L'homme selon Albert le Grand

L’image de Dieu - Épistémologie - L’homme animal social - La vertu et la fin de l’homme - Contemplation et béatitude

Albert the Great on the Human Being: An Inter-disciplinary Colloquium


April 28-29, 2023

University of Fribourg, Switzerland




Principal Organizer: Bernhard Blankenhorn, L’institut des études dominicaines (IED) 

Theology Faculty, (University of Fribourg)

Co-organizer: Prof. Katja Krause, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin)

Co-sponsor: The Thomistic Institute, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome)


Vendredi 28 avril

9,00 Introduction

9,15 Isabelle Moulin (Strasbourg): The vestige as the 'other' image. Exploring an irrational, partial and distorted reality

9,45 Sebastien Milazzo (Strasbourg): L’imago Dei dans le traité De angelorum creatione

10,15 Discussion

10,45 Pause


11,00 Paul D. Hellmeier (LMU, Munich): Of Bats and Eagles. What they see and what they do not: Two key metaphors for human knowledge in Albertus Magnus

11,30 Amos Bertolacci (Scuola IMT Alti Studi, Lucca): Strategies of Human Divinization: Avicenna and Albert the Great

12,00 Discussion

12,30 Lunch


15,00 Alessandra Beccarisi (L’Università degli Studi di Foggia): Neoplatonic Theories in Albert the Great’s Gospel of Matthew

15,30 Dominic Dold (Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science): Albert the Great on Meno’s Paradox

16,30 Pause


16,45 Paloma Hernández Rubio (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana): Grasping the naked individual: Albert the Great on Common Sensation in De homine

17,15 Katja Krause (Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science): Albert and Scientific Experience

17,45 Discussion


18,15 End of the first day


Samedi 29 avril

9,00 Thérèse Scarpelli Cory (Univ. of Notre Dame, USA): The self-knowing soul in Albert the Great

9,30 Franklin Harkins (Boston College): Divine Providence and Human Knowledge in Albert's Super Iob

10,00 Discussion

10,30 Pause


11,00 Hans-Joachim Schmidt (Université de Fribourg): Social Cohesion and the Defense of Private Life

11,30 Bernhard Blankenhorn (Université de Fribourg): Albert on man as a social, ecclesial being

12,00 Discussion

12,30 Lunch


15,00 Tobias Hoffmann (Sorbonne, Paris): Albert the Great’s Early Account of Prudence

15,30 Tracy Wietecha (Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science): Becoming a Moral Subject: civilitatis in Albert the Great's Ethical Commentaries

16,00 Discussion

16,30 Pause


17,00 Meghan Duke (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.): God's infinitude in Albert's thought on beatific vision

17,30 To be announced 

18,00 Discussion


18,30 Conclusion of the colloquium