The XXII annual Colloquium of the SIEPM, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 28–30 September 2016

Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale
Centrul de Filosofie Antică şi Medievală, UBB Cluj

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Pseudo-Aristotelian Texts in Medieval Thought

The Philosopher, the Master of Those Who Know, was the dominant pagan authority in all four of the main traditions of medieval philosophy, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. Yet we now know that a number of works attributed to Aristotle were in fact spurious, authored by others who claimed to be, or whom others claimed to be, the Stagirite, for example, the Secretum secretorum, the Liber de causis, De mundo, De proprietatibus elementorum, De pomo, and De plantis. These writings had a fascinating impact on medieval thought in various ways, both in the original language, be it Arabic, Greek, or Latin, and in translation. The mechanisms of their production, dissemination, and translation are themselves worthy of attention. Many of these works spawned commentary traditions of their own, parallel to those involving the classic texts of Peripatetic philosophy. Apparent contradictions between ideas expressed in these treatises and those found in what we consider to be authentic works, for instance ideas that appeared to derive more from the Academy than from the Lyceum, provoked questions about authenticity and about the possible evolution of Aristotle’s thought. Finally, these texts were employed in one way or another in many genres of philosophical literature in the Middle Ages, including metaphysics, natural and moral philosophy, theology, and even more exotic disciplines like chiromancy and alchemy. The colloquium aims to shed new light on all aspects of the history of Pseudo-Aristotelian texts in the Middle Ages, and contributions on a broad range of pertinent topics are therefore welcome.

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