241. The Shadow Knows: Albert the Great's Metaphysics

Posted on 22 November 2015

Albert the Great’s theory of being and his attempt to explain what changes in the human mind when we come to see God in the afterlife.

Further Reading

• T. Bonin, Creation as Emanation: The Origin of Diversity in Albert the Great’s On the Causes and the Procession of the Universe (Notre Dame: 2001).

• J. Hergan, St. Albert the Great’s Theory of the Beatific Vision (New York: 2002)

• K. Krause, “Albert and Aquinas on the Ultimate End of Humans: Philosophy, Theology, and Beatitude,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 86 (2012), 213-29.

• I.M Resnick (ed.), A Companion to Albert the Great (Leiden: 2013).

• L. Sweeney, “The Meaning of Esse in Albert the Great’s Texts on Creation in the Summa de Creaturis and Scripta Super Sententias,” in F. Kovach and R. Shahan (eds), Albert the Great: Commemorative Essays (Norman: 1980), 65-95.


Thanks to Katja Krause for her advice on this episode!


Daniel 30 November 2015

I just wanted to congratulate you on coming up with your worst pun yet. "As unimpeachable as a man with a deadly fruit allergy" is beautifully, shatteringly bad - quite possibly the worst pun I have heard in my life - and I want to wish you the best of luck for your future endeavours in this regard! I am very excited to see what you will come up with, but I should perhaps also mention that even without record-winning groan-inducers, like the above one, listening to your podcast will keep me quite pleasantly entertained until you find a way to top yourself again!
Best of Luck!^_^

Thanks! I think. To be honest I thought about that one and almost didn't use it - it struck me as funny when I first wrote it but even I realized it was a bit of a reach. I'll have to consult my (rather feeble) inner editor when I decide whether to keep it for the book version.

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