John Scottus Eriugena (c.800–c.877)

by Dr. Deirdre Carabine

Deirdre Carabine on Eriugena: introduction, nagative theology, apophasis.


An updated and detailed examination of the manuscripts and editions can be found in the following essay (in Italian): Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi. Iohannes Scottus Eriugena. In La trasmissione dei testi latini del medioevo / Mediaeval Latin Texts and their Transmission. Edited by Chiesa Paolo and Castaldi Lucia. Firenze: SISMEL – Edizioni del Galluzzo 2005, pp. 186-264.

  1. De diuinae praedestinatione (On divine predestination) (ca. 850-851)
  2. In Priscianum [also known as Glosa Prisciani] (ca. 850)
  3. Annotationes in Marcianum (ca. 840-850)
  4. Glosae Martiani (ca. 840-850)
  5. Glossae divinae historiae (850-860)
  6. Versio operum sancti Dionysii Areopagitae (translation of the works of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite) (before 860-864); revised (864-866)
  7. Versio sancti Gregorii Nisseni Sermonis de imagine (translation of Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Image of Man) (862-864)
  8. Versio sancti Maximi Confessoris Ambigua ad lohannem (translation of Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua to John) (862-864)
  9. Versio sancti Maximi Confessoris Quaestiones ad Thalassium (translation of Maximus the Confessor’s Questions to Thalassius) (864-866)
  10. Periphyseon (Concerning Nature) (862-866)
  11. Expositiones in Ierarchiam Coelestem (Exposition on the Celestial Hierarchy of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite) (864-870)
  12. Vox spiritualis aquilae (Homily on the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel) (870-872)
  13. Commentarius in Iohannem (Commentary on St. John’s Gospel) (875-877)
  14. Carmina (Poems) (850-877)
  15. Epistola “Domine Winiberte…”

Works of uncertain attribution

  1. Tractatus in Matheum: Gustavo Piemonte attributed to Eriugena two sections of this lost work that are found in the Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum, a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew attributed to John Chrysostom
  2. Versio Prisciani Lydii Solutiones ad Chosroem regem
  3. Defloratio de libro Ambrosii Macrobii Theodosii De differentiis et societatibus graeci latinique verbi

Lost works

  1. Translation of the Ancoratus of Epiphanius of Salamis
  2. Tractatus de uisione Dei

Modern editions

  1. Johannis, Scoti. 1853. Opera Quae Supersunt Omnia. Paris. Jacques Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina, vol. 122, coll. 439-1022; reprint: Turnhout, Brepols, 1999. The only complete edition, but superseded by the most recent critical editions.
  2. Iohanni, Scotti. 1978. De Divina Praedestinatione, Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaevalis; 50. Turnhout: Brepols. Introduction and notes in French.
  3. Johannis, Scoti. 1982. De Diuina Praedestinatone, Enumeratio Formarum. Turnhout: Brepols. Corpus Christianorum. Instrumenta Lexicologica Latina, 4.
  4. Luhtala, Anneli. 2000. “In Priscianum.” Cahiers de l’Institut du Moyen-Age Grec et Latin no. 71:115-188. Early Medieval Commentary on Priscian’s Institutione grammaticae.
  5. Iohannis, Scotti Eriugenae. 1939. Annotationes in Marcianum. Cambridge: Mediaeval Academy of America. Version ot the Commentary on the De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercuri of Martianus Capella, based on the manuscript Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris , fonds lat., MS 12960 folios 47r – 115v (known as Corbiensis), discovered by Jean-Barthélemy Hauréau: ‘Commentaire de Jean Scot Erigene sur Martianus Capella,’ Notices et Extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliothéque Impériale, XX, 2, 1862, pp. 1-39. Reprinted 2012.
  6. Jeauneau, Edouard. 1978. “Le Commentaire Érigénien Sur Martianus Capella (De Nuptiis, Lib. I) D’aprés Le Manuscrit D’Oxford (Bod. Libr. Auct. T.2.19 Fol. 1-31).” In Quatre Thèmes Érigéniens, 101-186. Paris: Vrin. Conférence Albert-le-Grand 1974. Version of the Annotationes in Marcianum based on the manuscript Oxford Bodleian Library Auct T.2.19, discovered by Lotte Labowsky, A New Version of Scotus Eriugena’s Commentary on Martianus Capella, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, 1, 1941-1943, pp. 187-193.
  7. John, Scottus Eriugena. 1997. Glossae Divinae Historiae. The Biblical Glosses of John Scottus Eriugena. Tavarnuzze – Firenze: Edizioni del Galluzzo.
  8. Joannis, Scoti Erigenae. 1681. De Divisione Naturae Libri Quinque Diu Desiderati; Accedit Appendix Ex Ambiguis S. Maximi Graece Et Latine. Oxford: Theatro Sheldoniano. First printed edition; photographic reproduction, Minerva, Frankfurt, 1964.
  9. Erigenae, Johannis Scoti. 1838. De Divisione Naturae Libri Quinque. Monasterii Guestphalorum: Librariae Aschendorffianae. Editio recognita et emendata accedunt tredecim auctoris ad Carolum Calvum ex palinsestis Angeli Maii.
  10. Johannis, Scoti. 1853. De Divisione Naturae Libri Quinque. Paris. Jacques Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina, vol. 122, coll. 439-1022.
  11. Eriugenae, Iohannis Scotti. 1968. Periphyseon (De Divisione Naturae), Scriptores Latini Hiberniae. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Book First: Nature which creates and is not created (1968); Book Second: Nature which is created and creates (1972); Book Third: Nature which is created and does not create (1981). Latin text established with the collaboration of Ludwig Bieler and English translation by Inglis Patrick Sheldon-Williams. Book Fourth: On the man (1995) Latin text edited by Édouard A. Jeauneau with the assistance of Mark A. Zier; English translation by John O’Meara and I. P. Sheldon-Williams. Book Five: Nature which neither is created nor creates (not published; see the critical edition by E. Jeauneau). The edition of the Latin text by Sheldon-Williams has been criticized: see the reviews by P. Lucentini (1976), J. Marenbon (1982), A. Breen (1991), in the Annotated bibliography on the Philosophical Work of Eriugena.
  12. Johannis, Scotti seu Eriugenae. 1996. Periphyseon, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis. Turnhout: Brepols. Critical edition of the Latin text in five volumes, with introduction in French to every volume. Liber primus: Natura quae creat et non creatur (1996); Liber secundus: Natura quae creatur et creat (1997); Liber tertius: Natura quae creatur et non creat (1999); Liber quartus: De homine (2000); Liber quintus: Natura quae nec creat nec creatur (2003). Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis, voll. 161, 162, 163, 164, 165.
  13. Allard, Guy-H., ed. 1983. Periphyseon. Indices Generales. Paris: Vrin.
  14. Johannes, Scottus Eriugena. 2007. Iohannes Scottus Seu Eriugena, Periphyseon / Curante Ctlo, Centre “Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium”, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis. Turnhout: Brepols. Instrumenta lexicologica latina. Series A. Enumeratio formarum, concordantia formarum, index formarum a tergo ordinatarum. (Keyword concordance).
  15. Jeauneau, Edouard, and Dutton, Paul Edward. 1996. The Autograph of Eriugena. Turnhout: Brepols.
  16. Eriugenae, Iohannis Scotti. 1975. Iohannis Scoti Eriugenae Expositiones in Ierarchiam Coelestem, Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio Mediaeualis 31. Turnholt: Brepols. Contains also the Latin translation of Pseudo-Dyonisius the Areopagite De coelesti hierarchia made by Eriugena.
  17. Jean, Scot. 1969. Jean Scot. Homélie Sur Le Prologue De Jean, Sources Chrétiennes; 151. Paris: Éditions du Cerf. Introduction, critical text, French translation and notes by Édouard Jeauneau (Sources chrétiennes, 151). New edition of the Latin text: Turnhout, Brepols, 2008 [see the section on the Editions].
  18. ———. 1972. Commentaire Sur L’évangile De Jean, Sources Chrétiennes; 180. Paris: Éditions du Cerf. Introduction, critical text, French translation and notes by Édouard Jeauneau (Sources chrétiennes, 180). Reprinted, with additions and corrections 1999. New edition of the Latin text: Turnhout, Brepols, 2008.
  19. Eriugenae, Iohannis Scotti. 2008. Johannis Scotti Seu Eriugenae Homilia Super “in Principio Erat Verbum”; Et Commentarius in Evangelium Iohannis. Turnhout: Brepols. Critical edition by E. Jeauneau and Andrew J. Hicks with Introductions in French.
  20. Johannes, Scoti. 1896. “Carmina.” In Monumenta Germanie Historica, Poetae Latini Aevi Carolini, Iii, edited by Traube, Ludwig, 518-556. Berlin: Weidmann. This edition is superseded by that of M. W. Herren (1993).
  21. Iohannis, Scotti. 1993. Carmina. Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Latin and Greek text with English translation.
  22. Eriugenae, Iohannis Scotti. 1972. “Epistola “Domine Winiberte…”.” Le Moyen Âge.Revue d’Histoire et de Philologie no. 1:5-39. In: John J. Contreni, A propos de quelques manuscrits de l’école de Laon au IXe siècle: découvertes et problèmes, pp. 9-14. “The three mss in question are related to the study of Virgil and of Martianus Capella. MS Laon Bibl. Municipale 24 contains on fol. 1r a letter to a certain Winibertus, probably abbot of Schüttern in connection with the correction of a copy of the De nuptiis. The letter is in an Irish hand, possibly that of Eriugena. Winibertus (Wenebertus) was known for his scholarly activities which are documented in a poem by Walafrid Strabo. The author of this study emphasises the links between contemporary Irish scholarship in the Rhineland and at Laon. A second Laon ms, MS 468, is a handbook for the study of Virgil and of the liberal arts, from which the text of a poetic vita of Virgil is here transcribed (pp. 17-21), part of it identifiable as the Vita Ternensie, the remainder probably from Donatus. This manuscript had belonged to Martinus Scottus. Marginal notes in an Irish hand indicate knowledge of Isidore of Seville. The removal of manuscripts of classical texts from Laon in the 16th and 17th century renaissance resulted in discoveries in other libraries of texts related to e.g. MS Laon 444. The author discusses one Vatican manuscript of such probable origin (cf. C. Leonardi, ‘Nuove voci poetiche tra secolo IX e XI’, Studi medievali, 3a serie, II, 1961, 139-168) the authorship of which might be traced to Auxerre in the late 9th or early 10th century, and probably to Remigius.” (B.).

