IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 310: The Cardinal Virtues in Medieval Theology

Monday 12 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:NWO-Netherlands
Organisers:Jasmijn Bovendeert, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Dirk-Jan Dekker, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Change of affiliation
Paper 310-aBede's Use of the Cardinal Virtues
(Language: English)
Jasmijn Bovendeert, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Theology
Paper 310-bThe Cardinal Virtues in Sentences Commentaries
(Language: English)
Dirk-Jan Dekker, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 310-cThe Cardinal Virtues in 15th-Century Sermons
(Language: English)
Michael Hohlstein, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Abstract

The four cardinal virtues – ‘iustitia’, ‘prudentia’, ‘fortitudo’, ‘temperantia’ – are encountered frequently and in many different contexts in the medieval world. Because the cardinal virtues have a pre-Christian origin, their occurrence in typically Christian genres as biblical exegesis, Sentences commentaries and sermons is as remarkable as it is problematic. A concept so firmly rooted in the classical world had to be adapted to the needs of Christian theology. This session aims at exploring the use and strategies of adaption of the cardinal virtues in different, mainly theological, contexts.