Medieval Authors


A. Primary Sources

Ibn Sīnā, K. al-Shifā’, ed. Ibrahim Madkour et al., Cairo 1952-1983.

S. Van Riet, Avicenna Latinus. Edition critique de la traduction latine médiévale, Louvain and Leiden: Brill, 1968ff.

--., al-Qānūn fī ṭ-ṭibb, Cairo: Bulaq 1877; repr. Beirut 1993
M.A. Shah, The General Principles of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine, Karachi 1966. Read a review of Shah's translation

--., O. Cameron Gruner, A Treatise on the Canon of Medicine of Avicenna, New York 1970. Read a review of Gruner's translation through JSTOR (restricted access)

Both translations cover only the first book of the Canon. Shah's is later and unlike Gruner's it includes the section on anatomy. Gruner's is based on the Latin translation circulating in Europe, while Shah's is based principally on the Urdu, supported by the Cairo edition of the Arabic. So for readers interested in the text available to Latin scholastics, the older translation will be more useful.

B. Secondary works on Avicenna

“Avicenna”, by different authors, Encyclopaedia Iranica III, 66-110.

A. Bertolacci, The Reception of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Avienna’s Kitāb al-Shifā’. A Milestone of Western Metaphysical Thought, Leiden: Brill 2006.

L.E. Goodman, Avicenna, London: Routledge 1994.

D. Gutas, Avicenna and the Aristotelian Tradition, Leiden: Brill 1988.

D.N. Hasse, Avicenna’s De anima in the Latin West, London – Turin: The Warburg Institute 2000.

J. Janssens, An Annotated Bibliography on Ibn Sīnā (1970-1989), Leuven: University Press 1991; and First Supplement (1990-1994), Louvain-la-Neuve 1999.

J. Janssens and D. De Smet, eds, The Heritage of Avicenna, Leuven: University Press 2002.

N.G. Siraisi, Avicenna in Renaissance Italy: the Canon and Medical Teaching in Italian Universities after 1500, Princeton 1987.

T. Street, “An Outline of Avicenna’s Syllogistic,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 84 (2002) 129-160.

T. Street, “Arabic Logic,” in Handbook of the History of Logic, Vol. I, D.M. Gabbay and J. Woods, eds (Amsterdam 2004), 523-596.

R.Wisnovsky, Avicenna’s Metaphysics in Context, Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2003.

Peter Abelard

A. Primary Sources

Abelard, Collationes [Coll.], ed. Giovanni Orlandi and trans. John Marenbon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001).

---- Commentaria in Epistolam Pauli ad Romanos [Comm. Rom.] ed. Eligius-Marie Buytaert, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaeualis [CCCM] 11 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1969).

---- Confessio fidei ‘Universis’, ed. Charles S. F. Burnett, “Peter Abelard, Confessio fidei ‘Universis’: A Critical Edition of Abelard’s Reply to Accusations of Heresy,” Mediaeval Studies 48 (1986):111-38.

---- Ethica, Peter Abelard’s Ethics, ed. David E. Luscombe (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969).

---- Historia calamitatum, ed. Jacques Monfrin (Paris: Vrin, 1978) ; trans. Betty Radice, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1974).

---- Opera Omnia, ed. Jacques-Paul Migne, Patrologia Latina 178 (Paris: Garnier, 1885).

---- Sic et Non [SN] ed. Blanche Boyer and Richard McKeon, ed., Peter Abailard, Sic et Non: A Critical Edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976-77).

---- Soliloquium, ed. Charles S. F. Burnett, “Peter Abelard, ‘Soliloquium’. A Critical Edition,” Studi Medievali 3a Ser. 25 (1984), 857-94.

–---- Theologia Christiana [TChr], ed. Eligius-Marie Buytaert, CCCM 12 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1969), 72-372.

---- Theologia “Scholarium” [TSch], ed. Eligius-Marie Buytaert and Constant J. Mews, CCCM 13 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1987), 313-549.

---- Theologia “Summi boni” [TSum], ed. Eligius-Marie Buytaert and Constant J. Mews, CCCM 13 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1987), 85-201.

Bernard of Clairvaux, Omnia Opera, 8 vols (Rome: Editiones Cistercienses, 1953-80).

Mews, Constant J., The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999).

---- “The Council of Sens (1141): Bernard, Abelard and the Fear of Social Upheaval,” Speculum 77.2 (2002), 342-82.

---- “William of Champeaux, Abelard, and Hugh of Saint-Victor: Platonism, Theology, and Scripture in Early Twelfth-Century France” , in Bibel und Exegese in Sankt Viktor zu Paris. Formen und Funktionen eines Grundtextes in europäischem Rahmen, ed. Rainer Berndt (Corpus Victorinum. Instrumenta), Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2007.

Poirel, Dominique, Livre de la nature et débat trinitaire au XIIe siècle: le De tribus diebus de Hugues de Saint-Victor (Turnhout: Brepols, 2002).

Thierry of Chartres, Commentaries on Boethius by Thierry of Chartres and his School, ed. Nikolaus Häring (Toronto: Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 1971).

B. Further Reading

Brower, Jeffrey E. and Kevin Guilfoy (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Abelard (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Clanchy, Michael T., Abelard. A Medieval Life (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997).

Jolivet, Jean, Arts du langage et théologie chez Abélard (Paris : Vrin, 1969).

Luscombe, David E., The School of Peter Abelard (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969).

Marenbon, John, The Philosophy of Peter Abelard (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

---- The Legacy of Abelard (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2001).

---- Reason and Belief in the Age of Roscelin and Abelard (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2002).

---- Abelard and Heloise (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Sweeney, Eileen, Logic, Theology, and Poetry in Boethius, Abelard, and Alan of Lille (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006).