Theology as a Scientific Discipline in the Middle Ages: Stories of Failure and Success – Københavns Universitet

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Theology as a Scientific Discipline in the Middle Ages: Stories of Failure and Success

Gæsteforelæsning ved dr. theol Florian Wöller fra Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

The lecture will cover failing and successful attempts of dealing scientifically with the subject of theology from the twelfth up to the fourteenth century. After presenting the attempts by Peter Abelard, Peter Lombard, and Nicholas of Amiens, I will focus on Albert the Great as the inventor of a theological scientia. From this focal point in the thirteenth century onwards, I will outline subsequent developments as a diversification of theories of theology. I will conclude that the fourteenth century emergence of a methodology proper to theology entailed the loss of this discipline’s strictly scientific character.

Florian Wöller er kirkehistoriker med speciale i middelalder og oldkirke fra Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, dr. theol. på en afhandling med titlen “Theologie und Wissenschaft bei Petrus Aureoli. Ein scholastischer Entwurf aus dem frühen 14. Jahrhundert“, Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, Bd. 117. Leiden: Brill, 2015.