Philosophisches Jahrbuch digitalized

Some time ago I wrote about the exciting news that one of the oldest Thomistic journals Divus Thomas (Fribourg) had been digitalized. The same holds true for another important journal Philosophisches Jahrbuch. Started in 1899 by the Görres-Gesellschaft, a German learned society, based in the Catholic tradition, it contains numerous important articles for Thomists, although the journal never was Thomistic in a more strict sense of the word.

The 116 volumes (until 2009) contain 62 articles dealing explicitly with St. Thomas and features such illustrious names as Martin Grabmann, Erich Pzrywara, Bernhard Geyer, Franz Pelster, Kurt Koch, Bernhard Lakebrink, Martin Honecker (who rejected Karl Rahner’s Spirit in the World), Horst Seidl and many others.

For those interested in recent Thomism, Albert Mitterer’s 1957 article ‘Formen und Missformen des Thomismus’ is a must. He sharply distinguishes between ‘integral Thomism’ on the one hand and various forms of ‘Pseudo-Thomism’ on the other such as ‘totalitarian Thomism’, ‘ecclectic Thomism’, ‘opportunistic Thomism’, etc.


Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.