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.

Open Digital Access to Louvain and Laval Philosophy and Theology Journals

I may have been the last person in the world to stumble upon this. But maybe there are still a few people out there who share my ignorance. The French site Persée is an open access depository for a huge number of digitized French-language scholarly journals. readers may be particularly interested to know that this includes all the issues between 1894 and 2001 of the Revue Philosophique de Louvain. You may know that the Revue went by different names over the years: from 1894 to 1909 it was known as the Revue néo-scholastique and from 1910 to 1940 it was known as the Revue néo-scholastique de philosophie. The articles are available in both HTML and PDF formats.

The French-Canadian site Érudit, sponsored by the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval, and the Université du Québec à Montréal, is a depository similar to Persée. In fact, the two sites link to each other. Among the journals offered by Érudit is Laval théologique et philosophique. All the issues between 1977 and 2009 can be accessed for free. The 2010 and 2011 issues require a subscription. Although I have not taken the time to confirm it, I assume that there is a two-year “moving wall” of access for the journal. In other words, a year from now there should be open access through 2010 but the 2011 and 2012 issues will require a scubscription, and so on. The articles on Érudit seem only to be available in PDF format.