XVe Congrès International de la
Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale
La pensée radical au Moyen Âge/Radical Thinking in the Middle Ages
22-26 Août 2022 – Paris – Campus Condorcet
Is there something like a radical thought in the Middle Ages? The many expressions that make use of the idea of radicality in the history of philosophy (l’origine radicale des choses, radical evil, Radical Enlightenment, radical democracy, etc.) raise the question of whether this concept is relevant to the Middle Ages. The aim of the colloquium is to investigate the many ways of using the word and the many ways of resorting to radicality itself. This will allow to set forth the nature and conditions of a medieval radical thought, in all geographical, cultural and religious areas and in all languages (Latin, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew).
Philosophy has periodically pretended to go back to the roots (radices) of things, to reach their foundation or attain their purest form. An example immediately comes to mind: the radical Parisian Aristotelianism of the late thirteenth century. However, the difficulties raised by the labels ascribed to this group of arts masters are well known. In this case at least, radicalism is not so much a sign of excess as a sign of restraint caused by the desire to be as true as possible to a certain doctrine, theory or philosophical option by returning to its source, namely Aristotle, through his Arabic commentators.
Besides the quest for foundations, philosophy may also be radical in its method when it refuses any compromise on its principles or basic concepts, be they new or rediscovered. Radicality then comes out as excess, when, pushing a hypothesis, a method or a reasoning to its limits, one turns out backing extreme positions. Radical thought means being intellectually inflexible on principles, breaking away from tradition, innovating, but also upholding extremism. We may therefore reflect on the reactions it triggers: doctrinal conflicts, religious struggles, or condemnations by religious or academic institutions.
The idea is to revisit the history of medieval philosophy looking for any instantiation of radical thought, taking into account not only metaphysical, epistemological, scientific, but also ethical, political or religious debates. Focus could also be, for a more outward perspective, on the social and cultural conditions of emergence of thinkers and movements considered radical. More generally, then, the question will be historiographical: is this label relevant? Was there a radical Middle Ages as there was what has since been called a Radical Enlightenment?
Le site officiel du congrès est accessible ici.
Le programme officiel est disponible et téléchargeable ici.
Attention, les sessions suivantes, initialement programmées vendredi, se tiendront mercredi, de 17h30 à 19h :
Salle / Room 3.08
Aula 8: Radical Feminism in the Middle Ages
Chair: Catherine König-Pralong
Christian Kaiser: Equality of Women and Men – Traces of a Radical Idea in Medieval Philosophy and Medicine
Ana Rieger Schmidt: Christine de Pizan on Wisdom and Power
David Albertson: Immanence as Exile: Hadewijch as Radical Philosopher of Desire
Salle / Room 3.10
Aula 10: Albert the Great II
Chair: Alessandro Palazzo
Fiorella Magnano: The Role of the Communes animi conceptiones in Boethius and Albert the Great
Mercedes Rubio: Albert the Great’s Radical Understanding of the Active Intellect