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Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Richard Rufus Project

Preparation for online and print publication of the 13th-century philosopher Richard Rufus's In Aristotelis De Anima, completion of a provisional version of Scriptum in Metaphysicam Aristotelis, and transcription of the Sententia Parisiensis and Sententia Oxoniensis. (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. Rufus not only outlined Aristotle's arguments, but also challenged him. In so doing Rufus influenced the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him. His influence can be seen, for example, in Roger Bacon's and Bonaventure's arguments against Aristotle and for a beginning of the universe, in Albertus Magnus' discussion of the problem of universals, in Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and in Duns Scotus' 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' exciting psychology lectures. In 2011, RRP resumed its partnership with the BA; in 2014-2017 RRP will complete its edition of the ca.1500 page lectures on metaphysics Rufus gave before 1238.

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Medieval History; Western Civilization

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$310,060 (approved)
$310,060 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2018