Modern editions of Eriugena’s Latin translations from Greek

  1. Johannis, Scoti. 1853. “Ioannis Scoti Versio Operum S. Dioniysii Areopagitae.” In Opera Quae Supersunt Omnia, edited by Floss, Heinrich Joseph. Paris. Patrologia Latina vol. 122, coll. 1023-1194.
  2. Chevallier, Philippe, ed. 1937. Dionysiaca I-Ii. Bruges: Desclée de Brouwer. Recueil donnant l’ensemble des traductions latines des attribués au Denys de l’Aéropage. Contains the Latin translation by Eriugena of the works of Pseudo-Dyonisius the Areopagite in two volumes I (1937); II (1950).
  3. A Thirteenth-Century Textbook of Mystical Theology at the University of Paris. 2004. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. The Mystical Theology of Dionysius the Areopagite in Eriugena’s Latin translation, with the scholia translated by Anastasius the Librarian, and excerpts from Eriugena’s Periphyseon. Edition, translation, and introduction by L. Michael Harrington.
  4. Laga, Carl, and Steel, Carlos, eds. 1980. Maximi Confessoris Quaestiones Ad Thalassium Una Cum Latina Interpretatione Ioannis Scotti Eriugenae Iuxta Posita. Turnhout: Brepols. Greek text and Latin translation on opposite pages; editorial matter in French. Vol. I. Quaestiones I-LV; Vol. II. Quaestiones LVI-LXV.
  5. Jeauneau, Édouard, ed. 1988. Maximi Confessoris. Ambigua Ad Iohannem, Iuxta Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae Latinam Interpretationem. Turnhout: Brepols. Latin text with commentary in French.
  6. Cappuyns, Maïeul. 1965. “Le De Imagine De Grégoire De Nysse Traduit Par Jean Scot Érigène.” Recherches de Théologie Ancienne et Médiévale no. 32:205-262. Publication of the Latin translation (made ca. 862-864) by John Scottus of the De hominis opificio XVI by Grégory of Nissa (P. L. 122, coll. 793C-797C), based on ms. Bamberg B. IV. 13.

Modern editions of the works of uncertain attribution

  1. Pseudo-Ioannes, Chrysostomus. 1862. “Opus Imperfectum Im Matthaeum.” In Patrologia Graeca. Vol. 56, edited by Migne, Jacques Paul, 611-946. Paris. English translation: Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum) with an introduction and notes by James A. Kellerman, edited by Thomas C. Oden; Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010, two volumes. The work is probably a compilation of different writings; two groups of homilies: (C1 = 24-31, Migne: 756-798 and C2 = 46b-54, Migne: 897-946) were attributed by Gustavo Piemonte (1996, 2002) to a lost work of Eriugena, the Tractatus in Matheum (a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew). This attribution was accepted by Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi (2005), but has been challenged by Peter Dronke in his Introduction to the Italian translation of the first book of the Periphyseon (Giovanni Scoto, Sulle nature dell’universo. Libro I, Milano, Fondazione Lorenzo Valla – Arnoldo Modadori, 2012, pp. XXXI-XXXII. See also Jean-Paul Bouhot, Adapatations latines de l’Homèlie de Jean Chrysostome sur Pierre et Elie (CPG 4513), Revue bénédictine, 112, 2002, pp. 201-235: according to the Author the part of the homilies corresponding to C1 and C2 was written in the Carolingian period. Sigebert of Gembloux (c. 1030 – 1112) in his Catalogus Sigeberti Gemblacensis monachi de viris illustribus, Chapter LXV, wrote: “Joannes Scotus, in exponendis divinis et humanis scripturis satis idoneus, fecit tractatus in Matthaeum. Scripsit librum De officiis humanis et alia quae ab aliis habentur.” (John Scotus, in explaining the divine and human Scriptures, made a tractatus in Mattheum. He wrote the book of the human duties and other things which others have.” (critical edition by Robert Witte, Bern, Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 1974, p. 71; old edition in Migne, Patrologia Latina, 56, with the title Liber de scriptoribus ecclesiasticis, coll. 547-592). For completeness, I give also the traditional view on the authorship of this work: “The Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum is a set of fifty-four Latin homilies on the first gospel which throughout the Middle Ages were believed to be translations of Greek homilies by John Chrysostom. In reality, they are probably the work of an unidentified Arian bishop or priest writing in Latin in the fifth or sixth century. The great range of dates, authors, and places of origin that have been proposed for these homilies (up through the 1960s) is usefully summarized by Gauthier (1972 pp. 50-54). Dekkers (CPL 707) captures a dominant trend in the scholarship in advocating a date of composition in the mid-sixth century; however, Joop van Banning, the senior editor of a new edition in progress, believes the Opus was composed in the second or third quarter of the fifth century (CCSL 87B.v). Schlatter’s (1988) suggestion that the author was Anianus of Celeda is deemed “attractive” yet “problematic” by Cooper (1993), who cautions against accepting this hypothesis without further evidence.” (Thomas N. Hall). Forthcoming in: Thomas N. Hall (ed.), Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. Volume 5: Julius Caesar to Pseudo-Cyril of Alexandria, Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. References: – Banning Joop van, 1988. Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum. Praefatio, Turnhout, Brepols. – Cooper, Kate. 1993. “An(n)ianus of Celeda and the Latin Readers of John Chrysostom.” Studia Patristica 27: 249-55. – Dekkers Eligius, 1995. Clavis patrum latinorum: qua in corpus christianorum edendum optimas quasque scriptorum recensiones a Tertulliano ad Bedam, Third edtion, Turnhout, Brepols. – Gauthier, Roland. 1972. La Vierge Marie d’après l”Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum’. in: De cultu mariano saeculis VI-XI: Acta Congressus Mariologici-Mariani Internationalis in Croatia anno 1971 celebrati, ed. Joseph Lécuyer et al., vol 3. pp. 49-66. 5 vols. Rome. – Schlatter, Frederick W. 1988. “The Author of the Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum”. Vigiliae Christianae 42: 364-75. (See my Annotated bibliography on the Philosophical Work of Eriugena for the complete references).
  2. Priscianus, Lydus. 1853. “Solution Des Problèmes Proposés Par Chosroes: Traité Inédit De Priscien Le Philosophe.” Bibliothèque de l’École des chartes no. 4:248-263.
  3. Johannis, Scoti. 1868. “Defloratio De Macrobii Libro De Differentiis Et Societatibus Graeci Latinique Verbi Quam Iohannes (Scilicet Scotus Eriugena) Carpserat (Excerpta Parisina).” In Grammatici Latini Vol. 5, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 599-630. Lipsia: B. G. Teubner. This edition is supersed by that of P. De Paolis (1990).
  4. Macrobii, Theodosii. 1990. De Verborum Graeci Et Latini Differentiis Vel Societatibus Excerpta. Urbino: QuattroVenti. Edizione critica a cura di Paolo De Paolis.



