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The Thomas-Institut is a research Institute which mainly focus on the study of medieval philosophy from preparing systematic studies of medieval authors. Thomas-Institut was established in 1950 by Josef Koch, who was the professor for medieval philosophy at the University of Cologne which is located in Germany. The director of Thomas-Institut is Andreas Speer, the professor holding the chair in medieval philosophy at the university.


Main areas of expertise

• Intellect, Mind and Soul: Concepts, Stratifications and Boundaries. A Critical Evaluation of the Medieval Debates.
• Conditions of Scientific Discourse in Medieval Arabic, Hebrew, Byzantine and Latin Culture

Ongoing Research Projects
1) The Relationship between Philosophy and Wisdom
      a) Philosophy and Wisdom in the Middle Ages.
              a1) "Rhizomatics": the Art of Living and Wisdom as Bridges for a Transcultural Philosophy.
               a2) New Perspectives in the Historiography of Medieval Philosophy

2) Thomas Aquinas in Philosophical Context
           a) Thomas Aquinas, In librum Beati Dionysii De divinis nominibus expositione, Book IV, Lectiones 1-10
                  a1) Edith Stein's Translations of Aquinas's Works De veritate and De ente et essential.
                  a2) Thomas Aquinas, Quaestio disputata "De libero arbitrio" (De malo VI).

3) The Medieval Theory of Transcendentals.

4) The "Super"-Transcendental and the Splitting of Metaphysics.

5) Radicalisation in lieu of Abolition of the Science of Being. On the Development of First Philosophy from the Late Middle Ages to the 18th Century.

6) Master Eckhart: Historical and Systematical Perspectives.

7) A Mystical Treatise between Convention and Provocation - Possibilities and Limits of Expression in the "Theologia deutsch" ("The Francfurt").

Edition Projects

• The Commentary on the Sentences by Durandus of St. Pourçain (a S. Porciano)- by Durandus of St. Pourçain (1275–1334)
• Critical Edition of the Commentaries on Book V and VI of the Nicomachean Ethics in the Latin Translation by Robert Grosseteste - commentaries on books I-IV (CLCAG 6.1) and VII-X (CLCAG 6.3)
• Averroes: Collected Works


1) Historical-Critical Edition of the Arabic-Latin Translations of Averroes's (Ibn Rushd's) Commentaries on Aristotle.
• Middle Commentary on the Categoriae.
• Long Commentary on the Physica.
• Long Commentary on the Physica, Book VII, according to Ms. Vienna, Austrian National Library, Lat. 2334.
• Arabic Concepts of Metaphysics, Considering in particular Averroes's Epitome on Aristotle's Metaphysics.
• Averroes-Database

2) Historical-Critical Edition of the Opera omnia of Nicolaus Cusanus

• Reformatio generalis (Bd. XV, Fasc. 2), ed. Hans Gerhard Senger, in press.
• De usu communionis; Epistolae ad Bohemos; Intentio (Bd. XV, Fasz. 1), edd. Stefan Nottelmann, Hans Gerhard Senger, in press.
• Sermones CXCIII-CCIII (Bd. XVIII, Fasc. 5), edd. Silvia Donati, Isabelle Mandrella, Hamburg 2005.
• Sermones CCLVIII-CCLXVII (Bd. XIX, Fasc. 5), edd. Heide D. Riemann, Harald Schwaetzer, Franz-Bernhard Stammkötter, Hamburg 2005.
• Sermones CCLXVIII-CCLXXXII (Bd. XIX, Fasc. 6), ed. Heide D. Riemann, Hamburg 2005.
• Sermones CCLXXXIII-CCXCIII (Bd. XIX, Fasc. 7), edd. Silvia Donati, Heide D. Riemann, Hamburg 2005.

3) Historical-Critical Edition of Aristotle's Meteorology in the Latin Translation by William of Moerbeke.

4) Historical-Critical Edition of Book I and II of the Commentary on the Physics by Aegidius Romanus.