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Dr Riccardo Saccenti

Dr Riccardo Saccenti

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Team Member, ERC project Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought (1225-1245)

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Riccardo Saccenti completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pisa in May 2008. He has been a post doctoral research fellow of the Université Nancy 2, the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea (CNR). He has been a fellow of the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII in Bologna. He researched into the moral discourse between 12th and early 13th centuries, focusing on the writings of Peter Lombard, Stephen Langton, Philip the Chancellor and Hugh of Saint Cher.

His major works concern the medieval theories of free will, natural law, the sacraments and the early reception of Peter Lombard’s Sentences. During his current project, he will be examining the still unedited and unpublished writings by John of La Rochelle and the manuscript tradition of book IV of the Summa fratris Alexandri.

Research interests
  • Medieval ethics
  • Medieval epistemological discourse
  • Peter Lombard’s Sentences and their reception
  • Sacraments between 12th and early 13th centuries
  • Medieval doctrines of natural law
Selected publications
  • Conservare la retta volontà: L’atto morale nelle dottrine di Filippo il Cancelliere e Ugo di Saint-Cher (1225-1235), Bologna 2013
  • Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey, Notre Dame, IN 2016
  • Un nuovo lessico morale medievale. Il contributo di Burgundio da Pisa, Roma 2016
  • ‘The Materia super libros Sententiarum attributed to Peter Comestor: Study of the Text and Critical Edition,’ Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 54 (2013): 155-215
  • ‘Stefano Langton sul battesimo. Edizione delle Quaestiones,’ Medioevo: Rivista di storia della filosofia medievale 40 (2016): 197-264

Adjunct professor of Medieval Philosophy (University of Bologna)

Expertise and public engagement

Columnist for the Corriere Fiorentino and Toscana Oggi.