IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 209: Dangerous Doctrines, II: Heresy Trials and the Limits of Learning

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Exzellenzcluster 'Religion und Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Organisers:Matthias Heiduk, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Sita Steckel, Department of History, Harvard University / Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Moderator/Chair:Clare Monagle, Department of History, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 209-aParisian Pantheism or Maurice's Magic?: A Re-Interpretation of the Condemnations of 1210 and 1215
(Language: English)
Thomas Gruber, Merton College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Philosophy, Theology
Paper 209-bIndians, Demons, and The Death of the Soul: Necromancy and Talismanic Magic at the University of Paris in 1277
(Language: English)
Matthias Heiduk, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Philosophy, Science
Paper 209-c'Ruditas et brevitas intellectus illorum': Meister Eckhart against the Inquisition
(Language: English)
Alessandra Beccarisi, Dipartimento di filologia classica & scienze filosofiche, Università del Salento, Lecce
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Philosophy, Theology
Abstract

The double session explores the role of heresy trials and condemnations in intellectual and political conflicts of the Central and Later Middle Ages. Starting hypothesis is that in the 12th to 14th centuries, highly visible heresy condemnations of a political nature, as well as trials of scholars and learned traditions, established fields of negotiation. Both the limits of potentially dangerous doctrine and of political power were constructed and redefined. This second half of a double session concentrates on forbidden books and heresy trials against scholars, specifically on negotiations about the legitimacy of methods and censorship.