The Powers of the Soul in Medieval Franciscan Thought

Conference: The Powers of the Soul in Medieval (Franciscan) Thought (London, 27-28 May 2022) 

ERC Project, ‘Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought’

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Friday 27 May

3:00 Arrivals, tea, coffee, pastries

3:15 Welcome with ERC Team members Lydia Schumacher & Riccardo Saccenti and Linda Woodhead, Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London

3:45 Krijn Pansters (Tilburg University, Franciscan Study Centre): The Powers of the Soul in David of Augsburg’s De exterioris et interioris hominis compositione

[Paper will be delivered on Zoom]

4:30 Coffee, tea, biscuits

5:00 Rega Wood (Professor of Philosophy emerita, Stanford University) and Calvin Normore (Professor of Philosophy, UCLA): Turning Metaphysics into Logic: Richard Rufus on Self-Reference

[Paper will be delivered on Zoom]

6:00 Drinks reception (weather permitting, outdoors)

6:30 Dinner buffet

Saturday 28 May

9:00 Arrivals and welcome

9:15 Marcia Colish (Visiting Fellow in History, Yale University): Stoic Ethics à la mode: Seneca in Roger Bacon’s Moralis philosophia

10:00 Jordan Lavender (PhD, Notre Dame): Some Fourteenth-Century Franciscans on the Immateriality of Sensation: Chatton, Wodeham, and Ripa on the View that Powers of Sensation are Not Really Distinct from the Intellectual Soul

10:45 Tea, coffee break

11:15 Nena Bobnovik (PhD, Leuven University): Ockham’s ‘Flying Soul’: The Identity Theory Between the Arabic and Latin Traditions

12:00 Filipe da Silva (Professor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki): Powers of the Soul in Late Franciscan Thought.

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Robert Pasnau (Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder): The Search for Liberum arbitrium

2:45 Martin Pickavé (Professor in Medieval Philosophy, University of Toronto): The Will in Early Franciscan Thought

3:30 Tea and coffee break

4:00 Richard Cross (Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame): Compatibilism in Scotus and the Scotist Tradition

[Paper will be delivered on Zoom]

4:45 Zita Toth (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leuven University): Angelic Mental Acts and Universal Hylomorphism in Some Early 14th Century Franciscans

5:30 Rik Van Nieuwenhove (Associate Professor of Medieval Thought, Durham University): Herp [Harphius] and Benet of Canfield in dialogue with Jan van Ruusbroec on the powers of the soul and spiritual union

6:15 Drinks reception