Aspectus and Affectus in the Thought of Robert Grosseteste – Nuova pubblicazione della Cattedra Marco Arosio

Aspectus and Affectus in the Thought of Robert Grosseteste – Nuova pubblicazione della Cattedra Marco Arosio

Cattedra Marco Arosio di Alti Studi Medievali


Brett W. Smith

Aspectus and Affectus in the Thought of Robert Grosseteste


Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum – IF Press, Roma 2023


Editore: APRA – IF Press.

ISBN: 978-88-6788-291-5

DOI: 10.3308/ifp.001.31

Pagine: 430. Formato: 17×24. Stampa: gennaio 2023. Prezzo: € 30,00

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Presentazione: Generations of scholars have observed that the aspectus/affectus distinction was a signature feature in the thought of Robert Grosseteste (c.1168-1253).  This division of the rational soul’s powers into the cognitive and the appetitive appears frequently in the English polymath’s works across genres and through at least four decades of his scholarly career.  The work contained in this volume presents the first full historical and systematic analysis of Grosseteste’s aspectus/affectus distinction and finds that this distinction is an important key to understanding a web of interrelated themes in Grosseteste’s thought.  The doctrines accompanying aspectus and affectus are fundamental to his psychology and have important connections to his metaphysics, soteriology, mystical theology, and epistemology.  Because Grosseteste’s aspectus/affectus distinction unites multiple areas of his thought, this work serves a secondary function as the most recent introduction to Grosseteste’s theology and philosophy.  While in no way replacing earlier studies by James McEvoy (1982, 2000) and James Ginther (2004), this book advances the study of Robert Grosseteste in several areas, including his doctrine of the soul and his theory of illumination.

L’autore: Brett W. Smith received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Corban University (2011) and the M.Phil. (2016) and Ph.D. in Historical Theology (2018) from the Catholic University of America.  He specializes in medieval theology and philosophy, and especially the thought of Robert Grosseteste.  He has published in the fields of biblical studies and Patristics as well.  His publications have appeared in journals such as Augustinian Studies, Franciscan Studies, and the Irish Theological Quarterly.  He has taught or facilitated courses for the Catholic University of America, Marymount University, and Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Since 2018 he also has been a teacher in multiple disciplines at Immaculata Classical Academy of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.  He is a member of several scholarly societies, including the International Robert Grosseteste Society, the Medieval Academy of America, the College Theology Society, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.



Professor Marco Arosio (born at Milan, 23 August 1963 – died at Monza, 10 April 2009) obtained his research doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart at Milan with a dissertation entitled Aristotelismo ed epistemologia teologica nei maestri della scuola francescana di Parigi, da Alessandro di Hales a Bonaventura da Bagnoregio (Aristotelianism and theological epistemology in the masters of the Franciscan school of Paris, from Alexander of Hales to Bonaventure of Bagnoregio).  He specialized by attending the Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali e Francescani at the Pontifical University Antonianum and the courses organized by the FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale des Instituts d’Études MĂ©diĂ©vales (F.I.D.E.M.) at the Vatican Apostolic Library, obtaining the European Diploma in Medieval Studies. He was a member of various societies in the field of philosophical medievalism: the SociĂ©tĂ© Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie MĂ©diĂ©vale (S.I.E.P.M.), the SocietĂ  Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (S.I.S.P.M.), the SocietĂ  Filosofica Italiana (S.F.I.) and the Centro di Studi Bonaventuriani di Bagnoregio. He taught and collaborated at various pontifical universities including the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure – Seraphicum; the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum; the Faculty of Theology of Lugano; the Pontifical Gregorian University; the Pontifical University of St. Anselm; the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum and the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum. He is the author of numerous volumes and scholarly articles in journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias and collective works.

To preserve the memory and continue the work and intent of Professor Marco Arosio, in 2010 the Marco Arosio Chair in High Medieval Studies was established in his honor.

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