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Peter Lombard [addendum] - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Although Father Ignatius C. Brady's entry from the first edition remains authoritative, significant progress has since been made in research on Peter Lombard. Most importantly, the new edition of the Book of Sentences to which Brady referred has become available in two volumes (Brady 1971–1981). Each of the two volumes contains an introduction, with detailed treatment of Lombard's life and works.

Brady's original entry requires two factual corrections. The first concerns the Summa Sententiarum, an important source of the Book of Sentences. This Summa Sententiarum has been identified as the work of Otto of Lucca—an identification that Brady himself accepted in a later publication (see Gastaldelli 1980, Brady 1986). Secondly, due to Lombard's indebtedness to the Summa Sententiarum, it now appears likely that he studied at Lucca, rather than at Bologna.

Brady spoke of the need to study Lombard against the background of his times, so that it might become possible to understand the superiority of the Book of Sentences by comparison with similar twelfth-century works. This task is addressed by Colish (1994).

The Book of Sentences was one of the most influential texts in medieval philosophy and theology. For recent research on the tradition of commentaries on the Sentences, see Evans (2002). Finally, for a concise introduction to the Sentences, see Rosemann (2004).

See Also

Medieval Philosophy.


Brady, Ignatius C., ed. Magistri Petri Lombardi Sententiae in IV libris distinctae. 2 vols. Grottaferrata, Italy: Editiones Collegii S. Bonaventurae Ad Claras Aquas, 1971–1981.

Brady, Ignatius. "Pierre Lombard." In Dictionnaire de spiritualité, vol. 12, 1604–1612, edited by Marcel Viller. Paris: Beauchesne, 1986.

Colish, Marcia L. Peter Lombard. 2 vols. Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1994

Evans, G. R., ed. Mediaeval Commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard: Current Research. vol. 1. Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2002.

Gastaldelli, Ferruccio. "La Summa Sententiarum di Ottone da Lucca. Conclusione di un dibattito secolare." Salesianum 42 (1980): 537–546.

Rosemann, Philipp W. Peter Lombard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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