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Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Richard Rufus Project

Preparation for print and online publication of 13th-century philosopher Richard Rufus’ In Aristotelis De Anima, Scriptum in Metaphysicam Aristotelis, and Oxford Lectures. (36 months)

Richard Rufus introduced the teaching of Aristotle's metaphysics & natural philosophy at Paris, the heart of the 13th-century western intellectual world. Rufus analyzed & challenged Aristotle's arguments, and thereby influenced the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him. We see his influence in Roger Bacon's arguments against Aristotle and for a beginning of the world, in Albertus Magnus' discussion of universals, in Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and in Duns Scotus' formal distinction and his theory of individuation.  After they were lost for 600 years, the British Academy (BA) published Rufus' Physics lectures in 2003. In 2006, the Richard Rufus Project (RRP) began publishing critical editions online, starting with Rufus' psychology lectures. In 2011, RRP resumed publishing with the BA. In 2016 RRP submitted Rufus' psychology lectures to the BA. In 2017-20 RRP will submit its 2 volume edition of Rufus Metaphysics lectures to BA and begin work on his Oxford Lectures.

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Medieval History

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$330,000 (approved)
$330,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020