Current Research

A catalogue of ongoing research having to do with Peter Auriol.

If you are working on some aspect of Auriol’s thought, please send a description of your project to Russell L. Friedman.

For secondary literature on Auriol, see the Bibliography in progress at this site. For the most recent publications, compare the UPDATES section with the bibliography.

Martin Bauer (Stuttgart):is working on a critical edition of Auriol’s only purely philosophical work, De principiis naturae.

Charles Bolyard (James Madison University):is currently working on Auriol’s theory of truth as part of a larger study of skepticism in the later Middle Ages.

David Burr (Virginia Tech): is in the process of writing a book “that deals with medieval exegesis of the Apocalypse” and that he describes in the following terms: “It’s essentially a book that provides general comments about a series of exegetes and translates key passages from each.” Burr plans to include Auriol in the book.

Thomas Dewender (Bonn):is studying the role of the imagination in Auriol’s philosophical psychology, based in part on an edition of sections of Auriol’s II Sentences, d. 11.

William Duba (Nijmegen):is continuing his work on Auriol’s theory of matter, of hylomorphism, and of the nature of the rational soul. He is revising for publication his dissertation on the beatific vision (“Seeing God: Theology and Politics in the Fourteenth Century”, University of Iowa, 2006) which will feature Auriol’s ideas prominently.

Russell L. Friedman (Leuven):continues his research into Auriol’s trinitarian thought, as well as into Auriol’s theory of intellectual cognition (which will end up in a book on Peter Auriol on Concepts).

Tobias Hoffmann (Catholic University of America):plans to complete in the near future an edition of In Sent. II, distinctions 4 and 25, on liberum arbitrium in angels and in human beings.

Theo Kobusch (Bonn):is working on a book about the philosophy and theology of Auriol, Hervaeus Natalis, and Durand of St. Pourçain.

Lukáš Lička (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic):is preparing his PhD dissertation on John Peter Olivi and Peter Auriol (“Sensory Cognition and Activity of the Senses according to Peter Olivi and Peter Auriol”).

Lauge O. Nielsen (Copenhagen):is continuing work on “Peter Auriol and his contemporaries” and is preparing critical editions of questions from Auriol’s Quodlibet.

Martin Pickavé (University of Toronto):is preparing a series of articles on Auriol’s philosophical teaching. They deal with Auriol’s moral psychology, his understanding of human freedom, his use of the so-called “argument from illusion”, and his understanding of the nature of thought.

Chris Schabel (Nicosia, Cyprus):Continues work on Auriol, his thought and works, and their context. He has published several major articles recently on scholars who reacted to Auriol (e.g. Gerard Odo, Landulph Caracciolo).

Tiziana Suarez-Nani (Fribourg, Switzerland):is working on Angelic Cognition in Peter Auriol (L’innato e l’acquisito: Pietro Aureolo e la conoscenza degli angeli).

Nancy L. Turner (University of Wisconsin-Platteville):is now working on a critical edition of Book 2, d. 43, q.1,a.1 of Auriol’s Sentences commentary, which is the “location of Auriol’s most original and idiosyncratic pronouncement about what he sees as the first-century Jews’ motivations for bringing about Christ’s death. His pronouncements are embedded in a larger discussion on sins against the Holy Spirit.”

Florian Wöller (Basel):is working on the accounts of science and theology in Peter Auriol, as well as on Auriol’s biblical hermeneutics.