  1. John, Scottus Eriugena. 1998. Treatise on Divine Predestination. Notre Dame: Indiana University Press. Translated by Mary Brennan; with an introduction by Avital Wohlman.
  2. Johannes, Scotus Erigena. 1976. Periphyseon. On the Division of Nature. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill. Translation of nearly half of Periphyseon by Myra Uhlfelder, with introduction and summaries by Jean A. Potter. Reprint: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene (Oregon), 2011. Contents: Translator’s Preface VII-VIII; Introduction IX-XLI; Selected bibliography XLIII; Book I 1; Book II 107; Book III 123; Book IV 207; Book V 271-362. “This work is an attempt to present Eriugena’s Periphyseon: On the Division of Nature in a fuller translation than is now readily available in English. Where the text has not been translated, summaries have been inserted to give a precise and reasonably detailed idea of the content of passages deleted. The procedure ranges from a complete translation of Book 1 to a treatment of Book 2 almost entirely by summary except for the inclusion of a few brief excerpts. Books 3, 4, and 5 include fairly lengthy passages in translation joined by summaries. The basic Latin text followed is Floss’s edition, printed in volume 122 of Migne’s Patrologia Latina. Sheldon-Williams’s recent edition of Books 1 and 2 is based on earlier manuscripts and would have to be adopted by anyone concerned primarily with paleographical and textual problems. In several passages as noted, Sheldon-Williams’s readings are helpful in establishing a controversial reading or correcting a faulty one. On the whole, however, it is encouraging to see how reliable the older text is. The future availability of a complete modern edition, desirable for a number of reasons, will fortunately not invalidate scholarship based on the earlier edition. For a translator who still needs the Floss text for the later books of the Periphyseon, this essential soundness of the Floss text is both important and heartening.” (from the Translator’s Preface).
  3. John, Scottus Eriugena. 1987. Periphyseon. (the Division of Nature). Montréal: Bellarmin. Translation by I. P. Sheldon-Williams. Revised by John J. O’Meara. “About this translation. The first three books of this translation are a reproduction, with the minimum necessary adjustments, of that by Dr. I.P. Sheldon-Williams in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies’ edition of the Periphyseon, still in course of completion, for which due gratitude to the Institute is hereby expressed. To this has been added the publication of a draft translation of the remaining two books of the work, exactly as edited by H.J. Floss in Migne’s Patrologia Latina 122, prepared by Sheldon-Williams and considerably revised by me – not however, for reasons of desirable continuity, to the extent of eliminating unusual elements of style and structure that indicate Sheldon-Williams’ close and conscious affinity with Eriugena. The marginalia for books 4 and 5 are taken from MS Bamberg H.J.IV 6, as reproduced by M. Cappuyns in Jean Scot Erigene 207-13. The numbers and letters in the margins refer to the columns and sections of P.L. 122; the numbers (only) refer to the sequence of chapters there. The terms (N)utritor and (A)lumnus correspond to Master and Disciple. For all references, including Biblical, notes, and some help with the use of brackets (especially in the early books) the reader is referred, when it is available, to the Dublin Institute’s edition.” John J. O’Meara.
  4. O’Meara, John J. 1988. “Homily of John Scot, the Translator of the Hierarchy of Dionysius.” In Eriugena, 158-176. Oxford: Oxford University Press. First English translation of the Homily on the Prologue to St John’s Gospel.
  5. Johannes, Scotus Erigena. 1990. The Voice of the Eagle. Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John. Translation of Homilia in prologum Sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem, with an introduction and reflections by Christopher Bamford.
  6. Rorem, Paul. 2005. Eriugena’s Commentary on the Dionysian Celestial Hierarchy. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. translations of major sections of the Expositiones in Ierarchiam coelestem are appended (pp. 180-226), as well as John’s prologue to his earlier translation of the Dionysian corpus (pp. 174-179). “The book is a comprehensive study of John Scotus Eriugena’s commentary (Expositiones) on the Pseudo-Dionysian Celestial Hierarchy, with special attention given to its literary form and theological content. The order for introducing various aspects of the Expositiones follows the format of the work itself: first in John’s own order comes the Dionysian text in translation, followed by a paraphrase or two and then by Eriugena’s own comments, sometimes on particular sources, more often on the points of doctrine he wants to expound. Thus this book starts with the author, that is, John’s perspective on Dionysius himself (Chapter I: “Dionysian Biographies”). For Eriugena, Dionysius was the Athenian Areopagite, but was he also the Parisian martyr Saint Denis? Turning to the text of The Celestial Hierarchy, the particular Greek codex John was working with contained its own variants and challenges (Chapter II: “The Greek Manuscript and Its Problems”). Next comes a study of John’s “Patterns of Translation and Paraphrase” (Chapter III). After his multiple paraphrases, Eriugena often adds his own expository remarks, sometimes invoking other sources, especially the remaining works of the Dionysian corpus (Chapter IV). Those interested primarily in John’s philosophical theology could turn directly to the last three chapters, spanning the arc of “procession and return” so characteristic of the Periphyseon. The Expositiones show a particular interest in creation (Chapter V), anthropology (Chapter VI) and “Christ and Salvation” (Chapter VII). Eriugena’s treatment of the doctrine of creation includes a particularly innovative understanding of creatio ex nihilo. His anthropology turns on the question of humanity’s relationship to the divine, whether immediate (unmediated) or mediated or somehow both. The discussion of Christ includes skillful expansions of the biblical and Dionysian images for Christ, and a presentation of salvation as “theosis” or deification. translations of major sections of the Expositiones are appended, as well as John’s prologue to his earlier translation of the Dionysian corpus. The book also contains a bibliography, an index of premodern and modern names, a scriptural index, and an index to the works of Eriugena.”
  7. A Thirteenth-Century Textbook of Mystical Theology at the University of Paris. 2004. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. The Mystical Theology of Dionysius the Areopagite in Eriugena’s Latin translation, with the scholia translated by Anastasius the Librarian, and excerpts from Eriugena’s Periphyseon. Edition, translation, and introduction by L. Michael Harrington.
  8. Iohannis, Scotti Eriugenae. 1993. Carmina. Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Latin and Greek text with English translation.


  1. Érigène, Jean Scot. 1995. De La Division De La Nature. Periphyseon. Livre I. La Nature Créatrice Incréée. Livre Ii. La Nature Créatrice Créée. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. Introduction, traduction et notes par Francis Bertin.
  2. ———. 1995. De La Division De La Nature. Periphyseon. Livre Iii. La Nature Créée Incréatrice. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. Introduction, traduction et notes par Francis Bertin.
  3. ———. 2000. De La Division De La Nature. Periphyseon. Livre Iv. La Nature Créée Incréatrice. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. Introduction, traduction notes par Francis Bertin.
  4. ———. 2009. De La Division De La Nature. Periphyseon. Livre V. La Nature Incréatrice Et Incréée. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. Introduction, traduction notes par Francis Bertin.
  5. ———. 1969. Jean Scot. Homélie Sur Le Prologue De Jean, Sources Chrétiennes; 151. Paris: Éditions du Cerf. Introduction, texte critique, traduction et notes de Édouard Jeauneau. Introduction, critical text, French translation and notes by Édouard Jeauneau (Sources chrétiennes, 151). New edition of the Latin text: Turnhout, Brepols, 2008 [se the section on the Editions].
  6. Jean, Scot. 1972. Commentaire Sur L’évangile De Jean, Sources Chrétiennes; 180. Paris: Éditions du Cerf. Introduction, critical text, French translation and notes by Édouard Jeauneau (Sources chrétiennes, 180). Reprinted, with additions and corrections 1999. New edition of the Latin text: Turnhout, Brepols, 2008 [see the section on the Editions].


