Where is Medieval Philosophy going?
Inaugural Lecture delivered on Thursday 13 February 2014
Alain de Libera
Where is medieval philosophy going? It is going to where philosophy is. And it
is there where philosophy is going. It became medieval once the Middle Ages
were over. It was only philosophy when the Middle Ages were still saeculum
modernorum, the “century of the Moderns”, for those living in it. Today, it is
going there where she or he who wants to recount, that is, to relate its
history, must go. The archaeology of the subject draws us, in any case,
through space and time, from the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE) to 18th-century
Scottish philosophy, then to 19th-century Austrian philosophy, and finally to
the 3rd-millenium “deconstruction of the deconstruction”. It is an Averroist
project for post-post-modernism.