Medieval Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts: From Monastic Copying to University Teaching, Anna Somfai
The workshop explores medieval Western philosophical and scientific manuscripts produced from the 9th to 15th centuries. It considers the role manuscripts played in the creation and shaping of the medieval philosophical and scientific discourse. Manuscript will be considered as objects which transmitted ancient and medieval texts and as physical surfaces which facilitated reading, writing, thinking, and the exchange of ideas. The course examines by means of digital images the layers of textual and visual interpretation produced by scribes, readers, and annotators and considers the various interpretative attitudes that developed and interacted over time. We shall look at the relevant aspects of the production of manuscripts then analyse the diverse visual forms in which texts and diagrams appear in manuscripts copied at various times and within different scholarly milieus. We ponder how reading texts in manuscript form brought, and still brings, additional dimensions to the study of philosophical and scientific texts.