  1. Giovanni, Scoto. 2003. De Praedestinatione Liber. Dialettica E Teologia All’apogeo Della Rinascenza Carolingia. Firenze: Edizioni del Galluzzo. Edizione critica, saggio introduttivo, traduzione e indici lessicali cura di Ernesto Sergio N. Mainoldi.
  2. ———. 2012. Sulle Nature Dell’universo. Libro I (Periphyseon). Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Testo latino a fronte, basato sulla Versione II dell’edizione di Édouard Jeauneau (Turnhot, Brepols, 1996-2003), traduzione di Michela Pereira, introduzione e commento di Peter Dronke.
  3. ———. 2013. Sulle Nature Dell’universo. Libro II (Periphyseon). Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Testo latino a fronte, basato sulla Versione II dell’edizione di Édouard Jeauneau (Turnhot, Brepols, 1996-2003), traduzione di Michela Pereira, introduzione e commento di Peter Dronke.
  4. ———. 2014. Sulle Nature Dell’universo. Libro III (Periphyseon). Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Testo latino a fronte, basato sulla Versione II dell’edizione di Édouard Jeauneau (Turnhot, Brepols, 1996-2003), traduzione di Michela Pereira, introduzione e commento di Peter Dronke.
  5. ———. 2016. Sulle Nature Dell’universo. Libro IV (Periphyseon). Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Testo latino a fronte, basato sulla Versione II dell’edizione di Édouard Jeauneau (Turnhot, Brepols, 1996-2003), traduzione di Michela Pereira, introduzione e commento di Peter Dronke.
  6. ———. 2017. Sulle Nature Dell’universo. Libro V (Periphyseon). Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Testo latino a fronte, basato sulla Versione II dell’edizione di Édouard Jeauneau (Turnhot, Brepols, 1996-2003), traduzione di Michela Pereira, introduzione e commento di Peter Dronke.
  7. Giovanni, Scoto Eriugena. 2013. Divisione Della Natura. Milano: Bompiani. Testo latino dell’edizione Jeauneau a fronte. Presentazione di Giovanni Reale. Traduzione. introduzione, note e saggio integrativo a cura di Nicola Gorlani.
  8. Scoto, Eriugena. 2011. Il Cammino Di Ritorno a Dio. Il Periphyseon. Milano: Mimesis. Antologia del V libro a cura di Vittorio Chieti.
  9. Giovanni, Scoto. 1987. Omelia Sul Prologo Di Giovanni. Milano: Mondadori – Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. Introduzione e traduzione di Marta Cristiani, testo latino dell’edizione di Jeauneau (con alcune varianti).
  10. Scoto, Eriugena, Remigio, di Auxerre, Bernardo, Silvestre, and Anonimi. 2006. Tutti I Commenti a Marziano Capella. Milano: Bompiani. Testo latino con traduzione Italiana a fronte a cura di Ilaria Ramelli; presentazione di Giovanni Reale.
  11. Scoto, Eriugena. 2014. Carmi. Milano: Jaca Book. Prefazione di Giulio D’Onofrio. Introduzione, traduzione con testo a fronte e note di Filippo Colnago.


  1. Johannes, Scotus Erigena. 1984. Über Die Einteilung Der Natur. Hamburg: Felix Meiner. I. Erste Abteilung (Vorwort der Übersetzers und Übersetzung von Ludwig Noack des ersten, zweiten und dritten Buchs) Berlin, 1870; II. Zweite Abteilung (Buch vier bis Schluss des Werkes), Berlin, 1874. Nachdruck mit einer Vorbemerkung und neuer Bibliographie von Werner Beierwaltes.
  2. ———. 1988. Denken in Gespräch Mit Dem Engel. Stuttgart: Verlag Freies Geisteleben. Translation of the Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John.
  3. ———. 2000. Die Stimme Des Adlers. Homilie Zum Prolog Des Johannesevangeliums. Zürich: Chalice Verlag. Übertragen und kommentiert von Christopher Bamford.


  1. Juan, Escoto Eriúgena. 2007. Sobre Las Naturalezas (Periphyseon). Pamplona: Eunsa. Introducción y notas de Lorenzo Velázquez; traducción de Lorenzo Velázquez y Pedro Arias.

