In this seminar, historian of medieval theology Mark Clark and scholar of medieval philosophy Timothy Noone will offer an intensive survey of theological and philosophical debates about the natural knowledge of God in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Participants will read and discuss the writings of Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert the Great, and Thomas Aquinas as well as modern philosophical engagement with these questions.
Mark J. Clark is Associate Professor of Church History, Historical & Systematic Theology, and Spirituality at the Catholic University of America. He holds a PhD in Medieval History from Columbia University, a J.D. from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida. Dr. Clark works on the formation of the scholastic tradition, biblical as well as theological, from 1150 to 1350. He is currently publishing extensively on Peter Lombard, Peter Comestor, and Stephen Langton and is working together with Alexander Andrée of the Centre for Medieval Studies at The University of Toronto to sort out what happened to the biblical Gloss at Paris during the second half of the twelfth century. He is also editing, together with Professor Tim Noone of the School of Philosophy and Professor Joshua Benson of STRS, the early thirteenth-century sources, both Franciscan and Dominican, for Saints Bonaventure and Aquinas.
Timothy B. Noone is Ordinary Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is also Co-Director of the Scotus Project and President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and the M.S.L. from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. He is the author of numerous book chapters and articles on medieval philosophy including Of Angels and Men: Sketches from High Medieval Epistemology (The Etienne Gilson Series 34) and has coedited numerous works in the theOpera Philosophica of Duns Scotus (St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute) and has also coedited A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages (Oxford, 2003).