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RQ-271143-20

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Richard Rufus Project (RRP)

Preparation for print and online publication of a commentary on Aristotle’s metaphysics, redaction of Averroes’ Metaphysics, and the Oxford lectures of Richard Rufus of Cornwall, an early Scholastic philosopher-theologian (ca. 1200-1260). (36 months)

Richard Rufus introduced the teaching of Aristotle's Metaphysics and natural philosophy at Paris, the heart of the 13th-c. western intellectual world. At Oxford Rufus was the first bachelor to lecture on Lombard's Sentences. His very early lectures analyzed & challenged Aristotle's and Lombard's views. He thereby influenced the views of the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him, such as Roger Bacon's arguments for a beginning of the world, Albertus Magnus' discussion of universals, Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and Duns Scotus' formal distinction and his theory of haecceity. After they were lost for 600 years, the British Academy (BA) began publishing our editions of Rufus' works, most recently his psychology lectures in 2018. In 2006, the Richard Rufus project (RRP) began publishing critical editions online. In 2020-23 RRP will submit vol. 2 of Rufus' Metaphysics lectures and vol. 1 of his Oxford lectures to the BA and publish online a newly discovered redaction of Averroes' Metaphysics in Latin. 

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Medieval History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023