Bibliographical resources about Eriugena

  1. Brennan, Mary. 1977. “A Bibliography of Publications in the Field of Eriugenian Studies, 1800-1975.” Studi Medievali no. 18:401-447. Preface by Werner Beierwaltes. Introductory note: “The bibliography which follows was initially compiled for the use of members of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies established in 1970. While drawing attention to my major Bibliographical sources, indicated in Section I. a., I wish to acknowledge my particular indebtedness to the following members of that Society: W. Beierwaltes, L. Bieler, J. J. Contreni, J. Garcia, E. Jeauneau, H. Liebeschütz and G. Schrimpf. Most particularly I would wish to acknowledge my great debt of gratitude to the late I. P. Sheldon-Williams for his guidance at the early stages of this work. I should like also to express my thanks to the former librarian of University College, Dublin, Miss Ellen Power, as well as to assistant librarians R. Brennan and M. Dennigan Brown for much practical help. Finally, I want sincerely to thank Professor John O’Meara of University College under whose direction the work was undertaken and with whose encouragement it is now being published, as also the editor of Studi Medievali, Professor Claudio Leonardi, who has made publication possibile. The bibliography attempts to cover a limited field. It has been necessary to make judgments in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of items of related interest. For any shortcomings in this regard I take sole responsibility.” The bibliography contains 520 titles plus 66 Addenda, Index of Authors pp. 443-447.
  2. ———. 1989. Guide Des Études Érigéniennes. Bibliographie Commentée Des Publications 1930-1987 – a Guide to Eriugenian Studies. A Survey of Publications 1930-1987. Paris: Éditions du Cerf. Summaries of 523 publications. From the Introduction: “A short section of this survey (I (b): 14-19) draws attention to progress in Eriugenian studies and, in an attempt to illustrate such progress, the individual sections are ordered chronologically from 1930 to 1987 (alphabetically within each year). The year 1930 has been chosen as an appropriate starting point, barely introducing, as it does, the publication in 1933 of Jean Scot Erigène, sa vie, son œuvre, sa pensée by Dom Maïeul Cappuyns (Louvain/Paris 1933; reprint Brussels 1964). That volume was a major contribution to Eriugenian studies in this century. If it does not figure in the body of this survey or in the indices this is because the present writer regards it as meriting a separate survey. One may repeat the judgement of G. Mathon (*) that it dispenses us for the most part from reading the literature that pre-dates it. Hence it seems advisable that any student of Eriugena should begin with Cappuyns. The volume is provided with important bibliography, effective indices and a wealth of analytic treatment within the text itself. It could be assigned to all sections of the present survey, apart from III, (b) Editions, and (c) Instrumenta Lexicologica. On the other hand, acknowledgement is also due to Migne, Patrologia Latina CXXII (Paris 1853) whose publication date lies outside the scope of this survey but which for over a century provided the sole printed edition of most of the works of Eriugena. The present survey is intended as a guide for students and others who may be approaching the study of Eriugena from a great variety of perspectives. The compiler has striven to present summaries of the material read and not to pass judgement. Titles of books or articles are not always informative and the summaries, even when they may appear to run to some length, are intended only to indicate to the reader the main direction of the publication in question. In the case of books, published reviews have been listed or longer review articles summarised. Unpublished theses have not been included, with the single exception of the study of Greek sources by L. Vietorisz (**). Published Acta of conferences are listed both under the editor’s name and the names of individual authors of papers. In only two cases is a publication by a single author listed twice, where two quite separate studies appeared in one volume. Where a publication that could be assigned to more than one section has been assigned to only one, the Indices which follow the survey are intended to expand on the information implied by the section headings and titles.” (*) Gérard Mathon, Jean Scot Erigène, in: G. Jacquemet (ed.), Catholicisme hier, aujourd’hui, demain, VI (1967) cols. 626-631. (**) Lenke Vietorisz, Greek Sources in the ‘Periphyseon’ of John Scotus, called Eriugena, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 1966. The volume contains 523 titles.
  3. Riel, Gerd van. 1996. “A Bibliographical Survey of Eriugenian Studies 1987-1995.” In Iohannes Scottus Eriugena: The Bible and Hermeneutics. Proceedings of the Ninth International Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies Held at Leuven and Louvain-La-Neuve, June 7-10, 1995, edited by Riel, Gerd van, Steel, Carlos and McEnvoy, James, 367-400. Leuven: Leuven University Press. “This bibliography is intended to complement the extensive Bibliographical study of Mary Brennan [Guide to Erigenian studies], whose work covers the period from 1930 to 1987. Among the sources we used, the most important are Medioevo Latino. Bollettino bibliografico della cultura europea dal secolo VI al XIII, a cura di C. Leonardi, Spoleto (Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo); the Répertoire Bibliographique de la Philosophie – Bibliografisch Repertorium van de Wijsbegeerte, Louvain-la-Neuve (Editions de l’Institut Supérieur de Philosophie) Leuven; and the Bibliography which Prof. J. McEvoy periodically published in Eriugena. The Annual Bulletin of SPES (1992 – ). Contrary to M. Brennan’s practice, we did not arrange the references by subject item. Instead, we used larger subdivisions: 1) Bibliographical Surveys, 2) Editions, 3) translations, 4) Proceedings and Festschriften, 5) Collected Papers, 6) Monographs, and 7) Articles. All papers included in the volumes mentioned under the heading “Proceedings and Festschriften” figure also as separate articles in the corresponding section. Summaries are given only when the reference to Eriugena is not clearly stated in the title. Reviews are listed under the sign ‘I’. Items marked with an asterisk (*) refer to publications earlier than 1987, not present in the survey of M. Brennan. I am deeply indebted to all the contributors to this volume (particularly to Prof. J. Contreni and É. Jeauneau), to Prof. W. Beierwaltes and D. Moran, for their willingness to revise the first draft of this survey, and for the additions they suggested. I also want to express my profound gratitude to Prof. C. Steel, for his support and sympathy. Magistro discipulus opusculum dedico.” List of 302 titles.
  4. ———. 2002. “Eriugenian Studies 1995-2000.” In History and Eschatology in John Scottus Eriugena and His Time. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies – Maynooth and Dublin August 16-20, 2000, edited by McEnvoy, James and Dunne, Michael, 611-636. Leuven: Leuven University Press. “The work of John Scottus Eriugena continues to interest modern scholars. The last lustrum saw the publication of a large amount of articles and books devoted to this early medieval thinker. The most important event in the field of Eriugenian studies was the textual edition, by Edouard Jeauneau, of the Periphyseon (de divisione naturae), which will soon be fully achieved. One can expect that this critical edition of Eriugena’s major work will give an extra stimulus to the ever growing stream of publications on the Irish master. This survey of Eriugenian studies completes the “Bibliographical Survey of Eriugenian Studies 1987-1995” [referred to as Van Riel 1996], which was published in the proceedings of the Ninth Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies (lohannes Scottus Eriugena. The Bible and Hermeneutics, ed. G. Van Riel, C. Steel, and J. McEvoy, Leuven, 1996, p.367-400). We have adopted the same subdivisions here (editions, translations, monographs, and articles). The survey also contains an index (authors, topics, and manuscripts), which covers not only the present list of works, but also the “Bibliographical Survey 1987-1995″ [the numbers 1-302 refer to items listed there]. This provides the reader with a complete and indexed survey of the period from 1987 to 2000.” List of 134 titles.
  5. Sheldon Williams, Inglis Patrick. 1959. “A Bibliography of the Works of Johannes Scottus Eriugena.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History no. 10:198-224. “This bibliography is part of the preparation of an edition of Eriugena’s Periphyseon (De diuisione naturae) for the series, Scriptores latini Hiberniae, published by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. It supplements the shorter one contained in J. F. Kenney’s Sources for the Early History of Ireland, I: Ecclesiastical (New York 1929), and, except in the lists of MSS., does not repeat what is contained there. The letter K against a MS. indicates that it is mentioned by Kenney. Dom Maieul Cappuyns’s study, [Jean Scot Erigène: sa vie, son œuvre, sa pensée] published in 1933, would have afforded a broader and sounder foundation to build upon, but its Bibliographical material, though ample, is not systematically arranged. Kenney supplies the form, Cappuyns the greater part of the matter, the rest of which derives from researches carried out since he wrote. In the light of these researches Eriugena is shown to be the author of the following: 1. De Praedestinatione (851) . 2. A commentary on the De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii of Martianus Capella (859/860). 3. A commentary on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy III, met. 9 (between 859 and 862). 4. A translation of the works of Dionysius the Areopagite (between 86o and 862). 5. A translation of the Ambigua of Maximus the Confessor (between 862 and 864). 6. A translation of the De hominis opificio of Gregory of Nyssa (De Imagine) (between 862 and 864). 7. A translation of the De fide of Epiphanius. 8. Periphyseon (De diuisione naturae) (between 864 and 866). 9. Expositiones super Ierarchiam caelestem (between 865 and 870). 10. A revised version of the translation of Dionysius (between 865 and 875). 11.A homily on the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel. 12. A commentary on St. John’s Gospel. 13. Tractatus de uisione Dei. 14. Poems. Of these fourteen works eight are included in Floss’s edition in P.L., CXXII: De Praedestinatione, the translation of Dionysius (the earlier version, emended to some extent from the later), the translation of Maximus (incomplete), Periphyseon, Expositiones (incomplete), the homily and three of the four extant fragments of the commentary on the Fourth Gospel, and the poems (incomplete). A new and complete edition of the poems was published by Traube in 1896, and in recent years editions have appeared of the Boethius commentary, the missing portion of the Expositiones, and a commentary on Martianus Capella in which parts, at least, of Eriugena’s work are included. The MSS. of the De Imagine and the rest of the translation of the Ambigua have been identified by Cappuyns (as, with less certainty, a fourth fragment of the commentary on St. John) but have not been published. The translation of Epiphanius and the Tractatus have not been discovered.”
  6. ———. 1965. “A List of the Works Doubtfully or Wrongly Attributed to Johannes Scottus Eriugena.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History no. 15:76-98. “Eriugena made a name for himself both by his outstanding scholarship and by the boldness, not to say the heterodoxy, of his opinions. As a natural consequence of this, there has been since the Middle Ages a tendency to attribute to him works displaying these characteristics for which no more likely author could be found. My ‘Bibliography’ of Eriugena (*) was an attempt to give an account of his genuine writings purged of these accretions, and I made no reference to them in it. As, however, many of them have been published under his name in Migne’s Patrologia and elsewhere, and as the literature in which their genuineness is questioned or refuted is not always easily accessible, it seemed that a supplement to the ‘Bibliography’ containing a list of the works that were excluded from it with, where possible, the reasons for their exclusion might be useful. This supplement breaks no new ground: particularly, my debt to Dom Maïeul Cappuyns is greater than in the ‘Bibliography’ for, whereas more Eriugena material has come to light since he wrote, I know of no work excluded by him from the Eriugena corpus which has since been proved to be genuine. Such value as this note has is that of convenience. It cannot in all respects follow the shape of the ‘Bibliography’, in which I gave a catalogue of Eriugena’s writings, as fully documented as possible and (except for the Poems) in chronological order. Pseudepigrapha do not require such documentation and do not lend themselves to chronological arrangement. But, since some sort of order must be adopted, I have tried to align them as far as possible with the stages of Eriugena’s development as revealed in his genuine extant works, in which he shows himself first (in the De praedestinatione) as a controversialist, then (in the commentaries on Martianus Capella and Boethius) as a grammarian and logician, and finally, after reading the Greek Fathers, as a Christian Platonist philosopher. Among the works doubtfully or falsely attributed to him, apologetics are represented by a treatise on the eucharist, grammar and logic by works on Aristotle, Porphyry, the two Priscians, Macrobius, which, if they ever existed, would probably belong to this group; and philosophy by works related to, or influenced by, the translations of the ps.-Dionysius. As in the ‘Bibliography’ I have left poetical works to the end.” (*) Journal of Ecclesiastical History, X (1959), 198-224.

For the current research on Eriugena see: Medioevo latino. Bollettino bibliografico della cultura europea da Boezio a Erasmo (secoli VI-XV) / Medioevo latino. A Bibliographical Bulletin of European Culture from Boethius to Erasmus (VIth to XVth century).

Proceedings of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenan Studies (SPES)

