The Early Franciscan Tradition: Philosophy and Reception

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All are welcome at this conference on the philosophy and reception and later influence of the Early Franciscan intellectual tradition at Paris (until c. 1245).

Registration (by 8 September 2019)

Please register on Eventbrite for the individual days that you would like to attend. Please cancel your booking before 22 September if you are no longer able to attend.



Conference lunches are available in Trinity College at a subsidized rate. Please book and pay for lunches by 8 September using the link here. Please cancel before 22 September for a full refund if you are no longer able to attend.


A small number of bursaries are available for individuals not resident in Oxford who would like to attend the entire conference. The bursary covers accommodation, lunches, and the conference dinner. To apply for a bursary, please write to Lydia Schumacher by 30 June 2019 indicating your need for the bursary and the reasons for your interest in the conference.

Conference Description

In the second quarter of the thirteenth century, early Franciscan theologians at the University of Paris, above all, Alexander of Hales and John of La Rochelle, worked together to lay down a distinctly Franciscan intellectual tradition for the first time. The product of their efforts was one of the first great Summae of the period, the so-called Summa Halensis. This and other early Franciscan texts have often been regarded as mere attempts to codify the longstanding ‘Augustinian’ tradition of the earlier middle ages. However, four European Research Council workshops held in 2018 on the sources (Greek, Arabic, Latin), methods, context, and doctrinal contents of the Summa have helped to establish this text as the source of many innovations that are often more closely associated with the later Franciscan school. The purpose of the 2019 conference is to explore the philosophical material of the Summa in greater depth and to trace the later reception and development of its innovations. How did ideas laid down initially in the Summa influence and evolve from the generation of Duns Scotus onwards? Speakers include Richard Cross, Volker Leppin, Dominik Perler, Alexander Fidora, Oleg Bychkov, Oliver Davies, William Short, William Courtenay, Nicola Polloni, Jenny E. Pelletier, Russell Friedman, Mary Beth Ingham, Cecilia Trifogli, Riccardo Saccenti, Lesley Smith, Drew Rosato, Magdalena Bieniak, Tiziana Suarez-Nani, and Maarten Hoenen.