Hildegard von Bingen
  • Philosopher's Profile

    The writer, composer, doctor, Benedictine abbess, and – not least – philosopher Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a highly respected scholar of her time and one of the key players of the research project History, which covers 2600 years of women philosophers. Probably best known today for her ideas on nature, this project seeks to reinvestigate her visionary trilogy, which is mainly seen as a theological opus, and aims at providing a more philosophical approach to basic philosophical ideas such as autonomy and the human free will, often referred to by her male contemporaries and subsequent philosophers, but also expressed in her works. Focusing on Hildegard’s philosophical ideas reveals a wealth of insightful chapters to analyze for today’s anthropology. Special emphasis is also put on ethical and epistemological aspects in Hildegard’s anthropological concepts. Terms as opus, rationalitas, viriditas, and discretio are contextualized within the broad scope of Hildegard’s ideas of (wo-)man.

  • Project: Anthropology and Bioethics in the works of Hildegard von Bingen
    by Julia Lerius

    Apart from a few scientifically substantiated publications and a large amount of popular-scientific literature on the universal scholar Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the innovative impact of her medical and scientific writings and the anthropological assumption made in her visionary trilogy has not yet been sufficiently investigated for today’s use in the philosophy classroom. This project addresses this issue and focuses on anthropological as well as bioethical aspects in Hildegard’s visionary writings, natural philosophy sources, and her medical works. The main aim of this project is to make Hildegard’s rich corpus accessible to students of philosophy and implement her philosophical ideas into the philosophy curricula. From the huge variety of her opus, parts of Hildegard’s Scivias, Liber vitae meritorum, Liber divinorum operum, Causae et curae and Physica will be examined.

  • Bibliography

    Primary sources:

    Hildegard & Carlevaris, Angela (ed.) 1995. Hildegardis Liber vite meritorum, Turnhout: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 92).

    Hildegard & Führkötter, Adelgundis (ed.) 1978. Hildegardis Scivias. Scholars version. Turnholti: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 43/43A).

    Hildegard & Moulinier, Laurence (ed.) 2003. Beate Hildegardis Cause et cure. Berlin: Akademie-Verl. (Rarissima mediaevalia Opera latina, 1).

    Hildegard 2010. Physica: Liber subtilitatum diversarum naturarum creaturarum. Textkrit. Ausg. Berlin: de Gruyter.

    Hildegard, Derolez, Albert & Dronke, Peter (eds.) 1996. Hildegardis Bingensis Liber divinorum operum, Turnhout: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 92).

     

    Secondary sources:

    Please find a thoroughly researched Hildegard bibliography (incl. the anniversary year 1998) here:

    Lauter, Werner & Aris, Marc-Aeilko (Hg.) 1998. Hildegard von Bingen: Internationale wissenschaftliche Bibliographie; unter Verwendung der Hildegard-Bibliographie von Werner Lauter. Mainz: Selbstverl. der Ges. für Mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte. (Quellen und Abhandlungen zur mittelrheinischen Kirchengeschichte, Bd. 84).

     

    A selection of secondary sources published since 1999 is provided here:

    Selected Bibliography – Hildegard von Bingen – Monographs since 1999

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  • Philosopher's Profile

    The writer, composer, doctor, Benedictine abbess, and – not least – philosopher Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a highly respected scholar of her time and one of the key players of the research project History, which covers 2600 years of women philosophers. Probably best known today for her ideas on nature, this project seeks to reinvestigate her visionary trilogy, which is mainly seen as a theological opus, and aims at providing a more philosophical approach to basic philosophical ideas such as autonomy and the human free will, often referred to by her male contemporaries and subsequent philosophers, but also expressed in her works. Focusing on Hildegard’s philosophical ideas reveals a wealth of insightful chapters to analyze for today’s anthropology. Special emphasis is also put on ethical and epistemological aspects in Hildegard’s anthropological concepts. Terms as opus, rationalitas, viriditas, and discretio are contextualized within the broad scope of Hildegard’s ideas of (wo-)man.

  • Project: Anthropology and Bioethics in the works of Hildegard von Bingen
    by Julia Lerius

    Apart from a few scientifically substantiated publications and a large amount of popular-scientific literature on the universal scholar Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the innovative impact of her medical and scientific writings and the anthropological assumption made in her visionary trilogy has not yet been sufficiently investigated for today’s use in the philosophy classroom. This project addresses this issue and focuses on anthropological as well as bioethical aspects in Hildegard’s visionary writings, natural philosophy sources, and her medical works. The main aim of this project is to make Hildegard’s rich corpus accessible to students of philosophy and implement her philosophical ideas into the philosophy curricula. From the huge variety of her opus, parts of Hildegard’s Scivias, Liber vitae meritorum, Liber divinorum operum, Causae et curae and Physica will be examined.

  • Bibliography

    Primary sources:

    Hildegard & Carlevaris, Angela (ed.) 1995. Hildegardis Liber vite meritorum, Turnhout: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 92).

    Hildegard & Führkötter, Adelgundis (ed.) 1978. Hildegardis Scivias. Scholars version. Turnholti: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 43/43A).

    Hildegard & Moulinier, Laurence (ed.) 2003. Beate Hildegardis Cause et cure. Berlin: Akademie-Verl. (Rarissima mediaevalia Opera latina, 1).

    Hildegard 2010. Physica: Liber subtilitatum diversarum naturarum creaturarum. Textkrit. Ausg. Berlin: de Gruyter.

    Hildegard, Derolez, Albert & Dronke, Peter (eds.) 1996. Hildegardis Bingensis Liber divinorum operum, Turnhout: Brepols. (Corpvs Christianorvm Continuatio mediaeualis, Bd. 92).

     

    Secondary sources:

    Please find a thoroughly researched Hildegard bibliography (incl. the anniversary year 1998) here:

    Lauter, Werner & Aris, Marc-Aeilko (Hg.) 1998. Hildegard von Bingen: Internationale wissenschaftliche Bibliographie; unter Verwendung der Hildegard-Bibliographie von Werner Lauter. Mainz: Selbstverl. der Ges. für Mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte. (Quellen und Abhandlungen zur mittelrheinischen Kirchengeschichte, Bd. 84).

     

    A selection of secondary sources published since 1999 is provided here:

    Selected Bibliography – Hildegard von Bingen – Monographs since 1999

  • Links
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