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The Text Editing Group

Directed by S. Ebbesen

Medieval Aristotelianism has left a vast amount of commentaries on Aristotle’s works, in particular in Latin Western Europe. Such commentaries are both interpretations of Aristotle’s thought and philosophical documents in their own right. For the proposed project it is important to have a solid textual base, including not only the rather few commentaries already available in print but also such as exist only in manuscript form. We shall need, in particular, commentaries on (1) De Memoria, (2) De Sensu, (3) De Insomniis, (4) De Anima, (5) Categories, (6) Posterior Analytics, (7) De interpretatione and (8) Ethics. Notably in the case of (1–3) it is not easy to draw up even an elementary list of existing commentaries. It is known that there are unedited commentaries by such major philosophers as John Buridan and Marsilius of Inghen (both 14th c.), and we are at present aware of eight anonymous ones, but there are sure to be several more of which we are not at present cognizant. Only a systematic search of catalogues and libraries can reveal how many.

The project foresees an initial phase in which commentaries on (1–3), which form part of the Parva Naturalia, are thoroughly catalogued, while some attention is also paid to (4–8). Much of the work can be done on the basis of library catalogues and similar resources, but inspection of manuscripts on site will also be needed. Then photographs of the texts must be acquired and, if not already in electronic form, be scanned.

Once we have a good survey of the material, a choice can be made as to which works to edit, either in their totality or in abstracts, while the whole material remains available to consultation in the process of interpreting the philosophical development. The team will comprise four scholars with expertise in the edition of Latin philosophical texts (Thörnqvist, Hansen, Mora-Márquez, Ebbesen), and two with expertise in the edition of Greek texts (Bydén, Ebbesen). In addition to leading the group, Ebbesen will publish a descriptive catalogue of 13th- and 14th-century Latin commentaries on De sensu, De memoria and De insomniis, in collaboration with Thörnqvist, and contribute to the joint volumes and to the joint editions produced within the programme.

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