Abelard, Peter

Type: Person

Alternate Labels

  • Peter Abelard
  • Peter Abélard
  • Petrus Abaelardus
  • Petrus Abailardus
  • Pierre Abélard

Key Passages

Reading List




  • Logica ‘ingredientibus’
  • Dialectica
  • Introductiones parvulorum
  • Logica ‘nostrorum petitioni sociorum’
  • Tractatus de intellectibus
  • Sententiae secundum Magistrum Petrum


  • Ethica seu Scito teipsum, “Ethics, or, Know Yourself.”
  • Collationes a.k.a. Dialogus inter Philosophum, Iudaeum, et Christianum
  • Carmen ad Astralabium

Philosophical theology

  • Theologia ‘summi boni’
  • Theologia christiana
  • Theologia ‘scholarium’
  • Expositio orationis dominicae
  • Expositio symboli Apostolorum
  • Expositio fidei in symbolum Athanasii
  • Hexaëmeron
  • Commentaria in Epistolam Pauli ad Romanos
  • Soliloquium
  • Problemata Heloïssae cum Petri Abaelardi solutionibus
  • Sic et non


  • Grammatica
  • Rhetorica
  • commentary on Ezekiel

Anthologies and Studies

from NNDB: Peter Abelard: Bibliography

  • Jeffrey E. Brower; Kevin Guilfoy (editor). The Cambridge Companion to Abelard. Cambridge University Press. 2004. 362pp.
  • James Burge. Heloise and Abelard: A New Biography of History’s Great Lovers. Harper San Francisco. 2003. 319pp.
  • M. T. Clanchy. Abelard: A Medieval Life. Blackwell Publishing. 1997. 416pp.
  • Gabriel Compayré. Abelard and the Origin and Early History of Universities. Greenwood Press. 1969. 315pp.
  • Etienne Gilson. Heloise and Abelard. Regnery. 1951. 194pp.
  • Leif Grane. Peter Abelard; Philosophy and Christianity in the Middle Ages. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World. 1970. 190pp.
  • Roger Bradshaigh Lloyd. The Stricken Lute: An Account of the Life of Peter Abelard. L. Dickson. 1932. 221pp.
  • David Edward Luscombe. The School of Peter Abelard: The Influence of Abelard’s Thought in the Early Scholastic Period. University Press. 1970. 360pp.
  • Marion Meade. Stealing Heaven: The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard. William Morrow. 1979. 415pp.
  • C. J. Mews. Abelard and Heloise. Oxford University Press. 2005. 308pp.
  • Constant J. Mews. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-century France. Macmillan. 2001. 400pp. With translations by Neville Chiavaroli and Constant J. Mews
  • Albert Victor Murray. Abélard and St. Bernard: A Study in Twelfth Century “Modernism”. Barnes & Noble. 1967. 168pp.
  • Roberto Pinzani. The Logical Grammar of Abelard. Springer. 2003. 242pp.
  • Charles de Rémusat. Abélard. Paris: Librairie Philosophique de Ladrange. 1845. (2 vols.) 509pp. + 563pp. Language: French.
  • Durant Waite Robertson. Abelard and Heloise. Dial Press. 1972. 238pp.
  • Kathleen M. Starnes. Peter Abelard: His Place in History. University Press of America. 1981. 151pp.
  • Paul L. Williams. The Moral Philosophy of Peter Abelard. University Press of America. 1980. 191pp.
  • Marjorie Muir Worthington. The Immortal Lovers: Heloise and Abelard. Doubleday. 1960. 238pp.

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