Free access to the first 43 years of the Revue thomiste

There are a lot of good things that you can access for free at Gallica, a digital text archive of the Bibliothèque National de France. Two years ago I reported that the first 14 volumes of the Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Âge are available there.

A month or so ago I discovered that you can also access all of the volumes of the Revue thomiste from 1893 to 1936 at Gallica. This is incredibly useful. Go here for the complete listing of the available volumes.

While you're there, you might want to spend a little time exploring the rest of Gallica to see what other treasures it yields.

UPDATE: I just realized that there are some gaps in the Revue thomiste volumes at Gallica. Three of those gaps (1915, 1916, 1917) I assume are due to suspension of publication during a part of World War I. I don't know what the explanation is for the other two gaps (1920, 1926). I had originally put "first 39 years" in the title of this post. 39 is the actual number of years that Gallica has volumes for between 1893 and 1936. 43 is simply the number of years between 1893 and 1936. I've decided to go with 43 but with the qualification about the gaps that I mention in this update.

Thomism Conference by Dominican Friars Postponed

The friars of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) have held conferences on Thomism in 2010 (Warsaw) and 2013 (Washington, D.C.), with plans (as I had earlier noted) for another in 2016, to be hosted by the Toulouse Province of friars (publishers of the Revue Thomiste). However, due to several events already scheduled for 2016, including those connected with the 800th Jubilee of the Order, the conference has been postponed until 2017. 

While conference attendance has been restricted to Dominican friars, some of the presentations have been published, both for the 2010 conference (Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism) and for the 2013 event (Nova et Vetera 12.4, Autumn 2014).

De natura accidentis

The latest issue of the venerable Revue Thomiste (2012/1, pp. 5-231) is devoted to the “nature of the accident” (Autour de la nature de l’accident”) and contains the proceedings of a symposium held at the Sorbonne on September 8-9, 2011 with the aim of preparing a critical edition of the unauthentic work of St. Thomas De natura accidentis. The preparation of this edition is part of a much larger research-project “Thomisme et Anti-Thomisme au Moyen Âge”, mentioned earlier on

Here is the table of contents:

R. Imbach – C. König-Pralong: Aristote au Latran: Eucharistie et philosophie selon Thomas d’Aquin et Dietrich de Freiberg [Elsewhere, however, I have tried to show that St. Thomas does not try to “adept philosophy to theological orthodoxy”, as the authors (p. 17) claim]

S. Donati – La doctrine de l’analogie de l’être dans la tradition des commentaires de la Physique : Quelques modèles interprétatifs (commentaires de la Faculté des arts, autour de 1250-1300)

A. Beccarisi : Le traité bâlois De natura accidentis : Entre thomisme et antithomisme

J. Casteigt : Reduplicatio excludit omne alienum a termino : Accident et qualité redupliquée à partir de l’article 13 d’Eckhart condamné dans la bulle pontificale In agro dominico

D. Demagne : Accidents et relations non convertibles selon Thomas d’Aquin, Pierre Olivi et Jean Duns Scot

S.-Th. Bonino : Le statut ontologique de l’accident selon Thomas de Sutton [Father Bonino describes, more accurately I think, the position of Aquinas regarding the concept of accident as a “ré-élaboration” (p. 140). His contribution shows convincingly among others that “De natura accidentis” cannot be attributed to Thomas of Sutton]

J.-L. Solère : Les variations qualitatives dans les théories post-thomistes [The concept ‘post-thomistes’ refers to are the authors examined here: Gilles of Rome, Godfrey of Fontaines, Peter of Auvergne, Thomas of Sutton and Duns Scotus]

J. Biard : Comment définir un accident ? Le double statut de l’accidentalité selon Buridan et ses conséquences sur la théorie de la définition


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.

Thomism and Anti-Thomism in the Middle Ages

The universities of Paris and Freiburg-Germany have initiated an exciting and ambitious new research-project entitled ‘Thomism and Anti-Thomism in the Middle Ages’. The project, directed by Ruedi Imbach and Maarten Hoenen, will focus its attention on medieval and Renaissance-interpretations of Aquinas and continues the results published in two thematic fasciculi of the Revue Thomiste 2008.

A first conference is scheduled for January 28-30 in Freiburg on “German Thomism 13th-14th Century.”

While Paris will focus on the 13th-14th Century, Freiburg will investigate the 15th Century. The project in Paris includes among others an investigation of the authenticity of the opuscula De principio individuationis, De natura materiae, De natura accidentis, De natura generis, De instantibus, De quattuor opposites, an edition of the Metaphysics-commentary by Humbertus de Prulliaco (†1298), a partial edition of the Summa by Nicholas of Strassbourg and investigations on Dietrich of Freiberg.

The German section envisages a edition of the Tractatus ostendens concordiam Thomae Aquinatis et Alberti Magni by Gerardus de Monte, dating from 1456, an investigation of the Concordantiae-literature esp. Peter of Bergamo and the publication of a Companion to Renaissance Thomism to appear at Brill (Leiden) as the first volume of a new series on Thomism.

Full descriptions (in French and German) of the project can be found on its website.