Reportatio IIA (Quaestiones in secundum librum Sententiarum) qq. 1-12

Franciscus de Marchia and edited by Tiziana Suarez Nani, William Duba, Emmanuel Babey, and Girard Etzkorn

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This commentary exists in two versions:
The major version is contained in 17 manuscripts and the critical edition of it is being prepared by a team of specialists led by Prof. Tiziana Suarez-Nani of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. A minor version is found in one Vatican manuscript and is being edited by Prof. Em. Girard J. Etzkorn. The texts edited in this volume all deal with creation, and investigate such central philosophical and theological issues as action, production, and causality, being and nothingness, the nature of time, God’s relation to the world he created, and the distinction between God’s creation and God’s conservation of the world. Typical of this section of Sentences commentaries is a discussion of the eternity of the world (q. 12), in which Marchia defends the (counterfactual) possibility of the world’s eternality as well as the possibility of an actual infinite. Somewhat more unusual for this part of a medieval Sentences commentary is Marchia’s highly detailed discussion of the problem of universals and the validity of syllogistic argumentation, all of this part of Marchia’s attempt to determine whether creation can be demonstrated about God (q. 1). Throughout these twelve questions, Marchia challenges the ideas of some of the later Middle Ages’ best minds, including Peter Auriol, Durand of St. Pourçain, John Duns Scotus, Henry of Ghent, and Giles of Rome.

I. Francis of Marchia's Life

II. Francis of Marchia's Works
1. Quaestiones in IV libros Sententiarum
2. Quodlibet
3. In libros Physicorum
4. Quaestiones in Metaphysicam (books I-VII)
5. Quaestiones super primum et secundum librum Metaphysicorum
6. Improbatio contra libellum Domini Iohannis qui incipit “Quia vir reprobus”
7. Quaestio utrum nativitas Christi fuerit naturalis
8. Sermons xxii

III. The Commentaries on the Four Books of the Sentences
1. Composition, dating and manuscript tradition
A. Principia
B. Book I
C. Book II
D. Book III
E. Book IV
2. The content of the Commentary on the Sentences
A. Book I
B. Book II
C. Book III
D. Book IV

IV. The Questions on the Second Book of the Sentences xxxvi
1. Redactions
A. Reportatio IIA and Reportatio IIB
B. Reportatio IIA, the Redaction DH, and the Principium secundi
C. Summary of results
2. The text of Reportatio IIA
V. Summary of the Themes Treated in Reportatio IIA, Questions 1-12
VI. The Sources of Reportatio IIA, Questions 1-12
1. Explicit sources
2. Implicit sources

VII. Francis' Doctrine of Creation and Historical Impact:
A Preliminary Assessment

VIII. The Edition
1. Manuscripts
2. Stemma
3. Retention of manuscripts
4. Characteristics of individual retained manuscripts
5. Editorial method

IX. Editorial Conventions
1. Symbols used in the text
2. Symbols used in the apparatus criticus
3. Abbreviations used in the apparatus criticus
4. Abbreviations used in the apparatus fontium and the bibliographies
5. Sigla of the manuscripts

Reportatio A in II Librum Sententiarum, qq. 1-12

Format: Text edition - ebook

278 pages

ISBN: 9789461660299

Publication: June 24, 2009

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 3 Francisci de Marchia Opera Philosophica et Theologica 1

Languages: English

Stock item number: 56261

E. Babey is a Ph.D. candidate at Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne and Université de Neuchâtel.
Girard J. Etzkorn is a former professor emeritus at St. Bonaventure University. He died in 2023.
T. Suarez-Nani is Ordinary Professor of Philosophy at Université de Fribourg.
W. Duba is a Swiss National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Université de Fribourg.

We hopen dat deze uitgave, die de eerste vormt in een nieuwe serie van het De Wulf-Mansioncentrum, spoedig een vervolg zal krijgen en dat de hoge kwaliteitsnorm gehandhaafd zal blijven (zoals eerder in de Opera omnia van Hendrik van Gent).
Jules Janssens, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 72 (2010), 2


The Latin text itself has been set out with care and elegance and will be a pleasure to use. The series promises very well and the Sentences volumes in particular will form an invaluable addition to the range of conveniently available examples of the genre.
G. R. EVANS, The Journal of Theological Studies, 60 (2) 738