The Philosophies of Robert Grosseteste and Richard Rufus of Cornwall

Robert Grosseteste and Richard Rufus of Cornwall posterMarch 11 -12, 2016
New North 204
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Invited Speakers
  • Luigi Campi (University of Turin), “The Influence of Grosseteste on Wyclif’s soteriology”
  • Jeremiah Hackett (University of South Carolina), “Bacon’s Iuvenis Johannes as the first Interpreter of Bacon’s Later Thought”
  • Neil Lewis (Georgetown University), “The Light Metaphysics meets Aristotle’s Physics”
  • R. James Long (Fairfield University), “Richard Rufus and his Discontents”
  • Scott MacDonald (Cornell University), “Grosseteste’s Reading of the Epistemology in the Posterior Analytics”
  • Chris Martin (University of Auckland), “Spiritual Being and the Powers of Perception: Richard Rufus’ Theory of the Senses”
  • Santiago Melo Arias (Stanford University), “Rufus on entity derived from being and being derived from entity”
  • Timothy Noone (Catholic University of America), "Bonaventure and Rufus on Agent Intellect and Individual Mind."
  • Jennifer Ottman (Independent scholar, Washington D.C.), “The Intellect in Rufus, Buckfield, and Friends”
  • Yael Raizman-Kedar (University of Haifa and Tel-Hai College), “From ‘Natures’ to Laws: the Making of the Concept of Law of Nature by Robert Grosseteste and Roger Bacon”
  • Rega Wood (Indiana University), “Rufus on Universals”

Conference in honor of Marilyn McCord Adams

March 13-14, 2014

McCord Adams posterThe organizers of this conference (Mark Henninger, Thomas Ward and Scott M. Williams) intend to have the papers published in a Festschrift in honor of Marilyn McCord Adams at a later date. For questions contact Mark Henninger (, Thomas Ward ( or Scott M. Williams (

  • Richard Cross: “Peter Auriol on the Metaphysics of the Trinity”
  • Mark Henninger: “Robert Greystones: God, Natures and Natural Inclinations”
  • Calvin Normore
  • Brian Leftow: Anselm’s Modal Ontology
  • Cecilia Trifogli: Thomas Aquinas and Giles of Rome on Sense Cognition.
  • Giorgio Pini, “Duns Scotus on Aptitudes”
  • Laurie Paul, Experience and Belief in God
  • Andrew Chignell, "On the Intelligibility of Evil"
  • Keith DeRose
  • Derk Pereboom
  • Marleen Rozemond, “Human Subjects: Cartesian and Scholastics”
  • Houston Smit, “Aquinas on Actuation and Participation"


Baylor-Georgetown-Notre Dame -- Philosophy of Religion Conference

Philosophy of Religion Conference

October 6 - 8, 2011

Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J. -- " Duns Scotus and the Human Will's Synchronic Contingency before God"

Prof. Henninger presented the views of John Duns Scotus on the problem of how the soul in the afterlife (who is lucky enough to make it to heaven), can still be free - since, supposedly, sinning is out of the question. His solution involves his innovative notion of synchronic contingency: how a person willing X, at one and the same moment can retain the freedom to not will X. So, Peter in heaven, for all eternity loving God, still has the ability, the freedom, not to love God.


CMP Georgetown University Conferences and Workshops

Grosseteste to Wycliff

Grosseteste to Wycliff: The Shifting Focus of British Medieval Philosophy

March 6 - 7, 2009
Georgetown University

The focus was on a number of lesser-studied British figures of the 13th and 14th centuries who now, after the appearance of critical editions and studies, are deserving of attention specifically devoted to them. Philosophers such as Walter Burley, John Peckham, Henry of Harclay, Robert Grosseteste and Thomas Wylton to name but a few.



Workshop in Editing Medieval Philosophical and Theological Manuscripts

Summer 2007


In the summer of 2007, thirteen scholars from various parts of the world participated in a workshop which trained them to produce critical editions of the writings of medieval thinkers. The Center for Medieval Philosophy and holder of the Martin Chair, Professor Mark Henninger, S.J., along with Professor Neil Lewis of the philosophy department of Georgetown University organized the event. Additionally, they invited two eminent scholars, Dr. Girard Etzkorn and Dr. Gordon Wilson, distinguished international editors, to direct the month of learning. The emerging scholars and students who were selected to participate in the workshop came from Israel, Poland, Romania, Italy and various North American universities.

Medieval Philosophy Conferences

Varieties of Cognitive Theory in the Later Middle Ages: Towards a Status Quaestionis

Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, Katholicke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven, Beligum

February, 18 - 20, 2010


The nature of the human mind and the processes by which human beings acquire knowledge were intensely studied in the later Middle Ages. In particular the period 1250 - 1350 has been recognized as the golden age for the development of cognitive theory, the period in which thinkers like Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, John Buridan and Gregory of Rimini elaborated innovative and rigorous positions on the soul and its faculties, the mechanics of concept formation, the limitations of human knowledge and whether we think in a "mental language".

The Leuven workshop is the second of two (the first took place at the University of Toronto, in September 2009) that have as their aim to come to a "status quaestionis" on all of the new work that has been done in the the past decades on medieval cognitive theory. Ten respected experts on medieval cognitive theory presented a version of their prospective chapter in a Companion to Later Medieval Cognitive Theory (ed. Russell L. Friedman (Leuven) and Martin Pickave (Toronto)). Additionally, five emerging scholars presented their more focused research into the medieval philosophy of mind.

The Director of the Center for Medieval Philosophy and Holder of the Martin Chair, Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J. delivered closing remarks and Fellows Bernd Goehring and Therese Scarpelli Cory participated in the conference.

CMP's 2009 - 2010 Fellows

Bernd Goehring and Therese Scarpelli Cory at Leuven! Bernd delivered a paper entitled "Henry of Ghent on Cognitive Presence." Therese moderated a panel comprised of four papers:

  1. Francie Roberts,"What's so Certain in Sense Cognition? Sense Certitiude in Bonadventure"; 
  2. Scott Williams, "Henry of Ghent: On Being Conscious";
  3. Bernd Goehring, "Henry of Ghent on Cognitive Presence"; and
  4. Deborah Black,"Memory, Imagination, Particular Reason and Thought".


Notre Dame Conference

Philosophy and Theology in the Studia of the Religious Orders and at the Papal Court

October 8 -10, 2008

Notre Dame ConferenceThe XVI Colloquim of Société International l'Étude de Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) which marked the 50th anniversary of the Société, took place October 8 through 10, 2008. The Colloquium, organized by Kent Emery, Jr. (Notre Dame) assisted by William J. Courtenay (Madison, Wisconsin), focused on the particularities of the teaching of philosophy and theology in the studia of the mendicant (Augustinian, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan) and monastic (Benedictine, Cistercian) orders and at the theological schools at the Papal Court at Avignon.

Conference participants pictured above: Hiroko Yamazaki, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, GU's Director of CMP and holder of the Marin Chair, Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J., and Robert Podkonski. The Center in its continuing mission to support emerging scholars provided funds for transportation and lodging for Drs. Yamazaki, Yamamoto (Japan) and Podkonski (Poland).