New Book by CMS Alumnus Jon Robinson

Hot off the press (and just in time for Christmas): Jon Robinson’s (PhD 2010) book on William of Ockham’s Early Theory of Property Rights. The book is a revised version of Jon’s dissertation. Congratulations, Jon!!

“William of Ockham’s (ca. 1288-1347) Opus nonaginta dierum has long been of interest to historians for his theory of rights. Yet the results of this interest has been uneven because most studies do not take sufficient account of the defences of Franciscan poverty already articulated by his fellow Franciscans, Bonagratia of Bergamo, Michael of Cesena, and Francis of Marchia. This book therefore presents and analyzes Ockham’s account of property rights alongside those of his confreres. This contextualization of Ockham’s theory corrects many misconceptions about his theory of property, natural law, and natural rights, and therefore also provides a new foundation for studies of his political oeuvre, intellectual development, and significance as a political theorist.”

Alice Hutton Sharp wins Schindler/Leonardi Scholarship

Alice Hutton Sharp has been awarded a Zeno Karl Schindler/Claudio Leonardi Scholarship to spend four months in Europe next fall looking at twelfth and early thirteenth-century manuscripts to complete her dissertation on the Glossa Ordinaria on Genesis. The Schindler/Leonardi Scholarship has been put in place by the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, Geneva, and the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL), Florence, for research projects in Medieval Latin. Congratulations, Alice!