IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 306: Law, Thought, and Action between East and West, III: Western Philosophy at Christendom's Eastern Borders

Monday 9 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Romanian Academy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Organiser:Alexandru Simon, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Cluj-Napoca
Moderator/Chair:Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 306-a'Law and Order': Meister Eckhart's Challenge to the Medieval Philosophical Order
(Language: English)
Daniel Fărcaş, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy / Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Law, Philosophy, Political Thought
Paper 306-bCommon Law of Prayer and Medieval Epistemology: St Thomas Aquinas's Case
(Language: English)
Alexander Baumgarten, Catedra de Istoria Filosofiei Antice şi Medievale, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Law, Philosophy, Political Thought
Paper 306-cMarsilius of Padua and the Question of Civil Liberty
(Language: English)
Mihai Maga, Center for Transylvanian Studies, Romanian Academy / Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Law, Philosophy, Political Thought
Abstract

‘East’ and ‘West’ met under various forms throughout the Middle Ages. Few encounters however were as complex as those at Christendom’s terrestrial and maritime eastern and south-eastern borders. They ‘lawfully’ engulfed the antique heritage and the ‘medieval novelties’ and were seldom single-directed, whether on a philosophical or on an administrative level. On the basis of case studies, the papers emphasize matters of individuality, as well as general features in a contact area crossed by various channels of communication, including crusading. The presentations also reveal the, at times, neglected structural impact of Byzantium on its contemporaries, admirers and adversaries.