26 March 2021
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11:00 Tianyue Wu (Peking University)
"Aquinas on Human Personhood and Dignity"
12:00 Dominik Perler (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
"Suárez's Compositional Account of
12:00-14:00 lunch break
14:00 Rodrigo Ballon Villanueva (Università della Svizzera Italiana)
"Eriugena Against the Standard Account of Relations in the Middle Ages"
15:00 Roxane Nöel (University of Cambridge)
Rodrigo Ballon Villanueva
University of Italian Switzerland
Eriugena Against “the Standard Account” of Relations in the Middle Ages.
According to “the Standard Account” (TSA) of relations in the Middle Ages, medieval authors claimed that a) relations were monadic properties (instantiated by only one substance), and b) relations were real (as opposed to entia rationis). In this presentation, I am going to argue that the two claims of TSA do not apply in the case of the Carolingian philosopher John Scotus Eriugena (9th century). In other words, my interpretation will defend the view that not only did Eriugena consider relations to be polyadic properties, but also that his approach must be understood within the framework of his so-called idealism. For this purpose, my analysis will focus on Eriugena's treatment of the categories, paying special attention to the two relational ones, namely, ad aliquid and habitus.