Title: Wenn ein 'weiser Meister' ein Heiliger wird: Die Figur des Thomas von Aquin und das Lehren und Studieren im 14. Jahrhundert
Authors: Robiglio, Andrea
Series Editors: Speer, Andreas
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter
Series Title: Miscellanea Medievalia vol:39
Host Document: Schüler und Meister pages:243-254
Abstract: The view that Thomas Aquinas had been seen by his contemporaries as a saint already during his life and immediately after his death, despite being a commonplace in literature, does not seem attested by the sources. This note, being grounded on previous research, makes such a point and, in doing so, it also suggests a distinct historical perspective to better evaluate the impact of Thomas as a theological authority. The revised appreciation of the pre-canonization testimonies (and of their textual transmission) implies a nuanced understanding of Aquinas’s reputation before and after 1323. The image of Aquinas before his canonization is not that of a ‘saint’ but rather that of a ‘wise master’: it is a distinctively magisterial reputation. Such a recognition, furthermore, may have had consequences concerning the evolution of the image of Thomas as a magister or doctor. Giordano da Pisa’s ‘Sermons’ read against the oldest biography of Thomas by Bartholomew of Capua (contained in the minutes of the canonization inquiry, 1319) are succinctly presented and analyzed as paradigmatic source
ISBN: 978-3-11-046146-6
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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