ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Aristotle à rebours, Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond
Aristotle à rebours:
Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond
Sponsored by Italians & Italianists at Kalamazoo
ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, May 7-10
Aristotle’s transformation from heretical source to intellectual authority testifies to the fact that his scholastic assimilation was uneven and often controversial, and it is the aim of this panel to explore those figures whose Aristotelianism has been perceived, by either their contemporaries or their scholars, as historically peculiar or unorthodox.
Engaging Aristotle's askance medieval reception, this panel invites papers that re-examine fundamental questions for the schoolmen and poets alike. To what extent did allegiance to Aristotle and/or his commentators allow for novel, even undogmatic, ways of thinking through foundational questions, such as the nature of the soul and body, the relation between the intellect and desire, or the meaning of virtue and nobility? It is this panel’s wager that medieval Italy provides a testing ground for exploring how an “unconventional” Aristotle emerges in the overlaps between faith, philosophy, and poetry. At the same time, this panel welcomes papers that span medieval Europe, its borders, and beyond—especially those whose investigations illuminate the complexity of the linguistic, cultural and political factors tied to Aristotelian reception in the Middle Ages, and the Italian Middle Ages in particular.
Papers should be 15-20 minutes long.