Albert the Great on the Human Being

An Inter-disciplinary Colloquium

Imago Dei, Epistemology, Man as a social animal, Virtue and humand finality, Contemplation and beatitude

 April 28-29, 2023

 University of Fribourg, Miséricorde 03, room 3115   (Access plan)

 No registration needed

  • Information

    April 28-29, 2023

    University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Miséricorde 03, room 3115

    Interventions in English, French and Italian, papers available in English

    Principal Organizer
    Bernhard Blankenhorn, Institut d'études dominicaines (IED), Theology Faculty (University of Fribourg)

    Katja Krause
    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin)

    The Thomistic Institute, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome)
    Swiss National Science Foundation

    No registration needed.

  • Programme

    Friday, April 28

    9,00 Welcome Addresses

    Session 1: Imago Dei
    9,15 Isabelle Moulin: Le vestige comme l’“autre” image chez Albert le Grand
    9,45 Sebastien Milazzo: L’imago Dei dans le traité De angelorum creatione
    10,15 Discussion

    10,45 Break

    Session 2: The Limits of Nature
    11,00 Fabio de Gregorio: Albert the Great’s Physics of the Human Soul in Judah Romano’s Commentary on Genesis 1,1-2,4 (1330)
    11,30 Amos Bertolacci: Strategies of Human Divinization: Avicenna and Albert the Great
    12,00 Discussion

    12,30 Lunch

    Session 3: Platonic Themes
    15,00 Alessandra Beccarisi: Neoplatonic Theories in Albert the Great’s Gospel of Matthew
    15,30 Dominic Dold: Albert the Great on Meno’s Paradox
    16,00 Discussion

    16,30 Break

    Session 4: Epistemology
    16,45 Paul D. Hellmeier: Of Bats and Eagles. What they See and what they Do Not See: Two Key Metaphors for Human Knowledge in Albertus Magnus
    17,15 Thérèse Scarpelli Cory: The Self-knowing Soul in Albert the Great
    17,45 Discussion

    18,30 End of Day 1

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    Saturday, April 29

    Session 5: Empirical Knowledge
    9,00 Katja Krause: Albert and Scientific Experience
    9,30 Paloma Hernández Rubio: Grasping the Naked Individual: Albert the Great on Common Sensation in De homine
    10,00 Discussion

    10,30 Break

    Session 6: The Social Animal
    11,00 Hans-Joachim Schmidt: Social Cohesion and the Defense of Private Life
    11,30 Bernhard Blankenhorn: L’homme en tant qu'être social et ecclésial selon Albert le Grand
    12,00 Discussion

    12,30 Lunch

    Session 7: Virtue and Perfection
    14,45 Tobias Hoffmann: Albert the Great’s Early Account of Prudence
    15,15 Tracy Wietecha: Becoming a Moral Subject: civilitas in Albert the Great’s Ethical Commentaries
    15,45 Discussion

    16,15 Break

    Session 8: God and Human Knowledge
    16,30 Franklin Harkins: Divine Providence and Human Knowledge in Albert’s Super Iob
    17,00 Meghan Duke: God’s Infinitude in Albert’s Thought on the Beatific Vision
    17,30 Discussion
    18,00 Concluding Remarks and Discussion of Future Steps

    18,30 End of the Colloquium

  • Speakers

    Alessandra Beccarisi, Università degli Studi di Foggia, Italie
    Amos Bertolacci, Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca, Italie
    Bernhard Blankenhorn, op, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    Thérèse Scarpelli Cory, University of Notre Dame, USA
    Dominic Dold, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
    Meghan Duke, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
    Fabio de Gregorio, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
    Franklin Harkins, Boston College
    Paul D. Hellmeier, op, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
    Paloma Hernández Rubio, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexique
    Tobias Hoffmann, Sorbonne, Paris
    Katja Krause, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
    Sebastien Milazzo, University of Strasbourg, France
    Isabelle Moulin, University of Strasbourg, France
    Hans-Joachim Schmidt, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    Tracy Wietecha, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin