Albert the Great news: Alberti magni e-corpus

Students of Albert the Great now have an on-line resource this is analogous to the enviable of Enrique Alarcon; Bruno Tremblay in Canada has sponsored an on-line presence for the writings of St. Albert the Great, using PDF files of the Bourgnet edition from the 1800's. The site is called "Alberti Magni e-corpus" (link). All the texts are PD (public domain) at this point, and can be downloaded. And while these texts do not have the critical standing of the Cologne critical edition, they are nonetheless a solid starting place for researching the saint's teaching. Here's some scraping from ALBERTI MAGNI E-CORPUS site:

Albert the Great (ca. 1200 – 1280) is one of the most important medieval philosophers and theologians, yet his thought remains as a whole relatively understudied. This can be explained by a variety of philosophical and historical reasons, but purely « material » factors are also at play. There is indeed no truly complete edition of his works, and the age and the rarity of the most complete one (Opera omnia, ed. A. Borgnet, 1890-1899) render it hard to access for many scholars. The new critical edition (sometimes called Editio Coloniensis), begun in 1951 and very competently led by the Albertus-Magnus-Institut of Bonn, offers a much more reliable text but will not be completed before many more decades and its high cost means that not all university libraries — including in North America and in Western Europe — can afford a subscription to it. In addition, the impressive number of Albert's works, as well as the huge size of many of them, lead one quickly to dream of the day when the critical edition will be completed and made available electronically. (One can also dream, perhaps unrealistically, that the equivalent of the Corpus Thomisticum will one day exist for Albert the Great, thus enabling anyone with access to the internet to consult the best available editions of his works for free.)

While waiting for this providential day to come, scholars can use the present website in order to :

1) download image files (.pdf) of all of Albert's works which can be found in the Borgnet edition, as well as a few other writings which have been edited individually and which, like the Borgnet edition, are too old to be covered by copyright law;
2) browse more than twenty of those works on line;
3) consult those same works, this time using a search engine endowed with boolean operators.

This site will be updated at irregular intervals, both to fix the inevitable problems occurring in this first version and to add new texts to those that can be electronically searched. A first update is planned for Spring 2009

If you choose to download some of the PDF's, note that some of them are mondo-big; the PDF for Albert's In I Sententiarum is 146 Mb in size.

Thanks, Bruno, for such a wonderful resource!


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).