Albert the Great

Albert the Great
(c. 1200-80)
   Now chiefly remembered as Thomas Aquinas' tutor in the Dominican schools at Cologne and Paris, and as the one that introduced him to Aristotle's work, Albert the Great (or Albertus Magnus) did, however, leave a very substantial body of writings of his own, including many expositions of Aristotelian texts and of ancient and Arabic commentaries on Aristotelian texts. His wide-ranging work, which included not just philosophical and theological texts but also, reflecting his empiricist bent, texts on natural history, such as the first Western text on horticulture, merited him the nickname of 'Doctor Universalis'.
   Further reading: Albert the Great 1951-; Meyer and Zimmermann 1980; Weisheipl 1980

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