30. William of Auvergne. The Immortality of the Soul. Roland J. Teske, S.J., Tr. ISBN 0-87462-233-6 72 pp. (Translation No. 30) 1991 $10

“This volume is another valuable and scholarly contribution to the rising interest in mediæval philosophy. It is also a concrete example of the influence of Arabian philosophy, especially that of Avicenna, on the thought of a leading philosopher/theologian of the early thirteenth century.” — H.R. Klocker, S.J,. Saint Louis University

“Teske’s book is a scholarly model of what the translation of an important mediæval Latin text should be: an informative introduction to its mediæval author (who in this case is shown to be William of Auvergne and not Dominicus Gundissalinus, as sometime thought) and a straight- forward translation with clarifying commentary in its ample footnotes. The text itself is a strictly philosophical defense of the soul’s immortality by (mirabile dictu) a theologian and bishop under the influence of Aristotle interpreted by Avicenna.” — C. Leo Sweeney, S.J,. Loyola University of Chicago

“An impressively careful and precise translation of William of Auvergne’s The Immortality of the Soul into lucid and highly readable English. The scholarly notes are abundant, clear, and comprehensive. In addition to discussion of William’s works and life and of the treatise’s authorship, Fr. Teske’s introduction offers an illuminating consideration of the work’s content and sources, and provides a detailed and useful outline of its argumentation.” — Maria Carl, Villanova University

Roland TeskeRoland J. Teske, S.J., Donald J. Schuenke, Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1973), specializes in St. Augustine and medieval philosophers, especially William of Auvergne and Henry of Ghent. He has translated 10 volumes of works of St. Augustine, 4 volumes of works of William of Auvergne, and 3 volumes of works of Henry of Ghent. He has published over 50 articles on Augustine, over a dozen on William, and several on Henry. He has given the St. Augustine Lecture at Villanova and the Aquinas Lecture at Marquette University. He has been visiting professor at Santa Clara University, John Carroll University, and Villanova University.


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