The editors of this volume have collected a large number of texts, most of them previously available only in manuscript, of a wide range of scholastic views on the problem of the eternity of the world.These selections range from William of Durham in the 1220s to John of Jandun in 1315. They illustrate the continuity of medieval discussions of this crucial topic and present the major arguments on all sides of the question. Several of the authors are anonymous, and many of those whose names are known have been little studied.The notes not only identify the fontes but also, through extensive cross references, show the obligations of these authors to each other. Indices of authorities, names, and biblical citations enhance the book's usefulness for the scholar of medieval thought.
About the Author
Richard C. Dales, Ph.D., University of Colorado 1955, has taught at Lewis and Clark College, University of California, Santa Barbara, and since 1964 the University of Southern California, where he has served as Chairman of the Department of History (1969-1972) and Acting Chairman Department of Classics (1975-1976). Publications: editor of a number of works of Robert Grosseteste - Commentary on the Physics; Hexgemeron (with Servus Gieben); De cessatione legalium and De decem mandalis (both with E.B. King), and Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, as well as Marius, On the Elements and a number of shorter works. He is also author of The Achievement of Medieval Science and The Intellectual Life of Western Europe in the Middle Ages.