Session Title

Nature and Creation: Reassessing Concepts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies (SPES)

Organizer Name

Sara Ritchey

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette

Presider Name

Willemien Otten

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 1

Peter Abelard's Naturalistic Style

Presenter 1 Name

Babette Hellemans

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Rijksuniv. Groningen

Paper Title 2

Hoc iterum infirmum intellectum scandalizat: Nature in the Service of Pedagogy and Reform in the Writings of Honorius Augustodunensis

Presenter 2 Name

Daniel Yingst

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 3

The Concept of Integumentum in Bernard Silvestris's Cosmographia: A Reevalution of the Interplay between Nature, Creation, Humanity, and Text in Twelfth-Century Poetry

Presenter 3 Name

David Orsbon

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 4

Respondent

Presenter 4 Name

Sarah Powrie

Presenter 4 Affiliation

St. Thomas More College

Start Date

10-5-2014 10:00 AM

Session Location

Valley I Hadley 102

Description

This session examines from a variety of perspectives theological and spiritual discussions about the natural and created world in the twelfth century. While most scholars agree with M.D. Chenu that the social and cultural transformations of the long twelfth century included critical changes in human concepts of nature and the natural, there remains a lack of clarity as to what these changes entailed. Consequently, scholars in medieval studies often appear to be discussing vastly different subjects under the ill-defined category of nature. We seek papers that aim to clarify this nebulous category by exploring premodern definitions and concepts of nature and the created world, as well as distinctions between these two entities. Papers may address key texts, the vocabulary of nature, or continuities and discontinuities among authors such as William of Conches, Hildegard of Bingen, Alain of Lille, Bernard Silvestris, Herrad of Hohenbourg, and others.

Sara M. Ritchey, Willemien Otten

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May 10th, 10:00 AM

Nature and Creation: Reassessing Concepts

Valley I Hadley 102

This session examines from a variety of perspectives theological and spiritual discussions about the natural and created world in the twelfth century. While most scholars agree with M.D. Chenu that the social and cultural transformations of the long twelfth century included critical changes in human concepts of nature and the natural, there remains a lack of clarity as to what these changes entailed. Consequently, scholars in medieval studies often appear to be discussing vastly different subjects under the ill-defined category of nature. We seek papers that aim to clarify this nebulous category by exploring premodern definitions and concepts of nature and the created world, as well as distinctions between these two entities. Papers may address key texts, the vocabulary of nature, or continuities and discontinuities among authors such as William of Conches, Hildegard of Bingen, Alain of Lille, Bernard Silvestris, Herrad of Hohenbourg, and others.

Sara M. Ritchey, Willemien Otten