  1. O’Meara, John J., and Bieler, Ludwig, eds. 1973. The Mind of Eriugena. Dublin: Irish University Press. Papers of a Colloquium, Dublin, 14-18 July 1970. Contents (every essay os followed by a Discussion): John J. O’Meara; Introduction VII; 1. I. P. Sheldon-Williams: Eriugena’s Greek Sources 1; 2. Jean Pépin: Mysteria et Symbola dans le commentaire de Jean Scot sur l’evangile de Saint Jean 16; 3. Robert Russell: Some Augustinian Influences in Eriugena’s De diuisione naturae 31; 4. Marta Cristiani: Le problème du lieu et du temps dans le livre Ier du ‘Periphyseon’ 41; 5. Hans Liebeschütz: The Place of the Martianus Glossae in the Development of Eriugena’s Thought 49; 6. René Roques: Traduction ou interpretation? Brèves remarques sur Jean Scot traducteur de Denys 59; 7. Paul Meyvaert: Eriugena’s Translation of the Ad Thalassium of Maximus: Preliminaries to an Edition of this Work 78; 8. Jeanne Barbet: La tradition du texte latin de la Hiérarchie céleste dans les manuscrits des Expositiones in Hierarchiam caelestem 89; 9. Jean Trouillard: Erigène et la théophanie creatrice 98; 10. Edouard Jeauneau: Influences érigénionnes dans une homélie d’Héric d’Auxerre 114; 11. Gangolf Schrimpf: Zur Frage der Authentizität unserer Texte von Johannes Scottus’ ‘Annotationes in Martianum’ 125; 12. Ludwig Bieler: Remarks on Eriugena’s Original Latin Prose 140; 13. Guy-H. Allard: La structure litteraire de la composition du De diuisione naturae 147; 14. Nikolaus M. Haring: John Scottus in Twelfth Century Angelology 158; 15. Marie-Thérèse d’Alverny: Une rencontre symbolique de Jean Scot Erigène et d’Avicenne. Notes sur le De causis primis et secundis et fluxu qui consequitur eas 170; 16. Yves Christe: Quelques portails romans et l’idee de théophanie selon Jean Scot Erigène 182; 17. Werner Beierwaltes: The Revaluation of John Scottus Eriugena in German Idealism 190-199.
  2. Roques, René, ed. 1977. Jean Scot Erigène et l’histoire de la philosophie. Paris: Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Actes du II. Colloque international, Laon, 7-12 juillet 1975. Table des matières : Suzanne Martinet: Aspect de la ville de Laon sous Charles le Chauve 23; Pierre Riche: Charles le Chauve et la culture de son temps 37; Bernhard Bischoff: Irische Schreiber im Karolingerreich 47; John J. Contreni: The Irish « Colony » at Laon during the time of John Scottus 59; Louis Holtz: Grammairiens irlandais au temps de Jean Scot : quelques aspects de leur pédagogie 69; Jean Jolivet: L’enjeu de la grammaire pour Godescalc 79; Terence A. M. Bishop: Autographa of John the Scot 89; Jean Vezin: A propos des manuscrits de Jean Scot : quelques remarques sur les manuscrits autographes du haut moyen âge 95; André Vernet: Fragment d’un manuscrit du « Periphyseon » de Jean Scot (xie siècle) 101; Bernhard Bischoff und Édouard Jeauneau: Ein neuer Text aus der Gedankenwelt des Johannes Scottus 109; R.. Le Bourdellès: Connaissance du grec et méthodes de traduction dans le monde carolingien jusqu’à Scot Érigène 117; Jeanne Barbet, Le traitement des « Expositiones in ierarchiam caelestem» de Jean Scot par le compilateur du Corpus dionysien du XIIIe siècle 125; Édouard Jeauneau: La traduction érigénienne des Ambigua de Maxime le Confesseur : Thomas Gale (1636-1702) et le Codex remensis 135; Marie-Thérèse d’Alverny: Les « Solutiones ad Chosroem » de Priscianus Lydus et Jean Scot 145; Jean Préaux, Jean Scot et Martin de Laon en face du De nuptiis de Martianus Capella 161; Claudio Leonardi: Glosse eriugeniane a Marziano Capella in un codice leidense 171; Goulven Madec: L’augustinisme de Jean Scot dans le « De praedestinatione » 183; John J. O’Meara: Eriugena’s Use of Augustine in his Teaching of the return of the Soul and the Vision of God 191; Joseph Moreau: Le Verbe et la création selon S. Augustin et J. Scot Érigène 201; Guy-H. Allard: Quelques remarques sur la « disputationis series » du « De divisione naturae » 211; Dominique O’Meara: L’investigation et les investigateurs dans le « De divisione naturae » de Jean Scot Érigène 225; Ludwig Bieler: Observations on Eriugena’s « Commentary on the Gospel of John »: a second Harvest 235; Peter Dronke, « Theologia veluti quaedam poetria » : quelques observations sur la fonction des images poétiques chez Jean Scot 243; Barbara Münxelhaus, Aspekte der musica disciplina bei Eriugena 253; Werner Beierwaltes: « Negati affirmatio »: Welt als Metapher. Zur Grundlegung einer mittelalterlichen Aesthetik 263; Marta Cristiani: La notion de loi dans le « De Praedestinatione » de Jean Scot 277; Gangolf Schrimpf: Die Sinnmitte von « Periphyseon » 289; Francis Bertin: Les origines de l’homme chez Jean Scot 307; Bernard Mc Ginn: The Negative Element in the Anthropology of John the Scot 315; Brian Stock: « Intelligo me esse »: Eriugena’s « Gogito » 327; Jean-Claude Foussard: Apparence et apparition : la notion de « phantasia » chez Jean Scot 337; Jean Trouillard: La notion d’« analyse » chez Érigène 349; Stanislas Breton: Langage spatial, langage métaphysique dans le néo-platonisme érigénien 357; Stephen Gersh: « Per se ipsum »: The Problem of Immédiate and Mediate Causation in Eriugena and his Neoplatonic Predecessors 367; Tullio Gregory: L’eschatologie de Jean Scot 377; Maurice de Gandillac: Anges et hommes dans le Commentaire de Jean Scot sur la « Hiérarchie céleste » 393; Paolo Lucentini: La « Clavis physicae » di Honorius Augustodunensis e la tradizione eriugeniana nel secolo XII 405; Jean Châtillon: Hugues de Saint-Victor critique de Jean Scot 415; Paul Vignaux: Jean de Ripa, Hugues de Saint-Victor et Jean Scot sur les théophanies 433; Michael Lapidge: L’influence stylistique de la poésie de Jean Scot 441; Gabrielle Sed-Rajna: L’influence de Jean Scot sur la doctrine du kabbaliste Azriel de Gérone 453; Elena Ofélia Bellinotto: Las cuatro naturalezas en Juan Escoto Eriùgena y Leon Hebreo 465; René Martin: À propos d’une remarque de Schopenhauer sur Jean Scot Érigène et la philosophie indienne 469; Yves Christe: Sainte-Marie de Compïègne et le temple d’Hézéchiel 477-481.
  3. Beierwaltes, Werner, ed. 1980. Eriugena. Studien zu seinen Quellen, Abhandlungen der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse. Heidelberg: Carl Winter. Vorträge des III. Internationalen Eriugena-Colloquiums, Freiburg im Breisgau, 27.-30. August 1979. Inhalt: Werner Beierwaltes: Zur Einführung in das Freiburger Colloquium 1; Arthur Hilary Armstrong: Philosophy, Theology and Interpretation: the Interpretation of Interpreters 7; Guy H. Allard: Vocabulaire érigénien relatif à la représentation de l’Écriture 15; Édouard Jeauneau: La division des sexes chez Grégoire de Nysse et chez Jean Scot Érigène 33; Stephen Gersh: Omnipresence in Eriugena. Some Reflections on Augustino-Maximian Elements in Periphyseon 55; Goulven Madec: Observations sur le dossier augustinien du „Periphyseon“ 75; Brian Stock: In Search of Eriugena’s Augustine 85; John J. O’Meara: „Magnorum Virorum Quendam Consensum Velimus Machinari“ (804 B). Eriugena’s Use of Augustine’s De Genesi ad litteram in the Periphyseon 105; John Marenbon: John Scottus and the‘Categoriae Decem’ 117; Gangolf Schrimpf: Johannes Scottus Eriugena und die Rezeption des Martianus Capella im karolingischen Bikiungswesen 135; Marta Cristiani: L’espace de l’âme. La controverse sur la corporéité des esprits, le „De statu animae“ de Claudien Mamert et le „Periphyseon“ 149; Marie-Elisabeth Duchez: Jean Scot Érigène premier lecteur du „De institutione musica“ de Boèce? 165; Giulio d’Onofrio: A proposito del „magnificus Boetius“: un’ indagine sulla presenza degli „Opuscula sacra“ e della „Consolatio“ nell’ opera eriugeniana 159; Indices 201-206.
