About SPES

SPES is the acronym for the Society for the Promotion of Eriugenian Studies; the Society was 50 years old in 2020. The initial idea to found SPES was born at a conference organized by John O’Meara and Ludwig Bieler at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin in 1970. SPES has been active ever since in developing Eriugenian studies at high scholarly level by hosting international colloquia and publishing the proceedings. In keeping with the times we live in, web resources and links will be listed on our website resources page. In this way, our website aims to be a valuable resource for Eriugena scholars. Interested parties are cordially invited to send links to new publications related to Eriugena or his times. The website will replace the now obsolete Bulletin started by the late James McEvoy. (You can read these in the site sidebar). 

Current Administration
President: Prof. Willemien Otten
Secretary: Dr Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi

Officers of SPES:
Prof. Guy-H. Allard, Prof. John J. Contreni, Prof. Paul E. Dutton, Prof. Giulio d’Onofrio, Prof. Stephen, Gersh, Prof. Michael Herren, Prof. Bernard McGinn, Prof. Dermot Moran, Prof. Carlos Steel

Former Presidents:

bieler_archivoeaw  First Honorary President Ludwig Bieler

John O’Meara (†) 1970-1975 René Roques (†) 1975-1979 Werner Beierwaltes (†) 1979-1983  Guy-H. Allard 1983-1987 Claudio Leonardi (†) 1987-1991 Bernard McGinn 1991-1996 Carlos Steel 1996-2000 James McEvoy (†) 2000-2010 Willemien Otten (2011-)

Last Honorary President John O'Meara

OMeara pic

SPES Conferences

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.

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.

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.

Allard, Guy-H., ed. 1986. Jean Scot Écrivain. Paris: Vrin. Actes du IV. Colloque international, Montreal, 28 aout-2 septembre 1983.

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.

Leonardi, Claudio, ed. 1989. Giovanni Scoto Nel Suo Tempo. L'organizzazione Del Sapere in Età Carolingia. Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull'Alto Medioevo.  Atti del VI. Convegno storico internazionale: Todi, 11-14 ottobre 1987.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Allen, Michael I., and Otten, Willemien, eds. 2014. Eriugena and Creation. Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 68, Turnhout: Brepols. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9-12 November 2011.

*Prof. Deirdre Carabine is the webmaster and manages the social media pages of the Society. You can email her with comments and emendations: deecarabine@gmail.com