae Alan points out that translatio has a further peculiarity in divinis.

Sermon 'De S. Petro\ ed. L. Hodl, Zeitschrift fiir kathol. Theologie, LXXX (1958). 'Sermo de sphera intelligibili\ Textesy pp. 297-306. 'Un sermon d'Alain de Lille sur la misere de l'homme', ed. M. T. d'Alverny, The Classical Tradition: Essays presented to H. Caplan (Ithaca, 1966). 'Variations sur un theme de Virgile dans un sermon d'Alain de Lille', ed. M. T. d'Alverny, Melanges d'archeologie et d'histoire offerts d Andre Piganiol, ed. R. Chevallier (Paris, 1966), pp. 1517-28. 2 Peter was most impressed, however, by the way in which Gilbert kept to the point: 'he ran backwards and forwards from his starting-point to the same starting-point'.

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