  4. Allard, Guy-H., ed. 1986. Jean Scot écrivain. Paris: Vrin. Actes du IV. Colloque international, Montréal, 28 aout-2 septembre 1983. Table des matières : Guy-H. Allard : Présentation 9; Édouard Jeauneau : Jean Scot et l’ironie 13; Paul Dietrich; Donald F. Duclow : Paradise and Eschatology : Symbolism and Exegesis in « Peri-physeon V » 29; Paul E. Dutton : Eriugena the Royal Poet 51; Gustavo Piemonte : L’expression « quae sunt et quae non sunt » : Jean Scot et Marius Victorinus 81; John J. O’Meara : Translating Eriugena 115; Jean Pépin: Jean Scot, traducteur de Denys. L’exemple de la « Lettre IX» 129; Goulven Madec : Jean Scot et ses auteurs 143; Claudio Leonardi: Nouvelle présentation d’un vieux problème 187; Werner Beierwaltes: Language and its object 209; Giulio d’Onofrio: « Disputandi disciplina ». Procédés dialectiques et « logica vetus » dans le langage philosophique de Jean Scot 229; Michael Herren: The Commentary on Martianus Attributed to John Scottus : its Hiberno-Latin Background 265; Padraig O’Neill : The Old-Irish Words in Eriugena’s Biblical Glosses 287; Colettte Jeudy: L’attitude de Rémi d’Auxerre face aux innovations linguistiques de Jean Scot 299; Diane Desroisiers-Bonin : Etude des radicaux et de leur répartition dans le dialogue du « Periphyseon » 311; Gilles Touchette : L’affixation dans le « Periphyseon » : analyse générale et étude d’un cas-type 327; Christine Coallier : Le vocabulaire des arts libéraux dans le « Periphyseon » 343-360.
  5. Beierwaltes, Werner, ed. 1987. Eriugena redivivus. Zur Wirkungsgeschichte seines Denkens im Mittelalter und im übergang zur Neuzeit, Abhandlungen der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse. Heidelberg: Carl Winter. Vorträge des V. Internationalen Eriugena-Colloquiums Werner-Reimers-Stiftung Bad Homburg, 26-30. August 1985. Inhalt: Vorbemerkung 9; John J. O’Meara: Eriugena’s Immediate Influence 13; Édouard Jeauneau: Le renouveau érigénien du XIIe siècle 26; Giulio d’Onofrio: Die Überlieferung der dialektischen Lehre Eriugenas in den hochmittelalterlichen Schulen 47; Claudio Leonardi: Der Kommentar von Johannes Scotus zu Martianus Capella im 12. Jahrhundert 77; Christel Meier: Über die Eriugena-Rezeption bei Hildegard von Bingen 89; Yves Christe: Influences et Retentissement de l’Oeuvre de Jean Scot sur l’Art Médiéval: Bilan et Perspectives 142; Stephen Gersh: Honorius Augustodunensis and Eriugena. Remarks on the Method and Content of the Clavis Physicae 162; Paolo Lucentini: L’eresia di Amalrico 174; James McEvoy: John Scottus Eriugena and Robert Grosseteste: An ambiguous Influence 192; Dominic J. O’Meara: Eriugena and Aquinas on the Beatific Vision 214; Guy-H. Allard: L’Attitude de Jean Scot et de Dante à l’Égard du Thème des Deux Infinis: Dieu et la Matière Première 237; Alois M. Haas: Eriugena und die Mystik 254; Gustavo A. Piemonte: Les Expositiones in Hierarchiam coelestem de Jean Scot et un opuscule hébreu pseudépigraphique du XIIIe siècle 279; Werner Beierwaltes: Eriugena und Cusanus 311; Indice 344-356.
  6. Leonardi, Claudio, and Menstò, Enrico, eds. 1989. Giovanni Scoto nel suo tempo. L’organizzazione del sapere in età Carolingia. Spoleto: Centro Italiano di studi sull’Alto Medioevo. Atti del XXIV. Convegno storico internazionale: Todi, 11-14 ottobre 1987. Indice: Premessa di Claudio Leonardi ed Enrico Menestò VII; Discorso inaugurale: Rudolf Schieffer: Regno e Chiesa sotto Carlo il Calvo 1; Relazioni: I Deug-Su, Agiografia e potere in età carolingia 27; John J. Contreni: The Carolingian School: Letters from the Classroom 81; Gangolf Schrimpf: Die systematische Bedeutung der beiden logischen Einteilungen (divisiones) zu Beginn von Periphyseon 113; Louis Holtz: L’einsegnement de la grammaire au temps de Charles le Chauve 153; Paolo Chiesa: Traduzioni e traduttori dal greco nel IX secolo: sviluppi di una tecnica 171; Rosamond McKitterick: Manuscripts and scriptoria in the reign of Charles the Bald, 840-877 201; Bernard McGinn: Eriugena Mysticus 235; Silvia Cantelli, L’esegesi al tempo di Ludovico il Pio e Carlo il Calvo 261; Marta Cristiani: Itinerari e potenzialità del pensiero cristiano in età carolingia: la teologia trinitaria di Giovanni Scoto 337; James McEvoy: ‘Reditus omnium in superessentialem unitatem’: Christ as universal Saviour in Periphyseon V 365; Gian Luca Potestà: Ordine ed eresia nella controversia sulla predestinazione 383; Giulio d’Onofrio: I fondatori di Parigi. Giovanni Scoto e la teologia del suo tempo 413; Guy H. Allard: Un analyseur syntaxique du Periphyseon 457; Édouard Jeauneau: L ’edition du livre IV du Periphyseon 469; Mark A. Zier: The Shape of the Critical Edition of Periphyseon IV 487; Lesley Smith: The Manuscript Tradition of Periphyseon Book 4 499; Girolamo Arnaldi: Anastasio Bibliotecario, Carlo il Calvo e la fortuna di Dionigi l’Areopagita nel secolo IX 513; Michael W. Herren: Gli ebrei nella cultura letteraria al tempo di Carlo il Calvo 537; M. Elisabeth Duchez: Le savoir theorico-musical carolingien dans les commentaires de Martianus Capella. La tradition erigenienne 553; Comunicazioni: Willemien Otten, The Role of Man in the Eriugenian Universe: Dependance or Autonomy 595-609.
  7. Beierwaltes, Werner, ed. 1990. Begriff und Metapher. Sprachform des Denkens bei Eriugena, Abhandlungen der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse. Heidelberg: Carl Winter. Vorträge des VII. Internationalen Eriugena-Colloquiums Werner-Reimers-Stiftung Bad Homburg, 26.-29. Juli 1989. Inhalt: Vorwort 11; Giulio d’Onofrio: Über die Natur der Einteilung. Die dialektische Entfaltung von Eriugenas Denken 17; Werner Beierwaltes: Duplex Theoria. Zu einer Denkform Eriugenas 39; Gangolf Schrimpf: Der Begriff des Elements in Periphyseon III 65; Gustavo Piemonte: Image et contenu intelligible dans la conception érigénienne de la ‘diffusio dei’ 80; Guy-H. Allard: “Medietas” chez Jean Scot 95; Stephen Gersh: The Structure of the Return in Eriugena’s Periphyseon 108; Édouard Jeauneau: Jean-Scot et la Métaphysique des Nombres 126; Dominic O’Meara: The metaphysical Use of mathematical Concepts in Eriugena 142; James McEvoy: Metaphors of Light and Metaphysics of Light in Eriugena 149; Alois M. Haas: Homo-medietas. Sinn und Tragweite von Eriugenas Metapher vom Menschen als einer ‘dritten Welt’ 168; Rainier Brueren: Die Schrift als Paradigma der Wahrheit. Gedanken zum Vorbegriff der Metaphysik bei Johannes Scotus Eriugena 187; Willemien Otten: The Universe of Nature and the Universe of Man: Difference and Identity 202; Peter Dronke: Eriugena’s Earthly Paradise 213; Indices 230-231.
  8. McGinn, Bernard, and Otten, Willemien, eds. 1994. Eriugena: East and West. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. Papers of the VIII. International Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies, Chicago and Notre Dame, 18-20 October 1991. Contents: Contributors IX; Abbreviations XI; Introduction: Bernard McGinn: Eriugena: East and West ; Part 1 Historical Background Michael McCormick: Diplomacy and the Carolingian Encounter with Byzantium down to the Accession of Charles the Bald 15; Part 2 Themes of the East-West Encounter John Meyendorff: Remarks on Eastern Patristic Thought in John Scottus Eriugena 51; Willemien Otten: Eriugena’s Periphyseon: A Carolingian Contribution to the Theological Tradition 69; J. C. Marler: Dialectical Use of Authority in the Periphyseon 95; Giulio d’Onofrio: The Concordia of Augustine and Dionysius: Toward a Hermeneutic of the Disagreement of Patristic Sources in John the Scot’s Periphyseon 115; Deirdre Carabine: Eriugena’s Use of the Symbolism of Light, Cloud, and Darkness in the Periphyseon 141; James McEvoy: Biblical and Platonic Measure in John Scottus Eriugena 153; Jean Pépin: Humans and Animals: Aspects of Scriptural Reference in Eriugena’s Anthropology 179; Part 3 Eastern Sources and Influences Werner Beierwaltes: Unity and Trinity in East and West 209; Donald F. Duclow: Isaiah Meets the Seraph: Breaking Ranks in Dionysius and Eriugena? 233; Eric D. Perl: Metaphysics and Christology in Maximus Confessor and Eriugena 253; Oleg Bychkov: Russian Scholarship on the Interrelation of Eastern and Western Thought in John Scottus Eriugena 271 Index of Names 281; Index of Subjects 285-290.
