Albert the Great on knowing on naming God

Curiello, G. (2015) Albert the Great on knowing on naming God. In: Raccolta di saggi in onore di Marco Arosio II. If Press, Rome, pp. 75-120. ISBN 9788867881222

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One of the most important scholars of Albert the Great’s work, Francis Ruello, claims that Albert’s concept of ‘ratio’ is the bridge that leads a word from referring to creation, to referring to God in Himself. My opinion is that this interpretation does not reach the core of Albert’s position. Albert’s interpretation of the Dionysian doctrine on divine names is better understood if it is related to Dionysius’ thought and his Greek background. This means that, according to Albert, divine names signify the processions of God (próodos) and not His remaining in itself (moné). The present article is divided into two parts. In the first part, I discuss Albert’s concept of ratio and its threefold meaning (ontological, epistemological, semantic). In the second part, I show that the concept of ratio endorsed by Albert allows him solving the tension between the notion of God’s procession and that of God’s remaining in itself.

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Depositing User: Gioacchino Curiello
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 10:47
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 12:24

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