Colloque – Altiora te ne quaesieris (Sir. 3, 22). The Medieval Pursuit of Wisdom

The conference Altiora te ne quaesieris (Sir. 3, 22): The Medieval Pursuit of Wisdom aims at discussing various aspects of the medieval search for intellectual and moral perfection. It is open to philosophical and theological considerations related to the concept of wisdom intended in a broad sense, both in its theoretical and practical dimensions. Among the many possible interpretative paths, there is the issue of the cognitive optimism vs the ethical and epistemic limitations of knowledge, the problem of the latent medieval scepticism and of various approaches to the problem of knowability, which is related to the variety of definitions of the scope of the unknown. Another issue concerns the basic motivations of medieval intellectuals, their aims and scientific ambitions, as well as the tension between the condemnation of ignorance, the prohibition of curiosity, and the natural desire for knowledge. Of particular importance is the impact of Aristotle’s theory of science on the medieval views on intellectual research. Furthermore, from a philosophical perspective, wisdom can be considered a matter of inherently and typically human activity; but, when viewed from a theological point of view, scientia and sapientia are gifts beyond the natural human powers. The pursuit of wisdom in the Middle Ages is a provocative issue, open to many other considerations, and it encourages an interdisciplinary debate.

The conference will take place in the historical buildings of the 1000‑year-old Benedictine Abbey near Cracow. It will include five sessions of half-an-hour long papers followed by discussions, a series of short presentations of research projects, a guided tour of the Abbey, and a trip to the historical centre of Cracow.

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Programme :

Day 1 (Sept. 2)
16.00-18.00

Registration : 18.00
Dinner

Day 2 (Sept. 3)

9.30 : Greetings

9.45-10.50 :SESSION 1: WISDOM AND THEOLOGY
chair: Volker Leppin

Manfred Schulze: Wissen, Theologie, Frömmigkeit. Theologische Methodik bei Gregor von Rimini OESA (†1358)
Pascale Bermon: Sapientia in Theological Texts of the 14th Century, with a Focus on Gregory of Rimini
10.50-11.10 : Coffee break

11.10-12.45 : SESSION 1: WISDOM AND THEOLOGY continuation

Sigrid Müller: “From wisdom to arts and science: The understanding of theological ethics in the Later Middle Ages
Elżbieta Jung: Do the Natural Desire for Knowledge and Loving God Above All Make us Happy. Richard Kilvington in a Dispute Over Semi-pelagianism
Alexandra Baneu: Theology as Science and Wisdom in Pelbartus of Themeswar’s Rosarium
12.45-14.30 : Lunch break

14.30-15.30 : SESSION 2: WISDOM AS MYSTICISM AND CONTEMPLATION

Dietmar Mieth: Meister Eckhart über Wissenschaft und Weisheit
Paul Hellmeier: Der Intellekt ist nicht genug. Das proklische „unum in nobis“ bei Berthold von Moosburg
15.30-15.50 : Coffee break

15.50-18.00 : SESSION 2: WISDOM AS MYSTICISM AND CONTEMPLATION continuation

Christian Trottmann: Sapientiam amavi et exquisivi a juventute mea. Les distinctions entre divers niveaux de sagesse chez Denys le Chartreux et Marquard Sprenger
Giovanni Paolo Maggioni: Ex ore altissimi. Pursuit and transmission of sapientia in medieval hagiographic legends and visions.

18.00 : Dinner

Day 3 (Sept. 4)

9.30 : SESSION 3: WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY

Mikołaj Olszewski: Sapientia or sapientiae
Maria Burger: Selbsterkenntnis durch Gotteserkenntnis. Der Imago-Dei-Traktat des Albertus Magnus
10.50-11.10 : Coffee break

11.10-12.45 : SESSION 3: WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY (continuation)

Henryk Anzulewicz: Zum Begriff der Perfectio bei Albertus Magnus
Katja Krause: Envisioning the Usefulness of Science in the Middle Ages
Steven Harvey: Maimonides’ Seeming Disinterest in Phronesis

12.45-14.30 : Lunch break

14.30-16.10 : SESSION 4: SHORT PAPERS

Anne Greule, Lisa-Maria Knothe: Knowledge and temporal felicity in Albert the Great and Alan of Lille (together with L.-M. Knothe)
Agnes Karpinski: Dreams and Divination as Scientific Objects in Commentaries on Aristotle
Łukasz Tomanek: Marsilius of Inghen on limitations of natural knowledge of God
Thanasis Rinotas: …et sapientiam conferre perhibetur: Stones and Wisdom in the Work of Albertus Magnus
Magdalena Bieniak: Langton Project Presentation
16.10-16.30 : Coffee break

16.30-18.00 : IGTM membership annual meeting

18.00 : Dinner

Day 4 (Sept. 5)

9.30-10.50 : SESSION 5: BONAVENTURE ON WISDOM

Andrea Di Maio: At the Crossroads between the Two Biblical Trees. Studiosity vs. Curiosity according to Bonaventure
Agnieszka Kijewska: The Book of the Scripture and the Book of Nature as a Path to Wisdom
Thomas Prügl: A lost inaugural lecture of Saint Bonaventure?
10.50-11.10 : Coffee break

11.10-12.45 : SESSION 5: BONAVENTURE ON WISDOM continuation

Magdalena Płotka: Joyful pursuit of wisdom in St. Bonaventure
Shawn Colberg: Wisdom and Conformity: Reading as Journey in the Theology of Saint Bonaventure
12.45-14.30 : Lunch break

14.30-15.30 : SESSION 6: THOMAS AQUINAS ON WISDOM

Bernhard Blankenhorn: Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles, book III on the desire to see God: A Re-Reading in Light of Henri de Lubac and Lawrence Feingold
Michał Mrozek : The Role of Sapientia in Aquinas’s Moral Considerations of Summa Theologiae
15.30-15.50 : Coffee break

15.50-18.00 : SESSION 7: THE CARTHUSIANS ON WISDOM

Mikhail Khorkov: Controversies on Wisdom in the Erfurt Carthusian Treatises on Mystical Theology from the 15th Century / Kontroversen um die Weisheit in den Abhandlungen zur mystischen Theologie der Erfurter Kartäuser des 15. Jh.
Krijn Pansters: Eremitic Ethics: Wisdom From Behind Walls
Marieke Abram: How Philosophical is Mystical Theology? Denis the Carthusian on ‘scientia’, ‘sapientia’, and ‘contemplatio

18.00 : The reception

Informations pratiques :

2-6 September 2018

The conference will take place in the historical buildings of the 1000‑year-old Benedictine Abbey near Cracow.

It is located very close to Cracow, 10 min ride from the Kraków Balice airport and 20 min ride from the city center.

Source : IGTM 2018

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