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Medieval Studies—Philosophy

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Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford only
Oxford Companion to Philosophy Stanford only
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford only
A. H. Armstrong (1967) The Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy. Stanford only
The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy. Stanford only
The Cambridge History Renaissance Philosophy. Stanford only
SUL Philosophy Collections
Labyrinth cosmology, magic & alchemy, philosophy, theology

Read the bibliographic essay "Latin Philosophies of the Middle Ages" in Powell (1992) Medieval Studies: An Introduction, 2nd ed. Die Philosophie im lateinischen Mittelalter: ein Handbuch mit einem bio-bibliographischen Repertorium (1996) by Peter Schulthess und Ruedi Imbach is a useful starting palce for individual writers. For Augustine: Augustine through the ages: an encyclopedia (1999). Other surveys are Marenbon (1998) Medieval Philosophy Stanford only; Maurer Medieval Philosophy, 2d ed., B721.M37 1982; Research Guide to Philosophy, Chap.3, B52.T5 1983; History of Ideas: A Bibliographic Introduction, Z7125.T58 1977. Also Steenberghen Bibl. du phil. med., Z7125.S79 1974, an introduction to basic books. For the 12th Century, Europe in Transition, bibliography of the 12th Century Renaissance, Z2000.F45 1989. Medieval Rhetoric, 2nd ed., Z7004.R5.M87, covers the university Disputation. Bibliotheca lexicologiae Medii Aevi, v.1, Z7028.L47.T74, covers "Education in the Middle Ages," and Cobban (1975) The medieval universities: their development and organization is a good review of research with extensive bibliography.

Other useful general treatments include Weinberg (1964) Short History of Medieval Philosophy; Marenbon (2002) Early medieval philosophy (480-ll50): an introduction Stanford only, 2nd ed.; Kietzman, ed. (1982) The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy 1100-1600 (all in Green Stack). The Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 12 vols., contains many good introductory articles. Copleston (1950-53) A history of philosophy, vols. 2-3, remains a standard introduction.

Medieval Philosophers, 1990, P129.D52 v.115 is a handy volume in the series Dictionary of Literary Biography. It includes a listing of principal works, editions and English translations, biography and critical works. There is a "Checklist of Further Readings" and an appendix "Translators of the Twelfth Century: Literary Issues Raised and Impact Created."

Translations and Commentaries of Ancient Writers

Repertoires of authors and texts and biography

Recently published manuals, dictionaries, surveys


Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies | Early Modern Literary Studies | EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History | Iter, gateway to the Middle Ages and RenaissanceStanford only | Renaissance, Annenberg/CPB Project | Renaissance Forum | Catasto Study

There is a library Short-cut Guide on the Renaissance which lists many English language sources in the Reference Collection. The new Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (CB361.C26 1996) should prove useful on all topics involving cultural and intellectual history. Vol. 1 of the new Handbook of European History 1400-1600... (2 v., D203.H36) provides socio-economic background bringing up-to-date older volumes in The Cambridge Economic History of Europe and the Cambridge Modern History (v.1).Catalogue of Renaissance Philosophers, Z7125.R54 1940, is a handy list, and v.3. Renaissance of Totok, Handbuch der Geschicte der Philosophie (1980) has extensive bibliography and details of editions and translations. Renaissance Humanism 1300-1550..., Z7128.H7.K64 1985 is a bibliography of English language sources. Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (New York : Scribner's published in association with the Renaissance Society of America, c1999. 6 v.; HASRC CB361 .E52 1999) has won critical acclaim.

The major indices should be searched for current books and articles. See the Index/Abstracts page for others.

Bibliographie internationale de l'humanisme et de la RenaissanceStanford only
Historical Abstracts
International Medieval Bibliography OnlineStanford only
Iter, The Bibliography of Renaissance Europe (1300-1700)Stanford only

There are also several other Italian Renaissance dictionaries, of varying utility and focus, in the Green library Information Center:

  • Atlas of the Renaissance, CB361.A89 1993f
  • Rachum, The Renaissance: an illustrated encyclopedia, CB361.R261979
  • The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, CB361.B43 1988
  • The New Century Italian Renaissance Encyclopedia, DG533.N4 1972
  • A Concise Encyclopedia of the Italian Renaissance: among the best of the lot with short bibliographic notes, glossary of Italian terms, & tables of succession, DG445.C66

Cosenza, A biographical and bibliographical dictionary of the Italian humanists and the world of classical scholarship in Italy 1300-1800 is shelved in the Lane Rm.; Contemporaries of Erasmus: a biographical register of the Renaissance and Reformation remains in the Information Center. It allso lists editions of Erasmus' works. Check out the Biography section for other collections. The 1995 guide, shelved in the Lane Rm., L'Europe des humanistes: XIVe-XVIIe si`ecles is a handy register in alphabetical order of 2350 individuals, from Petrarch to Peiresc -- deceased after 1325 and born before 1600 -- with the ancient authors, east and west, that they transmitted. Two indexes provide the names of the authors transmitted and the variants of the names of the humanists.

Science & Technology

The Galileo Project
Historical Medical Library
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Stanford only
The Medieval Science Page

The database History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Stanford only integrates four bibliographies: the Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science, the Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (Technology and Culture), the Bibliografia Italiana di Storia della Scienza, and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Updated quarterly,History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Stanford only covers 1975 to the present. Retrospective print bibliographies:


  • Dictionary of scientific biography, 1970-, Q141.D5; Supplements: v.15, v.17-18; c.2: Index: v.16.
  • Biographisch-literarisches handworterbuch fur mathematik, astronomie, physik mit geophysik, chemie, kristallographie und verwandte wissensgebiete..., 1926-, Z7404.P74.
  • Gascoigne. A Historical Catalogue of Scientists and Scientific Books, Q141.G38 1984.
  • The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London: comprising biographical sketches of all the eminent physicians whose names arerecorded in the Annals / by William Munk. IMPRINT: 2nd ed., rev. and enl. London: The College, 1878+. R773.R75. 16th century+.
  • Dictionnaire biographique des medecins en France au MA.IMPRINT: Nouv. ed., reimpr. en facsim. / sous la direction de Guy Beaujouan. Gen`eve: Droz, 1979. 3 v. LOCATION: Green Library Stacks D204.H33 v.34-35. SERIES: Hautes etudes medievales et modernes; 34-35. TOPICS: Physicians--France--Biography. Surgeons--France--Biography. Barbers--France--Biography.
  • Biographical dictionary of the history of technology, T39.B49 1996. Few entries prior to 17th century.

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