From Learning to Love: Schools, Pastoral Care and Canon Law in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering
Editors: Tristan Sharp with Isabelle Cochelin, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Abigail Firey, and Giulio Silano
Contributing author: R. James Long
R. James Long is a contributing author, "The Plurality of Platonic Forms and Trinitarian Simplicity: A Conundrum and its Resolution by the Early Oxford Masters."
Book description: The essays in this volume show how the teaching of law and theology in the medieval schools was part of a pastoral project to foster a just Christian society and to lead souls to contemplation of God. With subjects ranging from scholastic debates about divine simplicity to disputes between parishioners over their reputations, these studies take us across Europe, from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, although the heart of the volume covers England and northern France in the decades around 1200. The collection reveals a culture with many threads of mutual influence connecting the learning of the schools, the administration of the Church, the perspectives of professionals in law and theology, and the stories, practices, and devotion of the laity. The first section of the volume considers medieval masters and examines both their subjects of intellectual inquiry and their pedagogical methods, as reflected in the particular textual and manuscript practices developed in the schools. The second section considers how clerics applied learning acquired in the schools in their roles as pastors, judges, and administrators. The final section gathers essays on those aspects of religious culture manifested in popular piety, liturgy, and hagiography. Diverse in methods and scope, these essays nevertheless share a common aim: to honour the remarkable scholarly achievement of Joseph Ward Goering. Although best known for his work on scholastic theology and pastoralia, his interests have ranged from hagiography to visual culture, and this volume reflects the interdisciplinary breadth and coherence of his work. This book presents original studies from many fields, including history, law, language and literature, theology, philosophy, and musicology, along with some editions of hitherto unpublished texts, as a tribute to Joe’s role as a beloved mentor to medievalists from many disciplines.
Long, R. James. “The Plurality of Platonic Forms and Trinitarian Simplicity: A Conundrum and its Resolution by the Early Oxford Masters,” From Learning to Love: Schools, Pastoral Care and Canon Law in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering, ed. Tristan Sharp in collaboration with Isabelle Cochelin, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Abigail Firey and Giulio Silano (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2017), 172-216.
Sharp, Tristan; Cochelin, Isabelle; Dinkova-Bruun, Greti; Firey, Abigail; Silano, Giulio; and Long, R. James, "From Learning to Love: Schools, Pastoral Care and Canon Law in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering" (2017). Philosophy Faculty Book Gallery. 40.