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Title: The Theology of Giles of Rome
Author(s): SAAK, Eric Leland
Volume: 70 Issue: 1 Date: 2020
Giles of Rome was the most important Augustinian theologian of the later Middle Ages. While Giles has received significant attention by scholars of medieval philosophy, it is surprising that there is still no general interpretation of his theology as such that goes beyond pointing to the emphasis in Giles’s works on a primacy of grace, love, and will based on a Christocentric theology. This article seeks to begin to address that lack by providing a preliminary systematic treatment of Giles’s theology as a whole, drawn from a wider selection of his works than previously. Moreover, as detailed in the appendix, the 'standard' edition for Giles’s Ordinatio on book 1 of the Sentences, the Venice 1521 edition, cannot be relied on and is indeed misleading for interpreting Giles’s own organization of his text, whereby a new structure and system of reference is presented. Thus the article is also intended to call attention to, and indeed makes a plea for, the need for the critical edition of Giles’s works, and particularly his Ordinatio, to continue in order to restore Giles to his rightful, historical place in the late medieval theological tradition.