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John Blund: Treatise on the Soul

John Blund: Treatise on the Soul (Hardback)

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Since the publication of the edition of John Blund's Tractatus de anima by the British Academy in 1970 there has been widespread acceptance of the importance of this text for the history of thought. Blund (ca. 1175-1248) was probably one of the first commentators on the libri naturales at Paris before the prohibition of 1210, and later introduced them to Oxford. Indeed, apart from the prohibitions of 1210 and 1215, the De anima of Blund is the one text which sheds light on the first reception of Aristotle at Paris. The text was probably composed at Paris, before 1204. Blund taught arts at Paris ca. 1200-1205, then at Oxford towards 1207-1209. He returned to study theology at Paris during the interdict (1208-1214) and the contemporaneous suspension of the schools at Oxford (1209-1214). He was regent in theology at Paris for twelve years, and taught theology at Oxford after 1229. With the Tractatus a whole area of philosophical speculation - namely Greek and Arabic psychology - arri

Michael Dunne is currently Head of the Department of Philosophy at NUI Maynooth and is President of the Irish Philosophical Society. His main area of interest is Ireland's mediaeval university philosophical heritage. His current research project involves the edition of the scholastic works of Richard FitzRalph (1300-1360). Among his recent publications is (with J. McEvoy) The Irish Contribution to European Scholastic Thought (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009). Michael is a member of numerous learned societies, including the Royal Historical Society and the Societe internationale pour l'etude de la philosophie medievale (SIEPM).

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