  9. Riel, Gerd van, Steel, Carlos, and McEvoy, James, eds. 1996. Iohannes Scottus Eriugena. The Bible and Hermeneutics. Leuven: Leuven University Press. Proceedings of the IX. International Colloquium of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies held at Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, June 7-10, 1995. Table of Contents: Foreword V; List of Contributors VII; Abbreviations of Editions IX; James McEvoy: Introduction. News and Views on Eriugena’s Hermeneutics XIII; John J. Contreni: Carolingian Biblical Culture 1; Martin McNamara: The Irish Tradition of Biblical Exegesis, A.D. 550-800 25: Bernard McGinn: The Originality of Eriugena’s Spiritual Exegesis 55; Willemien Otten: The Parallelism of Nature and Scripture: Reflections on Eriugena’s Incarnational Exegesis 81; Thomas O’Loughlin: Biblical Contradictions in the Periphyseon and the Development of Eriugena’s Method 103; José Luis Canton Alonso: Le rôle herméneutique de la foi dans la pensée érigénienne 127; Jack C. Marler: Scriptural Truth in the Periphyseon 155; Agnieszka Kijewska: The Eriugenian Concept of Theology: John the Evangelist as the Model Theologian 173; Deirdre Carabine: Five Wise Virgins: Theosis and Return in Periphyseon V 195; Robert D. Crouse: Primordiales Causae in Eriugena’s Interpretation of Genesis: Sources and Significance 209; Donald F. Duclow: Denial or Promise of the Tree of Life ? Eriugena, Augustine and Genesis 3:22b 221; Carlos Steel: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil 239; Stephen Gersh: Eriugena’s Ars Rhetorica — Theory and Practice 261; Anneli Luhtala: Grammar and Dialectic: A Topical Issue in the Ninth Century 279; Michael W. Herren: John Scottus and the Biblical Manuscripts Attributed to the Circle of Sedulius 303; Gustavo A. Piemonte: Recherches sur les ‘Tractatus in Matheum’ attribués à Jean Scot 321; Édouard Jeauneau: Artifex Scriptura 351; Gerd Van Riel: A Bibliographical Survey of Eriugenian Studies 1987-1995 367; Index 401-408.
  10. McEvoy, James, and Dunne, Michael, eds. 2002. History and Eschatology in John Scottus Eriugena and His Time. Leuven: Leuven University Press. Proceedings of the X. International Conference of the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies, Maynooth and Dublin, August 16-20, 2000. Table of Contents: Carlos Steel: Preface V; List of Contributors VII; Abbreviations of Editions IX; James McEvoy, Michael Dunne: Introduction XV; Opening Lecture 1. Bernard McGinn: Eriugena Confronts the End. Reflections on Johannes Scottus’s Place in Carolingian Eschatology 3; I. History and the Beyond 2. J.C. Marler: The Eriugenian Tension between History and Eschatology 33; 3. Francesco Paparella: La storia in Eriugena come autocoscienza divina 39; II. Grammar 4. Catherine Kavanagh: “The Philosophical Importance of Grammar for Eriugena 61; 5. Anneli Luthala: Time and the Substantival Verb in Eriugena 77; III. Discoveries and Identifications 6. John Contreni: John Scottus and Bede 91; 7. Paul Dutton: Eriugena’s Workshop: the Making of the Periphyseon in Rheims 875 141; 8. Carl Laga: A Complete Graeco-Latin Index of Maximus Confessor’s Quaestiones ad Thalassium 169; 9. James McEvoy: John Scottus Eriugena and Thomas Gallus, Commentators on the Mystical Theology 183; 10. Francesco Mosetti Casaretto: ‘Intuere coelum apertum’: l’esordio dell’ ‘epistola ad Grimaldum abbatem’ di Ermenrico di Ellwangen fra Ilduino di Saint-Denis e Giovanni Scoto 203; 11. Gustavo A. Piemonte: Some Distinctive Theses of Eriugena’s Eschatology in his Exegesis of the Gospel according to St. Matthew 227; IV. The Irish Background 12. Thomas O’ Loughlin: Imagery of the New Jerusalem in the Periphyseon and Eriugena’s Irish Background 245; 13. Hilary Richardson: Themes in Eriugena’s Writings and Early Irish Art 261; V. Eschatology of the De Praedestinatione 14. Armando Bisogno: “Essentia, voluntas et scientia”: esiti escatologici della gnoseologia del De Praedestinatione Liber 283; 15. Robert Crouse: Predestination, Human Freedom and the Augustinian Theology of History in Eriugena’s De Divina Praedestinatione 303; 16. Ernesto Sergio N. Mainoldi: Su alcune fonti ispiratrici della teologia e dell’escatologia del De Divina Praedestinatione Liber di Giovanni Scoto Eriugena 313; VI. Return and Last Things 17. José Luis Cantón Alonso: Deus omnia in omnibus: les exempla naturalia dans le discours eschatologique de Jean Scot Érigène 333; 18. Paul A. Dietrich and Donald F. Duclow: Hell and Damnation in Eriugena 347; 19. Giulio d’Onofrio: ‘Cuius esse est non posse esse’: la quarta species della natura eriugeniana tra logica, metafisica e gnoseologia 367; 20. Douglas Hadely: A twofold Problem in the twofold Eschatology of John Scottus Eriugena 413; 21. Alois Μ. Haas: Mystische Züge in Eriugenas Eschatologie 429; 22. Michael Harrington: Eastern and Western Psychological Triads in Eriugena’s Realized Eschatology 447; 23. Hilary Mooney: ‘Infinitus enim infinite, etiam in purgatissimis mentibus fonnatur’: Die Struktur der Begegnung mit dem unendlichen Gott nach Johannes Scottus Eriugena 463; 24. Dermot Moran: Time and Eternity in the Periphyseon 487; 25. Willemien Otten: The Pedagogical Aspect of Eriugena’s Eschatology: Paradise between the Letter and the Spirit 509; 26. Valery V. Petroff: Theoriae of the Return in John Scottus’ Eschatology 527; 27. Carlos Steel: The Return of the Body into Soul: Philosophical Musings on the Resurrection 581; Bibliography: Gerd Van Riel: Eriugenian Studies 1995-2000 611; Index 637-646.
  11. Otten, Willemien, and Allen, Michael I., eds. 2014. Eriugena and Creation. Turnhout: Brepols. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9-12 November 2011. Table of Contents: Willemien Otten and Michael I. Allen, Introduction to the Volume IX; Abbreviations and List of Eriugena’s Works XVII; Paul Edward Dutton: Publications by Édouard Jeauneau 1991-2014 XIX-XXIX; Section 1: Creation and Creativity: Eriugena and the Dynamics of Carolingian Culture Paul Edward Dutton: Eriugena and Virgil 30; John J. Contreni: Women in the Age of Eriugena 31; Michael W. Herren: Cultures of Grace: Eriugena and Celtic Christianity 51; Jeremy C. Thompson: God’s Own Dwelling-Place: Oppositions in the Ninth-Century Predestination Debate 85; Michael I. Allen: Poems by Lupus, written by Heiric: An Endpaper for Édouard Jeauneau (Paris, BnF, lat. 7496, fol. 249v) 105; Section 2: Cosmos and Physis: Eriugena’s Periphyseon in the Context of East and West Édouard Jeauneau: From Origen’s Periarchon to Eriugena’s Periphyseon 139; Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi: Creation in Wisdom: Eriugena’s Sophiology beyond Ontology and Meontology 183; Vincent Giraud: Being as Sign: Note on the Eriugenian Ontology 223; Donald F. Duclow: The Sleep of Adam, the Making of Eve: Sin and Creation in Eriugena 235; Adrian Guiu: “Reading the Two Books”: Exegesis and Natural Contemplation in the Periphyseon 263; Carlos Steel: Maximus Confessor and John Scottus Eriugena on Place and Time 291; Section 3: Eriugena’s Periphyseon and Medieval Concepts of Creation Alfred K. Siewers: The Periphyseon, the Irish “Otherworld”, and Early Medieval Nature 321; John Marenbon, Eriugena, Aristotelian Logic and the Creation 349; Qaiser Shahzad: Being, God, and Creation in Eriugena and Ibn ‘Arabi: An Akbarian Reading of the Periphyseon 369; Agnieszka Kijewska: Eriugena and the Twelfth Century: The Concept of Ratio 393; Daniel Yingst: Quae Omnia Concorditer Consonant: Eriugena’s Universe in the Thought of Honorius Augustodunensis 427; Bernard McGinn: Exegesis as Metaphysics: Eriugena and Eckhart on Reading Genesis 1-3 463; Section 4 : Eriugena’s Periphyseon and Modern Reception Willemien Otten: Eriugena and Emerson on Nature and the Self 503; Adriaan T. Peperzak: Between John from Ireland and Hegel from Berlin 539; Stephen Gersh: En-Countering Periphyseon: An Essay in Reading Heidegger and Eriugena 559; Dermot Moran: Christian Neoplatonism and the Phenomenological Tradition: The Hidden Influence of John Scottus Eriugena 601; Joke Schakenraad: The Rational Mysticism of John Scottus Eriugena and Ludwig Wittgenstein 637; Jean-Luc Marion: Veluti ex nihilo in aliquid. Remarks on Eriugena’s path from apophasis to diuina philosophia 657; Thomas Carlson: Theophany and the Chiaroscuro of Nature: Eriugena and the Question of Technology 681; Bibliography of Eriugenian Studies, 2000-2014 709; Notes on Contributors 735; Index 743-759.

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On the website “Theory and History of Ontology” (

Pages on Eriugena:

Dialectic and Ontology in the Periphyseon

Eriugena, Periphyseon Book I: Aristotelian Logic and Categories

Bibliography on the Philosophical Work of Eriugena:

First Part: A – J

Second Part: K – Z

Édouard Jeauneau sur la Philosophie Médiévale. Bibliographie Choisie (complete list of his Essays on Eriugena)

Index of the Section “History of the Doctrine of Categories”

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