This volume collects essays which are thematically connected through the work of Kent Emery Jr., to whom the volume is dedicated. A main focus lies on the attempts to bridge the gap between mysticism and a systematic approach to medieval philosophical thought. The essays address a wide range of topics concerning (a) the nature of the human soul (in philosophical and theological discourse); (b) medieval theories of cognition (natural and supernatural), self-knowledge and knowledge of God; (c) the human soul's contemplation of, and union with, God; (d) the tradition of "the modes of theology" in the Middle Ages; (e) the relation between philosophy and theology. Various articles are dedicated to major figures of the 13th and 14th century philosophy, others display new material based on critical editions.
Contributors are Jan A. Aertsen, Stephen Brown, Bernardo Carlos Bazan, William J. Courtenay, Alfredo Santiago Culleton, Silvia Donati, Bernd Goehring, Guy Guldentops, Daniel Hobbins, Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Georgi Kapriev, Steven P. Marrone, Stephen M. Metzger, Timothy B. Noone, Mikolaj Olszewski, Alessandro Palazzo, Garrett R. Smith, Andreas Speer, Carlos Steel, Loris Sturlese, Chris Schabel, Christian Trottmann, and Gordon A. Wilson.
Roberto Hofmeister Pich is Professor of Philosophy at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre / RS, Brazil. He has written and edited books about the philosophy of John Duns Scotus and the reception of the Scotist and other medieval "schools" in Baroque and Modern Scholasticism.
Andreas Speer is Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Thomas-Institut at the University of Cologne. He has written and edited many books and articles concerning the history of medieval philosophy and theology. He is General Editor of the Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters (Brill).